May Technology 2018

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Bellarmine will be offering it's online technology orientation to all new students beginning in late June. This required course will be available over most of the summer in MOODLE. MOODLE is our online course management system that is used by every Bellarmine teacher and student during the school year. 

The online orientation will focus on setting up new iPads and digital citizenship. There is no charge or fee for the orientation. Students will generally complete their iPad orientations at home. You are welcome to come into the Technology Support Center during the summer if you wish. It is best to complete the course on an iPad, but a home computer would also work for most of the course. 

You will need a school account to login to our MOODLE system. The IT Department will send email invitations to families to start this online course in late June. Your invitation will include the login name and the password you need for the online course. If you do not receive your course invitation, you can contact the IT Department during the summer for assistance.

Orientation course enrollments will close on August 2. All students should finish their online orientation work by August 20. The estimated time to complete the course is 3 hours. 

If you are attending the summer enrichment sessions, plan to finish your online orientation before the first day of classes on July 30.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Chelsey Rosario by email using rosarioc@bellarmineprep.org.

Bellarmine applies restrictions to school iPads. The restrictions are designed to increase student productivity. Bellarmine seeks a rigorous and modern curriculum that emphasizes the 4-C's of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. The iPads our students use expand opportunities to teach the 4-C's.

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While we value the iPad as a powerful productivity tool, we have also found it's an equally powerful social, entertainment and consumption device. When our seniors graduate, we want them to have mastered the temptations and distractions on their iPads. We want our students to have an understanding of their moral, legal and ethical responsibilities using technology. We call this understanding and mastery of technology digital citizenship.

When our students begin their freshmen year, many do not have the skills or maturity to deal with the social, entertainment and consumption features of their iPad. Thus, Bellarmine recommends that all freshmen begin with those functions restricted. This gives parents and the school some time to develop an awareness of digital citizenship. As our students gain maturity and acquire digital citizenship training, we can gradually remove the restrictions on iPads. We believe this developmental approach is the best way to prepare our students for the 21st Century.

At any time, parents can request adjustments to the restrictions on their iPads. Because families own the devices, parents are in the driver's seat. To request a change, or the complete removal of restrictions, please contact Bellarmine's technology staff. The best person to contact first will be Chelsey Rosario (rosarioc@bellarmineprep.org, ext 543).

It is with great pride and some sadness that we will soon be sending the class of 2018 into the world. GO LIONS!

One area of consideration sometimes missed by our graduates it an exit plan for their technology

There are several important considerations to keep in mind about technology as you graduate. These include the following:

  • Please remove Meraki from your iPad by June 1, 2018.
  • Any software (apps) that are licensed by the school will be revoked in June.
  • If you wish to continue using those apps, you will have to purchase them in the App Store.
  • Currently, we license Notability, Explain Everything and iStudiez Pro.
  • School accounts will be deleted at the end of the calendar year (Dec 31, 2018)
  • Your Google account and all related data and services will be removed.
  • Your school account will no longer work as an AppleID.
  • Any Microsoft software download from your Office 365 account will expire.
  • Your data in Microsoft OneDrive will be removed.
  • Your school account will not log you into any secondary cloud services.
If you want to save any of your work from Bellarmine, please backup. Inform your contacts that your email is changing to a personal account.

If you have any questions of concerns about how to do this, you can stop by the Technology Support Center in the Administration Building.