Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Requirements
New this year - Holy Family requires that every student have an appropriate device to be able to perform their course obligations and activities, in school or at home. We are asking that students bring this device daily. The device should meet these specifications and guidelines
We recommend that students have at minimum, a 2-in-1/notebook/laptop device for use while in and out of school. Holy Family is not here to say which specific device, operating system, platform, brand, or price point you should choose, but we do have guidelines on specifications, as well as recommendations. FYI – small tablets and smartphones do not meet these requirements.
Minimum Hardware Specifications
- Processor (CPU) – Dual/Quad Core 2GHz (Intel Core i3) or faster
- Memory – 4GB or higher (rule of thumb – the more you can afford up to 16GB the better)
- Hard Drive – enough to store the OS, applications, and adequate number of files
- Recommend – SSD style hard drive
- Size is relevant to type of work and how much cloud storage is used, 256GB is a good size with cloud usage, but depending on the unit, even 64GB will work. (rule of thumb – the more you can afford up to 512GB – 1TB the better)
- FYI - The student Office 365 account has 1TB of cloud storage
- Video Resolution – 1366 x 768
- Video - Video Card the faster the better
- Wireless 802.11g/n/ or 802.11g/n/ac is better
- Windows 10 Home or Pro v. 1709 or higher (v. 1909 or 2004) / MacOS 10.13: High Sierra- 2017 or higher
- Devices should also have built-in cameras and microphones
Operating Systems (OS)
Holy Family’s incorporation of Office 365 and mySchool (cloud-based systems) allows for both Windows and MacOS operating systems (Windows 10 and High Sierra and above) easily. Please note: Chrome OS (used on Chromebooks), Android OS, and ‘Windows 10 in S mode’ on small inexpensive tablets/notebooks may have issues and are not recommended. See below
Brands such as Lenovo, HP, Microsoft, and Dell are reliable machines for Windows and Apple Laptops all meet the requirements. Note that Apple Mac computers; their operating systems; and programs; handle some applications and or plugins differently than Microsoft Windows devices. If used as recommended, Mac laptops work fine.
Office 365 applications (online and desktop) are available to students for free and should be used, rather than using Apple applications like Pages, Keynote, and Numbers which often requires conversions or adjustments to be shared with teachers.
Mac browsers and browser plugins often have compatibility issues with Flash or other display programs. This requires more upkeep for the student. The web browser Opera is a good alternative for many of these issues.
Windows 10 in S mode
Windows 10 in S mode is a version of Windows 10 that's streamlined for security and performance, while providing a familiar Windows experience. To increase security, it allows only apps from the Microsoft Store, and requires Microsoft Edge for safe browsing. We recommend Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro.
Chromebooks and most tablets are not recommended. Though these may allow for some online learning and research, we know from experience that unless you can download and install compatible Office 365 applications and browsers, the devices will fail to provide the proper functions to successfully work with Holy Family systems.
Access to Device
Your student should have adequate access to this device to perform all the necessary schoolwork requested of them. This means they should bring the device to school daily and bring it home each night. It is recommended that while at home, they need not have to share the device with others, (especially if we might be educating remotely).