ICSV believes that it is important to teach digital citizenship and the positive use of technology in our school. Students are using technology, so we need to teach them how to use it appropriately. For this reason, we are implementing a BYOD program at the secondary level. Teachers will be using technology to enhance their teaching. Students will be able to take advantage of online tools that support learning. They will learn how to conduct online research, determining reliable sources and how to cite them. The addition of the BYOD program will teach our students the necessary 21st century skills that will prepare them for success both in their educational program and in the future.
Which device to choose?
For maximum useablilty and versatility in the classroom we are asking that you equip your child with a wi-fi enabled device that has a keyboard and a battery that would provide enough power for a full school day:
- Hybrid notebook/tablet such as a Microsoft Surface running Windows or an iPad Pro (with keyboard).
- Full-sized tablet with a keyboard
All types of Chromebooks will be suitable for school. We can recommend the following models:
- Acer Chromebook R11
- Samsung Chromebook Plus
Laptops, Notebooks, and MacBooks support all software that may be required in school. Below is a list of minimum specifications to think about when you decide to buy a laptop.
- Processor: Intel i5 Dual Core
- RAM: Minimum 8GB
- Screen: 11″ or bigger
- Battery: Recommended Minimum of 6 hours
- Operating System: Windows 10 / OS X 10.9 (or better)
- Hard Drive: SSD Recommended
Size of the device
Make sure that you select a device that your student can easily transport to and from school and from class to class.
About American keyboards
If your child is a naƟve German speaker, then he or she may be comfortable with a device that has a German keyboard. Assignments need to be completed in English, however.
For those who desire a device with an American keyboard, Amazon ships from the USA to Austria. Be advised that you will have to pay additional shipping and customs fees. ICSV has
successfully ordered Chromebooks with US keyboards from amazon.com. Devices are also available with a US keyboard layout from dell.at and apple.at.