1:1 Laptop Program at O’Dowd

At O’Dowd, the personalized learning journey begins with the option for students to choose their own laptop. Students may:

  • purchase a school-distributed and supported laptop
  • or bring a school-approved Windows or Mac laptop.

Learn more about Student Laptops

All students are required to have an approved laptop to complement the educational experience at O’Dowd. It is highly recommended that students acquire an extended warranty (e.g. AppleCare, GeekSquad or other). When you purchase the school-distributed laptop or AppleCare for the Mac, your student will have immediate, on-site hardware support. Software support is provided only for O’Dowd course-specific software programs. To purchase your student’s Apple product, visit our O’Dowd Family-Funded Mac Program. This secure, custom page ensures that you’re buying the Apple device your student needs at an Educational Pricing discount. It offers all the same great features you find when shopping on the Apple website, including free delivery or in-store pickup. Alternatively, you can also visit your local Apple Retail Store. All new students must:

  • sign the O’Dowd New Student Laptop Contract (available during the online enrollment process),
  • attend Tech Check, an introduction to our 1:1 Laptop program and technical configuration of your device to work in our environment and
  • attend Orientation to learn important overall information and skills.

Tech Check open drop-in sessions will be available throughout the summer. Visit the Tech Check page for hours and check email announcements after you complete your student’s registration. Students who purchase an O’Dowd laptop will receive it at Tech Check. Students who have their own laptop must bring it for use during Tech Check. Questions? Please email Tech Support.

Tech Check Class

All new students are required to attend an introduction to O’Dowd technology session called Tech Check. At Tech Check, new students will work with our Technology staff to activate their O’Dowd credentials, install necessary programs, and make sure their laptop meets our minimum specifications. After completing Tech Check, students will be ready to begin their O’Dowd experience. Students who purchase an O’Dowd laptop will receive it at Tech Check. Students who have their own laptop must bring it for use during Tech Check.

Students attending Summer Academy: Sign-ups for a Tech Check session is done through the Summer Academy registration system.

Students not attending Summer Academy: Tech Check sessions are open drop-in, and will occur throughout the summer.

Visit our Tech Check page for dates and times of drop-in sessions, and what to expect.

Philosophy

Technology touches every part of our lives.  At O’Dowd, it helps students acquire the skills they need to thrive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy.

Effective technology integration deepens and enhances the learning process, supporting four key areas of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts.  Since the inception of our 1:1 laptop program in 2008, we have provided our classrooms with a wide range of interesting, diverse, and current learning materials.

At O’Dowd, technology changes the way teachers teach, offering effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means.  By combining eLearning, simulation-based learning, and classroom-based learning through a centralized learning management system, teachers take on roles of coach to content expert and make their lessons more meaningful and fun.

Resources

O’Dowd utilizes several tools to help students, parents and faculty.

Schoology is learning management system that all teachers and students use to communicate in and out of class. Teachers will post homework, labs, videos, presentations, and other class resources. Students and teachers can interact through blogs, discussion boards, and live sessions. Parents, learn more about Schoology here.

PowerSchool is our online grading report system. Parents have access to their student’s assignments and grades, allowing parents to collaborate with teachers. Parents, learn more about PowerSchool here.

Naviance allows parent and students to partner with the counseling department in career and college planning.

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