Mater Dei goes BYOD

Manuella Sobol

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The incoming 2018 freshman class will no longer be supplied with their own computer by Mater Dei.

Providing each student with a laptop began to provide a better, more engaging learning environment. From computer screen regulation during a test to the same software programs, teachers could monitor and assure that their students were engrossed in the material.

While technology will continue to be used in all classes to better prepare students for 21st century Mater Dei will be changing to a bring your own device model for the 2018-2019 school year.

One of the main reasons why Mater Dei is allowing the future incoming students to provide their own technology is so they can pick technology that they prefer to use.

Director of Information and Technology, Danny Pasawongse also recognizes the necessity for students to understand their devices to better their future college experience.  Pasawongse states,” when you go to college, they are not going to demand you to have a certain model… The second thing is for students to be more comfortable with the device.”

By allowing the students to problem solve and find the solution to their own devices problems they will gain a better comprehension as to how their model works.

Lastly, Danny Pasawongse states, “technology moves so fast. It is going to allow each student to upgrade their own technology if they are not satisfied with the current model.”

Overall, the students will become more enriched in their learning experiences and have more control over their device.

By having the students supply their own laptops, Mater Dei Catholic High School will also benefit from not having to manage and fund student’s technology. Pasawonge confirms “it will help the school invest resources into infrastructure” and further the campus’s development.

Not only will students and their parents have more control and understanding in their technology, but they will be saving money based on the type and model of their computer. The parents will have full control over the amount of money that they are willing to pay for their child’s computer.

Some students agree that allowing the students to provide their own technology is for the best. Senior Samantha Ruiz expresses, “it is such a great idea. I have been struggling to use mine. I have been waiting for Mater Dei to fix mine or supply me with a new one for over a year.  Since there are so many students with computer problems, it takes a while for them to fix it.”

Seeing the other side of the issues she adds, “I do think that having shared computer systems helped overall in the classroom since we all had the same software built in our computers.” This allowed teachers and students to master just one system.

Future incoming Crusaders will not have the same technology and software as their teachers. Meaning, they will have to truly comprehend their device in order to facilitate an engaging learning experience.

As a teacher of Academic and Technological Literacy Jared Izidoro sends a lot of time helping students adjust to their devices and using technology in their classes. He acknowledges that there will be positives and negatives to the changed computer policy, “There will be some positives and negatives for every student … but if they are familiar with their own device, I think it can improve their learning. Like anything else, there are going to be some problems at first that we will have to get through, but I think with our tech and faculty support, we will get through it.”

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