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BYOD Configurations

posted Sep 18, 2013, 6:14 AM by William Farren   [ updated Sep 18, 2013, 6:16 AM ]
Things are going well in our first week with BYOD in grade 6. It's nice to see that the great majority of students have been bringing in their laptops, with cases, charged and ready to learn.
There are some things you can help your child set up (or check) to make sure they are ready to take advantage of their new hardware.
  • They should have their operating system functioning in English (US or UK or Canadian...). This will help students learn more English and, importantly, it allows teachers to help students face to face on their machines.
  • We are helping students set up Diigo, a social bookmarking system which we will use extensively in the middle school. Now that students have their own machines, we want to take advantage of customization options which will increase efficiency and promote learning. The video below explains the setup process for this extension. Please help your child with this set-up, if needed. We are also working on this at school. (You can watch the last video below to get an idea of what Diigo can do.)
  • Please make sure your child has the Chrome browser installed on their machine. It is the browser we will be using most of the time at school. Being a Google product, it works well with many of the other Google products we use at school.  Please make sure your child has it installed on their machine.
  • Please make sure your child's computer allows them to download files. 
Thanks for your help with these items. More to come as we continue configuring laptops for learning.

Installing Diigo Extension

Getting Started with Diigo