Overview of Technology at SSFS
Technology at SSFS is an important part of the education of our students. It is a tool to help students learn and grow as they work through the curriculum at the school. We have a 1:1 (one-to-one) program where students in grades 4-12 have a personal mobile device to use during classes and their school work. Grades Pre-K - 3 have shared mobile devices in their classrooms. Our Lower School uses iPads and Chromebooks with iPads being used in the Middle School. Our Upper School uses the BYOD or "bring your own device" model.
In addition to the 1:1 program, SSFS also maintains the following resources:
- Campus-wide wifi network for mobile devices
- Two computer labs
- Chromebook devices available for checkout in Yarnall Library
- Video production lab
- Photo editing lab
- STEM lab
- LCD projection or other whole-class displays in each classroom
- Fully-equipped theater production facility
- Printing facilities in each classroom building
- School-provided email address for grades 4-12
- LMS (Learning Management System) for all students
- SIS (Student Information System) for all students and their parents/guardians
Overview of the 1:1 programs at SSFS
PK4 - Grade 5: SSFS provides all the needed school technology like iPads and Chromebooks. All apps and other needed technology will be provided by the school.
Grades 6-8: Middle school students will continue to have family-owned iPads for daily school use. Rising 6th - 8th grade students can continue to use the iPads they currently own. New students to the Middle School will be expected to purchase an iPad for school use (see iPad system requirements).
Grades 9-12: Our Upper School has a Bring Your Own Device program, also known as "BYOD." All students in the Upper School must have a mobile device available on a daily basis for school work. This device can be an iPad, Windows laptop, Mac laptop, Chromebook, Android tablet, or other similar device. Because of its keyboard and screen size, a mobile phone is not considered an adequate device for school. The device must meet these minimum requirements.
Purchasing and Repair Options
Device purchase: All family-owned iPads or BYOD devices will need to be purchased from an outside retailer. As a convenience for our families, SSFS has worked with the company DSR that can provide SSFS-approved devices for students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-579-4508 and tell them you are from SSFS.
It is extremely important to purchase good protective cases for these devices and also a service plan for getting the devices repaired should it become damaged. A service plan like AppleCare or Worth Avenue is strongly recommended.
Loaner Program: SSFS has an iPad loaner program that is used to help students maintain their mobile device used for school work while their iPad is being repaired. An iPad will be loaned to students for up to two weeks during this repair cycle. All students have access to this program.
Device repair: SSFS will continue to provide device service support for iPads purchased through the School in years prior to the 2016-2017 school year. SSFS does not offer repair services for devices that were not purchased through the School.