1:1 Laptop Program

All students must bring a laptop to classes at O’Dowd.

  1. Bring Your Own Laptop:
  • Payment to Bishop O’Dowd HS: $0
  • Your laptop must meet the following minimum system requirements:
    • Windows laptop: Microsoft Windows 7 (service pack 1) or higher
    • Mac laptop: Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher
    • Wi-Fi 802.11g or higher
    • Bluetooth 3.0 or higher
    • Internal microphone
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • It is highly recommended that families acquire an extended warranty that includes accidental damage protection
    2. O’Dowd Laptop: Toshiba Ultrabook
  • Payment to Bishop O’Dowd HS: $1,180 (Laptop purchase payment instructions will be mailed to you in April)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System and Microsoft Office Suite
  • 128 GB Solid State Hard Drive (mSerial ATA, SSD)
  • 8 GB Memory
  • Mobile Intel HD Graphics
  • 13.3″ widescreen HD LED backlit display
  • 3 years of Toshiba SystemGuard warranty and service which includes accidental damage protection

For both options, we require that families purchase electronic device insurance coverage.

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, Thriva.

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

Tech Check is a 2-hour session where the O’Dowd Technology Team works with students make sure they have access to Bishop O’Dowd’s network and student learning technologies. We help students install software, make sure their laptop is ready to go, and teach them about how technology is used at O’Dowd. Tech Check ensures that all new students are prepared to begin their O’Dowd Experience.

More information about Tech Check and available Drop-In dates and times will be sent out via email.

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.

Tech Tips

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