Technology

Orangewood Christian School 1:1 Program                        
Goals and Objectives

Students entering the workforce in the twenty-first century need technology that allows them to be contributing employees who assist in the success of businesses and organizations in a highly competitive, technological, and global society.

Student learning requires a combination of quality educational experiences and access to appropriate resources.  Developing students’ technology skills to high levels requires us to provide both of these components.

The Orangewood Christian School 1:1 Laptop Initiative will enable OCS to provide the opportunity and the resources to bring equitable student access to technology and the educational experiences that integrate technology into learning.
 
Goals:
  • 1.Improve the technology literacy of graduating students from Orangewood Christian School
  • 2.Expand learning environments that integrate technology into classroom instruction and student learning
  • 3.Provide a 1:1 student-computer ratio that makes technology resources accessible to all secondary students, enabling and encouraging digital learning during and beyond the school day
  • 4.Prepare graduates for the workplace by providing educational opportunities for technology literacy through experiences with the following technology skills and applications:
a.      Applying word-processing skills
b.      Researching and acquiring information
c.       Preparing and using spreadsheets
d.      Creating multimedia presentations
e.      Understanding the basic functions of a computer
f.        Using technology and related resources responsibly
g.      Increasing communication skills using software applications
 
Requirements:

Orangewood Students in grades 6th - 12th are required to come to school every day with their laptops.

Windows Operating System – that would be Windows 7 or 8. Duo Core processor or i3 on up.  
Apple Macbooks – that would include the MacBook Pro or Air. Must be running OS X (10).  
Screen size: between 10” and 13.3” – anything larger would be heavier and the battery life would be less.  
Built-in wireless connectivity  
2 gigabyte of RAM – this is the bare minimum for running Windows 7 and the programs that students will be running.  
Battery life: 6 hours – this can be one or multiple batteries.
These specs will allow students to do their work. However, if you’re looking for increased speed, here’s our recommendation:  
Windows 7 or 8  4 – 8 GB RAM  i3, i5 or i7 processor. These are the most current processors in Windows.
 
Please note: The following are not supported:  
iPads  
Android tablets  
Phones  
Chromebooks  
Windows RT. This one is a little tricky. RT runs on the Microsoft Surface tablet. Surface comes in two flavors: Pro and RT. Surface Pro is supported, RT is not.

 


Internet Safety

Our mission at Orangewood is to create a safe environment for the next generation of digital learners to explore, learn and become inspired.  We will help students develop safe internet boundaries.

Orangewood uses two monitoring systems to help teachers manage online activities in the classroom: Insight by Faronics and NetRef. Insight is used on the lower school campus and NetRef is used on the upper school campus. This practical monitoring technology allows teachers to utilize the power of the Internet for instruction without the distractions that can come with it.

"With NetRef, as a teacher you have the freedom to use technology in your classroom within the framework that is safe and promotes learning at its highest level."  

OCS Middle School Teacher