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BYOD? Need a Chromebook? STAPLES can help

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is one of the first school boards in Ontario to allow students to BYOD — Bring Your Own digital Device — to school. Over the last ten years, we have made significant investments to ensure our students and staff have access to a variety current technologies. The use of technology to support learning remains a key priority to ensure that students are equipped with the skills to flourish in an increasingly digital world. Chromebooks have proven to be versatile, reliable, and affordable digital tool in the classroom.

As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families have expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home. Many parents have reached out, seeking advice about which technology would best support their child’s learning, is reasonably priced, yet durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use as it’s transported back and forth to school each day.

 

Three Chromebook options for students

We have been working with STAPLES Canada to provide three good Chromebook options that families can choose to purchase at a STAPLES store or online. These three models are the same devices that are currently used in schools. Each is a rugged commercial-grade Chromebook, with a full keyboard and touchscreen, (and some that fold over to also act as a tablet with a pen). Each of these devices will support your child’s school work, including the use of their @ocsbstudent.ca Google account and all related educational applications they are already use at school.

Read more in the Joint News Release | OCSB partners with Staples Canada to help bring technology devices for learning to the home and school.

Check out STAPLES online or visit your local Ottawa STAPLES store to view the three Board-recommended devices listed below.

The OCSB has you covered

Please note that here is NO expectation that students must purchase and bring their own devices to school, nor is there any incentive to the Board beyond sharing this information. Devices will continue to be made available in schools for use by all students.

As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home. This partnership with Staples provides families the opportunity to purchase the same devices that we’re using in the classroom, maintaining consistency to help support their child’s continued learning. The Board is not receiving free devices nor making a profit from this partnership, but we are able to give parents key information about the best, current devices we recommend for families to purchase.”

Brenda Wilson

Superintendent of Learning Technology, OCSB