Saint Patrick Catholic School incorporates Chromebooks into our middle school classrooms to encourage collaboration and digital literacy among our students. Chromebooks have proven to
be beneficial and productive. Because of the safety and application integration advantages, we require Middle School students to use Chromebooks in order to comply with our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. By utilizing Chromebooks as opposed to other devices/operating systems, we are better able to monitor and encourage students’ online safety as well as have all students working in the same applications and digital “environment” from class to class, teacher
As you look ahead to Middle School next year, here are a few facts that may help your family decide on a Chromebook for your student. We recommend choosing a Chromebook with the following:
● Robust screen and hinge design,
● More than 4GB RAM for multitasking,
● A long battery life, and
● An 11-13 inch screen. Because students need to bring home their device everyday, a screen size around 11-13 inch would be more lightweight and portable to carry, although larger screens are certainly allowed.
Why Chromebooks? Chromebooks have Apps pre-installed to your student's @mystpcs.org school Google account. When a student logs into a Chromebook with their @mystpcs.org address, they will have all of the school Apps in their Apps launcher. (Note: If your student does not know their @mystpcs.org account, details will be provided at the start of the school year.)
Also, the Chromebook operating system, Chrome OS, updates itself automatically. Students do not need to manually update their Chromebooks. Chromebooks use the principle of "defense in
depth" to provide multiple layers of protection against viruses and malware. By logging in with their school account, Chromebooks seamlessly integrate with the Google Apps for Education
suite of productivity and collaboration tools.
Some Chromebooks that have good reviews for students are listed below. You are not required to select a device from this list if you find a different Chromebook that fits your budget/needs.
Acer Chromebook 314 or 714
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 or 311
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 or C214
Dell Chromebook 11 (3100)
HP Chromebook 14A G5
Lenovo Chromebook Duet
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
Samsung Chromebook 4
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: