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One-to-One Technology

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the March 22th ÉPK School Council meeting where we discussed Elk Island Catholic School Division’s move to a One–to-One technology environment beginning in September of 2016. If you were unable to attend that meeting, there will be another one held for all parents:

Tuesday, April 19th 2016
St Theresa School Drama Theatre
2021 Brentwood Blvd Sherwood Park.
6:30PM

As you have heard, starting in September of 2016, EICS will be implementing One-to-One in EICS, which means students in grades 4 through 12 are requested to bring their own technology devices to school for educational purposes. In the classroom, students will use devices responsibly, and only with the permission and direction of the teacher or other staff member. Of course, technology alone will not improve learning — when combined with the right instruction from skilled staff, amazing things can happen.

Students in grades K-3 will also have access to school technology that will be used to enhance learning and engagement in the classroom. At this time there will not be a fee for this use, as costs will be the schools’ responsibility.

Students are welcome to use laptops, iOS and Android tablets which will access our secure WiFi network.

A device brought for learning should meet the following requirements:

  • Internet ready (preferably with the Chrome browser)
  • Ability to type
  • Battery life of a full school day (6 hours)
  • Easily labelled for identification
  • Ability for the child to easily manage

Click here: https://www.eics.ab.ca/programs/digital-citizenship for further information. On this webpage you will find several helpful documents, including:

  1. A fact sheet of Frequently Asked Questions on our One-to-One program
  2. Purchase information from the Division Partner – Staples
  3. Leasing information for those who prefer to lease, rather than purchase a device for their child.

Please plan to attend the general meeting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 19 in order to have more of your questions answered, or contact us at the school to assist you with this process.

Sincerely,
ÉPK Catholic School Leadership Team

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