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Laptop Specs

Middle School Technology Update and Specifications


Technology is a key component of our middle school curriculum and is embedded into daily studies. As we prepare our students for high school and beyond, our goal is to ensure that our graduates are “literate” in multiple platforms and devices.

At this time, we believe that a laptop or a windows based tablet with a keyboard and USB Port will give our middle school students the breadth of computing experience from which to establish a firm technology foundation. At the same time we are committed to reviewing and introducing other technology that will enhance the computing literacy of our students.

BYOD—Bring your own device

Since first introducing the use of laptops in middle school in 2007, we have maintained a “bring your own device” approach. Please note that Holy Family parish operates and supports a Windows-based environment in middle school. Teachers will be instructing technology using Windows and will not be able to troubleshoot issues relating to the use of a Mac during class. Therefore, Apple products are not recommended for middle school.

In an effort to minimize the classroom time devoted to understanding operating systems, each incoming middle school student is required to go through a “Laptop Boot Camp” before school begins in August. The exact date will be communicated to you in a separate communication midsummer.
  • These classes will be conducted in sessions specific to your devices’ operating system. (eg., Window 8, Windows 7)
  • In addition, each student will be encouraged to research keyboard shortcuts and become familiar with his/her own laptop or tablet.
  • We are also requesting system passwords be on file in the event we need to troubleshoot during school hours.

Laptop Specifications

Operating System:
Windows RT Win 8 or Win 8 Pro
Win 7 Home Premium or higher

Intel 2GHz+ M, preferably Duo Core 1.66 GHz+ Centrino or AMD equivalent

2GB for Vista Business, Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate or Windows 8

Hard Drive:
120.0 Gigabyte (GB) and preferably a drive that operates at 7,200 RPM

Security Software:
Please ensure that security software is installed on your device before it is brought to school. We recommend Norton Internet Security or Norton360.

Office Solution:
Office 2007 Pro or above, Office 365

Tablet Specifications:

Operating System:
Android or Windows

Office Solution:
Office 2007 Pro or above, Office†365

Some Tablet Options:
Surface Pro 3, Samsung, Dell Venue, Lenovo Yoga, etc† (with keyboard and USB Port)

Please contact the school office (8479073452 or hfca@holyfamilyparish.org) if you have any questions.