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2018-2019 Student Technology Plan

During the 2012-2013 school year, we formed a Malden Catholic Academic Technology Task Force to help shape a roadmap for creating the 21st Century Classroom where technology would be more fully integrated into the entire learning process.

Malden Catholic was then pleased to announce for the 2013-2014 school year the iPad initiative as part of a strategic plan to transition to a digital curriculum. We have been pleased in the five years since then to have seen tremendous growth in our School’s technology capacity.

Technology is now a regular support to the classroom experience; many texts are electronic; the entire wireless and wired networks were upgraded this past summer to provide student mobile learning devices with faster network and Internet connectivity. Seventy-five new high speed 802.11 ac wireless access points provide uninterrupted wireless access throughout the entire school. Teachers routinely use a wide variety of digital resources.

Our goal through these years has been to create a robust technology support environment so that we could make the best possible technology options available to our students for their college preparation. That goal continues!

Our most recent survey of the college landscape and our experience of the last few years suggest that a computer laptop would be the most effective device for our classroom use. By far this seems to be the tool that college students will be using for their academic digital activities. Other options, such as Chromebooks and iPads, continue, of course, to offer many attractive features, but with college preparation as a driving factor, we will opt for laptop computing.

For the 2018-2019 school year, all incoming freshmen, Boys and Girls, may bring a computing device of choice. We very strongly encourage, however -- and in most cases will expect for freshmen – the use of a laptop. Freshmen without a laptop might not have easy access to some of our projected uses, printing capabilities, and software.

Returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors will continue to use the iPads they currently own. They may also to bring a laptop as a supplemental device. We have noticed that students who have keyboards with their iPads have found that keyboard function a value in the classroom.

Student Technology

Student Mobile Learning Devices

Starting with the Class of 2022, Malden Catholic will begin implementing a BYOD program for student mobile learning devices. All incoming freshmen, Boys and Girls, may bring a computing device of choice. We very strongly encourage, however -- and in most cases will expect for freshmen – the use of a laptop. Freshmen without a laptop might not have easy access to some of our projected uses, printing capabilities, and software.

Returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors will continue to use the iPads they currently own. They may also bring a laptop as a supplemental device.

Microsoft Office 365

All Malden Catholic students have Office 365 accounts which provides them with access to online services such as OneDrive (cloud storage up to 1 TB), Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.

Important note: You do not need to purchase Microsoft Office. As part of our license agreement with Microsoft, all students can download and install Microsoft Office 2016 onto their laptops at no cost.

G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education)

All incoming freshmen will also have G Suite for Education accounts which provides them with access to online services such as Google Drive (unlimited cloud storage), Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom, etc.

Classroom Web Portal - LancerLink

All Malden Catholic students have accounts to access LancerLink. LancerLink is Malden Catholic’s classroom web portal which provides real-time integration with teachers’ gradebooks, classroom pages (homework, resources, etc.) and student information. Students can view current grades and scores for their classes on interactive dashboards. LancerLink activation instructions for student accounts will be emailed to parents early in July.

Single Sign-On (SSO)

Incoming freshman will be assigned their own single sign-on credentials that will consist of a user ID (Malden Catholic email address) and unique password. Students will use their Single Sign-On credentials to log into both their Microsoft Office 365 and G Suite for Education accounts. Students will also use the same user ID to log into LancerLink. While students can select their own LancerLink password, it is highly recommended that they use their MC-provided password. Fewer things to remember = fewer things to forget.

Note: An email will be sent to parents in early July containing the Single Sign-On credentials for their student along with instructions for the student to activate their new Malden Catholic email account.

Laptop Guidelines

For incoming freshmen, please follow these guidelines for purchase of laptops:

Windows Laptop or Convertible Tablet/Laptop

  • Operating System - Windows 10 or later
  • Minimum Screen Size - 11”
  • Minimum Screen Resolution - 1024x768
  • Hard Drive/Storage Capacity - 64GB
  • RAM (Memory) - 4GB
  • Wireless Capability - Wi-Fi (802.11 ac or n)
  • Camera, microphone and speaker
  • At least one full-size USB port or adapter
  • Minimum Battery Life - 7 hours
  • Required Browser - Chrome
  • Recommended Antivirus Software - Sophos Home (Free Version)
  • Recommended Accessory - Headphones with integrated microphone
  • Preferred but not required: Touch screen and stylus (pen)

MacBook

  • Operating System - macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or later
  • Minimum Screen Size - 11”
  • Minimum Screen Resolution - 1024x768
  • Hard Drive/Storage Capacity - 64GB
  • RAM (Memory) - 4GB
  • Wireless Capability - Wi-Fi (802.11 ac or n)
  • Camera, microphone and speaker
  • At least one full-size USB port or adapter
  • Minimum Battery Life - 7 hours
  • Required Browser - Chrome
  • Recommended Antivirus Software - Sophos Home (Free Version)
  • Recommended Accessory - Headphones with integrated microphone

Required for All Devices

  • An additional power/charging cable to keep at school
  • Protective case or sleeve
  • Durability to withstand the daily handling by a high school student

Highly Recommended for All Devices

  • Extended warranty to cover accidental damage
  • Insurance policy to cover lost/stolen devices

Meet the Team

Mr. Raymond Barry P'19

Mr. Raymond Barry P'19

Director of Information Technology
Mr. Steven Caristinos

Mr. Steven Caristinos

Asst.Director of Information Technology, Technology & Engineering Teacher