May Technology 2017
Bellarmine used to have all incoming freshmen come to campus over the summer to attend an iPad Orientation. This year, we are replacing visits to campus with an online course. All new freshmen are required to complete this online course, which will be available over the summer in MOODLE. MOODLE is our online learning management system that is used by every Bellarmine teacher and student during the school year.
The online orientation will focus on digital citizenship. There is no charge or fee for the orientation. Students will complete their iPad orientations at home. An iPad is not required. Most home computers with Internet access will work fine, as will most mobile devices.
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 early July. Your invitation will include the login name and password you need for the online course.
Orientation course enrollments will close on August 2. All students should finish their online orientation work by August 16. The estimated time to complete the course is 2 hours. If you are attending the summer enrichment sessions, it's helpful if you attempt to finish your online orientation before the first day of classes on July 17.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Chelsey Rosario by email using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning with the class of 2021, Bellarmine will apply restrictions to school iPads 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.
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 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 (email@example.com, ext 543).
It is with great pride and some sadness that we will soon be sending the class of 2017 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:
- Any software (apps) that are licensed by the school will be revoked this summer.
- 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, 2017)
- You will lose data, email and YouTube videos from your school Google account.
- Your school account will no longer work as an AppleID.
- Your school account will not log you into any secondary cloud services.