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 laptop computer 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 2019-2020 school year, all freshmen and sophomores, Boys and Girls, are required to bring their own laptop computer.
Returning juniors, and seniors will continue to use the iPads they currently own. They may also to bring a laptop as a supplemental device.
Student Mobile Learning Devices
Starting with the Class of 2022, Malden Catholic began implementing a BYOD program for student mobile learning devices. All incoming freshmen, Boys and Girls, are required to bring their own laptop. Returning 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 Malden Catholic students 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.
Malden Catholic provides each student with a copy of Sophos Endpoint Advanced with Intercept X that must be installed on the student’s laptop before the laptop can be used on Malden Catholic’s wireless network. This endpoint protection software is integrated with Malden Catholic’s Sophos firewall to provide comprehensive protection of all computing resources utilized at Malden Catholic.
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.
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 - Dual Band Wireless AC Adapter (5 Ghz 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 (Provided by MC)
- Recommended Accessory - Headphones with integrated microphone
- Preferred but not required: Touch screen and stylus (pen)
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