While all students can be in the building every day this year, we want to ensure that students are prepared to learn from home should the government require us to move online. We also want to help students minimize their close contact with others in the building.
With that in mind, we ask that all students taking math and/or science
have the following technology in place to support their learning. At-Home Printer
Students should have the ability to print from home. This will allow them to print assignments, worksheets, and tests so that they can seamlessly learn from home if required.
The school will provide Microsoft OneNote
licenses to all students. OneNote gives students and teachers the ability to write electronically directly on a document. While all students will have the option to install OneNote, only students taking math and/or science will use OneNote frequently in class.
OneNote allows students to capture handwritten work by:
Students will learn how to use OneNote in September. This training will cover both methods of capturing their work in a digital workbook.
To use OneNote, your child will need ONE of the following:
Suggestions for the Paperless Option (Using a Stylus)
- A mobile device with a camera (an iPhone or iPad with iOS 13.0 or later, or an Android device with Android OS 5.0 or later). This option is for students who complete work on paper and then attach a photo of their work to a OneNote document.
An electronic stylus for use with either a laptop or an iPad, OR a touchscreen. This option is for students who will complete their handwritten work electronically.
The list below is not exhaustive as there are many pen-input technologies available. The devices listed below were all used with success by Greenwood students last year. Your child is encouraged to choose an option that is comfortable for them as each option works differently, varies in cost, and has slightly different requirements.
All Greenwood-issued laptops have touchscreen ability and a stylus. No additional devices or accessories are needed if a student has a Greenwood-issued laptop.
BYOD with Touchscreen Ability OR iPad
If a student uses their own laptop device (BYOD), and the laptop has touchscreen ability, then they will not need anything supplemental to collaborate safely online and in class. A compatible stylus is recommended with this option.
*Note: MacBooks do not have touchscreen ability, but the addition of an iPad (with iOS 13.0 or greater) with a stylus (e.g. Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon) can work. Students cannot use only an iPad for their learning at Greenwood; students who choose to use an iPad as their touch-screen device must also have a laptop. The laptop would be used for all parts of the lesson, including data processing, typing, and editing, while the iPad would be used for pen-input activities completed in class.
BYOD with a USB Stylus Attachment
Pen-input devices which connect to a USB port on a student's computer can be used to augment laptops without touchscreen/pen-input ability.
Recommended options include:
Smartphones cannot be used for the pen-input / touchscreen requirement. Phones should not be out in class and phone screens are not large enough to be used for this purpose.
Contact Jonathan Tepper
, Executive Director, Information & Learning Technology.