Being successful with a BYOD program also means recommending appropriate devices. There are many great devices out there. Each has their own strengths and draw backs. Here is what we believe will have the most positive impact with our students in the classroom.
Recommended Devices for BYOD
This is the recommended device for students here at Sturgeon Heights School. There are many Google Chromebooks available today. They all share the benefit of being quick to log on, easy to maintain, and can run all day.
Recommended Model and Store
We have partnered with BCOMM in North Edmonton to bring you a really great deal if you decide to go with a Chromebook. The currently recommended model is a Lenovo N42 or N23. Here are the specs
We cannot post the price publicly, but it is much better than the prices below for the specs. If you are interested, please follow this link:
You will need to register and use a school code which you can get from the school. They recommend you purchase online and pick up in store. They will also mail the package to you for cost using Canada Post.
There are many more models than listed here. These meet our recommendation, and are easily available in St. Albert or Edmonton. When considering a Chromebook or any technology it is important to try it out. Visit a store and type on the keyboard. Check out the screen and determine if you like it or need something else.
Other Devices that could work
The minimum requirement for a device is that it has a screen large enough to read on, 10" or more. It should connect easily to our WiFi at school and support 802.11N with WPS+ security. It can run all of Google's applications natively and have a full day of battery life. Real world experience is different than advertised battery life, so be careful with this one. It should say 8 hours or more of life just to make through our 6 hours day!
The school wants this to be a positive experience for all children and families. If purchasing a device presents a real problem, please contact the school. We will work something out for everyone that is fair and appropriate. No one will be left out.