UPDATED - Bring Your Own Device

In recognition of the increased use of collaborative technology as part of each student's learning experience, we are making updates to our BYOD program that follow educational best practices for integrating technology into student-centered learning. Starting in the fall of 2018, the device requirements for incoming 9th and 10th grade students (classes of 2021 and 2022) will no longer allow the use of phone and mobile devices (ipads, tablets, etc.) within the classroom. Next year's juniors and seniors are not required to upgrade their devices, but may choose to do so. These upgraded requirements will be the new standard for each entering class in subsequent years.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the BYOD program for all rising 9th and 10th grade will be as follows:

Required Hardware (minimum requirements)


Windows Computers

  • AMD or Intel 64-bit processor (Intel i5 or AMD equivalent or better recommended)
  • Windows 7 or better (Windows 10 strongly recommended)
  • 4 Gig RAM (8 Gig RAM recommended)
  • 250 Gig Hard Drive
  • 2 USB ports
  • 13” (diagonal) screen (14"-15"recommended)
  • Wireless Adapter (802.11n or 802.11ac)
  • Portable power adapter
  • Built-in touchpad or separate mouse
  • One or more video ports (VGA, DVI, or HDMI)
  • At least 5 hours of battery power
  • Recommended - No questions asked Accidental Damage Warranty

Apple MacBooks

  • Built-in touchpad or separate mouse (wired or wireless)
  • 13” (diagonal) screen (14"-15" recommended)
  • Wireless Adapter (802.11n or 802.11ac)
  • Portable power adapter
  • At least 5 hours of battery power
  • Recommended:
    • 8 Gig RAM
    • Extended AppleCare warranty (3-4 years)

Chromebooks and similar devices

Technical specs for Chromebooks and other devices that meet all of the following requirements:

  • Built-in touchpad or separate mouse (wired or wireless)
  • Built-in or attached keyboard (full size or nearly full size)
  • 12.5” (diagonal) screen (14" recommended)
  • At least 5 hours of battery power
  • "Non-mobile" - meaning that websites open in full-site mode by default when browsing the Internet, rather than in mobile mode.
  • Recommended:
    • Built-in true full-sized keyboard
    • Any model recommended as "rugged for student use"

Required Applications

Provided by Family

Students will NOT be required to purchase software (other than the device's operating system) as part of the BYOD program. The following required applications are available to download free of charge and should be installed prior to the first day of the school year:

  • Web Browser - Chrome AND either Firefox or Apple Safari (Depending on computer)
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Common Plugins - Flash, Java, etc.
  • GDrive Desktop Sync - Students should not install this until AFTER they have received their Bishop O'Connell Google email and Google Drive credentials.

Provided by O'Connell

  • Google Email
  • GSuite Office Productivity applications
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Papercut Print Manager (if the student wants to print documents to a school printer while on campus)

Frequently Asked Questions

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