OVERVIEW

Our goals of this program are to teach students how to use the technological tools available to them to broaden their learning horizons, use Web 2.0 tools and the Internet effectively, and prepare them for the workplace of tomorrow. We will also help teach students how to use the large amount of research tools available on the World Wide Web, thus increasing their ability to do research on their own. We will teach organizational and study skills, from organizing lecture notes to completing homework and submitting it electronically, using software on the notebook computers.

It is mandatory that the student participate in our 1:1 technology program, however you have a couple of options as to how you can participate:

If you already have a Windows laptop that meets the minimum specifications listed below, you may use that machine in the school. If you need to purchase a computer you can either purchase one on your own or you can use the Pallotti recommended vendor (DSR Computer Technology Specialists). They have been providing us with service for over eight years and we are pleased to have them as our sales representatives. Please pay attention to your choices. Although the Accidental Damage Protection is not mandatory, Pallotti highly recommends you add this protection; it has come in handy for many students this past year. If you choose the DSR option, your computer will be shipped directly to the school. We will set it up for you and notify you when it is ready for pick up. If you purchase through DSR, your computer can be brought to the tech department to be sent out for repairs. Students will be responsible for backing up their own files, and niether Pallotti nor DSR can be held responsible for lost files.

If you choose to purchase from a place other than DSR, it is also recommended you get some type of Accidental Damage Plan. If you purchase from another store or bring in one you already own, you must take the computer back to your place of purchase for any repairs. The tech department will offer only minimal support on non-DSR computers (School wireless network access issues). We are unable to provide home networking support.

Pallotti provides each student with a Google Apps for Education account, which includes a school email account, Google Drive, Docs, and other apps we feel will enhance the students' learning experience.

minimum laptop specifications

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Hardware
  • Dual-core processor
  • 8 Gbit RAM minimum 
  • Back up hard drive and/or USB flash drive
  • 250 Gbit Hard drive 
  • Attached keyboard

NOTE: Students enrolled in Engineering courses need a minimum Quad-core processor, 16 Gbit RAM, and 250 Gbit SSD hard drive.

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Software
  • One of the following Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 Pro
  • One of the following Virus/Malware Protection Software - 
    PC-Matic (We use this at Pallotti), Microsoft Security Essentials, McAfee, Norton, Symantec, AVG, or BitDefender
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or 2019 Suite that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint

NOTE: After years of experience with technology in the classroom, we have realized it is difficult to provide support for various operating systems during class time. As a result no Apple, Chrome, or Android operating systems will be allowed. 

NOTE: Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 10, S Mode. Windows 10 in S Mode will not run the software we need here at Pallotti. If your laptop is running Windows 10 in S Mode, go to the Microsoft Store within Windows and search for "switch out of S mode".

Photograph of Mr. Jerry Shipman
Mr. Jerry Shipman
Director of Technology

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DSR has been providing us with service for many years and we are pleased to have them as our sales representatives. Go to http://info.dsr-inc.com/svphs to place your order.

To connect a device to Pallotti's wireless network your device needs to be registered with the Technology Department. 

Please note:  Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 10,  S Mode

Windows 10 in S Mode will not run the software we need here at Pallotti.

If your laptop is running Windows 10 in S Mode, go to the Microsoft Store in Windows and search for “switch out of S mode”.