Serra students are required to bring a portable internet access device (Chromebook, Laptop, or Tablet) to school daily. The program, commonly referred to as BYOD (bring your own device), allows students to access internet resources as needed on campus and in classroom curriculum. The BYOD model holds particular advantages for students—not only does the program respond to personal device preferences of students and their families, it also replicates the environment that students will encounter in their college classrooms.
BYOD Program FAQs
- What is a BYOD Program?
- If every student has his own device, does this mean he will no longer use paper, pencils and books?
- What is G Suite for Education
- Can we use our existing laptop/device, or do we need to purchase one?
- Are some devices better than others for classroom use?
- What about iPads?
- What if the battery runs out during school?
- What if the device breaks and needs to be repaired, or becomes inoperable due to software or hardware failure?
- Will the school loan students devices to use, if theirs are being repaired?
- Will Serra faculty members teach students how to use, maintain and update their devices?
- Will Serra provide Internet filtering?
- Who should I contact if I have technical questions about portable devices, or device recommendations at Serra?
Teachers use a combination of tools in the classroom to achieve learning objectives. Conventional classroom tools (i.e. paper, pencils and print books) are still used in addition to eTextbooks, conducting research online, creating online projects and presentations, and collaborating with students and teachers online.
G Suite for Education is a suite of web-based educational collaboration tools used by Serra and the majority of colleges throughout the United States. G Suite includes: Google Mail, Google Drive, Google Sites, Google Classroom, etc. Each Serra student is provided and expected to use a school G Suite for Education account. G Suite for Education is Serra’s primary platform for teaching and communication.
Through experience we have found that some devices more effectively support eTextbooks and the G Suite for Education Suite.
- Chromebooks - very lightweight, fast startup, extended battery life, easy wireless connectivity, seamless with G Suite for Education, low cost
- Android Tablets - very lightweight, fast startup, extended battery life, easy wireless connectivity, seamless with G Suite for Education, low cost
Although iPads meet our minimum portable device requirements, we have found them to have some issues with activities/applications teachers commonly use in the classroom. Students have experienced difficulty creating new documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Google Apps, print formatting when using Google Cloud Print, and correctly displaying text layout and videos in eTextbooks.
Student devices must meet the established minimum battery life requirements. Students are expected to have their device fully charged at the start of each school day. A student who comes to school with a dead battery or without their device is just as unprepared as a student who forgets his book or pencil.
Note: Some laptop computers may require an additional charged, changeable, battery to meet the minimum battery life requirement to last through the school day.
Yes. Temporary loaner devices may be issued at Serra’s Tech Center. The loaner device will provide web access so students can retrieve and use online resources and documents. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his academic work is not disrupted during the repair of his device. It is recommended that students regularly back up their work. (Please note: Parents are responsible for any damage or loss of a loaner device.)
We have a knowledgeable, well-staffed Technology Department at Serra. The Tech Center is available to students 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily. Click here for specific questions regarding student portable devices.