Student Owned Devices

Rational

At this time Laptops are the top choice over tablet computers for grade 6 to 12.  An adequate laptop can be purchased for under $500 and can run all required software on a large enough screen. Laptops are used in high school so that students can write  exams with the lockdown software called Quest A+.

The following laptop standards are recommended.

  1. Rugged design
  2. 13 - 15 inch LCD with 1 gig video ram so unit could be plugged into a monitor and keyboard at home. Larger LCD not recommended as they use too much power and are heavy.
  3. Quad core processor with 4 gigs of RAM
  4. A service agreement with the seller that provides loaner/replacement computers during any required repairs.

Students unable to bring a device to school

Schools with a POD initiative usually have enough devices for daily student sign out. RVS has found that in POD schools over 90% of students bring their device on a daily basis.   Students unable to bring one from home should be able to borrow a school device for the day.  Many RVS schools have Chromebooks as loaners.

Standards

Minimum Recommended Laptops / Tablets to Bring

Parents should consider the following when purchasing a laptop or tablet for their Child.

  • Built in wireless N or AC - machines more than a year or two old may not work in RVS
  • Rugged design
  • Will child be allowed to load games or connect to a large monitor for use at home?  If so consider purchasing a devise designed for gaming. ie lots of processing and video power as well as RAM and HD space.
  • Virus/Spyware protection - required for all PC laptops
  • Battery life - 0lder Laptop batteries generally do not last more than 3 yrs.

Elementary Students: K - 4

Apple iPad

Android tablet or Windows Surface

Grade 5 -12 

Not only are High school students encouraged to bring a laptop, they should consider purchasing a device capable of running Quest A+.  Personal Chromebooks, Linux or other OS devices and Surface/Transformer Tablets cannot run this software.  The only laptops capable of running the software are devices running Windows or Mac OS software (excluding all tablets except Surface Pro).

 

Software Considerations

  • Productivity software.  OpenOffice and LibreOffice, FreeOffice, Kingsoft Office Free, NeoOffice (free) or MS Office (Available from Alberta Education for all students Spring of 2016)
  • Virus Protection.
  • Photo editor: 1. Picasa, 2. Fotor, 3. On1 Perfect Effects 9 Free, 4. Serif PhotoPlus Starter Edition, 5. Pixlr Editor, 6. GIMP, 7. PhotoScape, 8. IrfanView
  • Movie editor: Windows Movie Maker, Kate's Video Toolkit, cloud base WeVideo, Avidemux, VSDC Free Video Editor, MPEG Streamclip 1.2.1b6, VirtualDub, Free Video Editor, Lightworks,
  • Audio editor: 1. Wavosaur, 2. Waveshop, 3. Acoustica Basic Edition, 4. MP3Gain, 5. Audacity, 6. Music Editor Free, 7. MP3 Quality Modifier, 8. Wavepad, 9. mp3DirectCut
  • Or iLife Suite (comes on all Macintosh computers)


Device Vendors

Visit this link to RVS Vendor Stores that provide a discount for our parents.

Memory Express has a good selection of Windows Laptops and a very good service agreement program.

Dell has payment options and great costumer support.

Your school can provide the following link to parents and students so they get a Apple product discount.

Parents can purchase where ever they like the examples above are Vendor who provide great support.

Schools may choose to recommend a particular OS and level of machine so that it is easier to have the Student repair team support them.

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