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Technology

SAS students use computer applications in endeavors from physics simulations to art installations. The school encourages familiarity with the G Suite for Education applications (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Slides, and Sheets) as well as discipline-appropriate applications such as Fathom  in Math classes or Duolingo in Language courses. Students have access to school-owned Windows computers in the Agee Library and to Apple iMacs in the Tech Lab. The school's Student Information System (powered by FACTS) allows students and families ready access, including mobile access, to homework assignments, class schedules, directories, and other information. High-speed Internet access is available across campus. A firewall provides appropriate filtering of web content, viruses, and junk email.

Middle School - 1:1 Chromebook Program

As digital citizens, we expect that today’s students will be familiar and comfortable with a variety of computing devices. Increased access to devices and the internet means that teachers have more flexibility when using various technologies and devices in their classrooms. SAS has met this expectation, in part, by implementing a 1:1 program to provide a school-owned Chromebook to each middle school student for use while on-campus. Students receive explicit instruction in educational applications for their Chromebooks and other devices in Tech 6 and Tech 7 courses. It is our goal that a student entering high school would know both how to use a computing device for learning and be able to choose the type of device most suited for their particular needs.

Upper School - BYOT (Bring Your Own Tech) Program

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee will implement a new “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) program for Upper School students in the 2019-2020 school year. Upper School students will be responsible for providing their own devices, compatible with G Suite for school.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

The minimum hardware requirement for an Upper School student at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee is a computer that can run the Google Chrome browser. For many students, the most cost-effective way to meet that requirement is a Google Chromebook.

A wide variety of Chromebooks are available with a range of price points. SAS requirements are minimal, and families will find multiple reasonably priced models. Chromebooks operate efficiently, and it is not necessary to purchase expensive devices. 

  • 11” display
  • 4GB Ram
  • 32GB eMMC storage
  • Built in camera/webcam
  • 802.11ac Wi-fi is recommended. 802.11g is a minimum
  • Minimum 5 hours battery life.
  • Support for Android is not required but is recommended.
  • Ruggedized models are recommended.

Models in the Chromebook class change frequently. Some appropriate models available at the time of this writing are:

  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C213SA-YS02 11.6 inch Ruggedized - $317 at Amazon
  • Samsung 11.6" Chromebook with Intel N3060 -- $192 at Amazon

Windows or MacOS laptops are acceptable, but generally have a higher purchase cost. The following system specifications are recommended:

  • Current antivirus software installed and enabled.
  • The Google Chrome browser must be installed and operable.
  • Minimum 8GB Ram is recommended.
  • Minimum 128GB hard disk/SSD is recommended.
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi is recommended. 802.11g is a minimum.

Apple iPads are generally not sufficient for classroom requirements.

Expectations for Student BYOT Devices

Technology can be used to enhance classroom instruction and student learning. Students are expected to have their devices available every day. Technology use during instructional time is at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Devices must be charged and ready for use. If a student forgets the device at home, there may be a loaner available for short term use. Loaners are assigned at the discretion of the teacher and are very limited in availability. Teachers may elect to assign a consequence to students who arrive to class unprepared.

Support for BYOT Devices

It is the responsibility of the student and his or her family to ensure that their device(s) are in working order. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School faculty or staff may assist a student in connecting to the school network. However, troubleshooting student-owned devices will be limited to an initial assessment to help provide direction to the student in resolving the issues. Direction may include a recommendation of local repair shops. SAS employees will not attempt a repair of student hardware or software.

If a student’s Chromebook is not functional for class, SAS may provide a loaner for temporary use. This is not intended to be a long-term solution to an unusable device, and the student should make appropriate arrangements to repair or replace the device as soon as is possible.

Technology Personnel

The school employs an Educational Technology Coordinator and a Computer Support Technician to provide support for students, teachers, and other school personnel. 

Tech Free Zones

Because we believe in a balance when it comes to tech use, certain community areas on campus, Robinson Dining Hall, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts, and St. Andrew's Chapel are off-limits for personal technology devices. Students, faculty, and staff are asked to refrain from phone use in these areas. Students in grades 6 and 7 may not have mobile phones visible or in use from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Classroom access to phones for students in grades 8-12 is determined on a by teacher basis. Some teachers will require that students turn in their phones at the beginning of class while others may welcome technology use. 

SAS Technology Philosophy

At St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, technology is used to support, enhance, and enrich teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. Our approach regarding technology is informed by our Mission and the five components of our Vision: Perspective, Communication, Preparation, Voice, and Well-Being. Technology is used to encourage creativity, collaboration, cooperation, and critical thinking.

We acknowledge the important and changing role of technology in our students’ lives. We put an emphasis on responsible and respectful use of technology. We expose students to a wide variety of technologies as appropriate for different grade levels, disciplines, and functions. We foster technological competence that transcends any one application and encourages adaptability and facility in the future technological landscape. Our goals are to inspire innovative thinkers with “nimble” technological skills; produce responsible, literate, and confident digital citizens who are courteous, respectful, and appropriate in their technological communications; teach students to leverage technology effectively for research and to evaluate information critically for validity and quality; encourage and enable collaboration and communication among students and among students and faculty; and create students who can utilize technology as a learning platform and as a tool for design, production, problem-solving, presentation, and collaboration.

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