Technology

Philosophy

Technology skills are integrated into the classroom experience.  Technology primarily serves as a vehicle to make learning more personal, active, collaborative, and innovative. When used effectively, technology will help enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills, while enabling teachers to address the unique and ever-evolving needs of our students.
 

Student Access

Each student has his own Google user account to enhance his learning opportunities. The Computer Technology Center in F301 is always available for student use during their free time. 
 

Bring Your Own Device

Following the lead of many collegiate institutions, students are required to bring their own laptops for use in class for organization, research,  homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. Students can spend what they feel comfortable spending on a device. Rather than building money into the tuition, HGP grants families the option to choose the device that works best for them. 
 
HGP recommends the Microsoft Surface family of devices (with Windows 10). Mention Holy Ghost Prep at the Microsoft Store to receive a 10% discount.

Device Requirements and Recommendations

HGP requires that the device's operating system be Windows 7 or later, but NOT Windows RT nor Windows 10 S.  Windows 8 and 8.1 and 10 are acceptable, but not on RT or S devices.

HGP requires that the device have at least 1 USB port.

HGP recommends the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Microsoft Surface Book, the New Surface Pro, or the Microsoft Laptop (with Windows 10 Pro).

HGP does not recommend the Surface Go

To ensure that the device will last for all four years at HGP, the device should have:

  • At least 8GB or RAM (Memory)
  • An Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 Processor.

*HGP has a Windows-based infrastructure.  MacBooks are acceptable, however the student needs to be proficient in transitioning between the school's Windows-based network and Mac OS.

No Chromebooks, Android tablets or iPads will be supported. 

Frequently Asked Questions with Answers

FAQs

1. Why did HGP choose BYOD and not 1 to 1?

A 1 to 1 program is another type of school model.  A 1 to 1 program means that every student is required to have the exact same device. The economic feasibility of maintaining a 1 to 1 program along with the school's technology infrastructure would ultimately increase tuition and add technology fees.  HGP prefers not to force students and their families to spend money on devices not chosen by them.

Choosing one device does not allow the teaching and learning process to evolve, instead it locks us into one specific model.  With a BYOD program, we can be assured that teachers and students are comfortable with the proper device to accomplish teaching and learning objectives.  This model allows HGP to focus on the mission of developing critical thinking skills.

2. If a student already owns a device, do they need a new one?

No, as long as the device is functioning properly and is able to meet the minimum hardware requirements, a student may use a device that he already owns.

3. Can I use a device with Mac OS?

HGP has a Windows-based infrastructure. MacBooks are acceptable, however the student needs to be proficient in transitioning between the school's Windows-based network and Mac OS.

4.  Do I need to purchase any software such as Microsoft Office to use at HGP?

No.  Students will be provided with any software that they need in their classes.

5. Do students have access to power outlets throughout the day?

Yes, the library has over 70 outlets for students to utilize when working in that space. Outlets are also available throughout the buildings.  Students must bring their device’s power adapter if they would like to make use of the outlets.

6. What if a student’s device battery is out of power?

Students are expected to come to school each day with their devices fully charged and are expected to use their devices in a way that conserves power. Students should be sure to charge devices at regular intervals as needed.

7. What happens if a student's device is lost or stolen?

Students are responsible for their own device. HGP recommends purchasing an extended warranty program for such cases. HGP can provide loaner laptops while a student's device is being repaired or replaced.  Please reference the Student Handbook for the school's policy on the use of electronic equipment.

8. Does HGP filter students' web access?

Yes, internet access is restricted to only academic and educational websites.  HGP uses a Watchguard Firebox to protect the network from threats and also manage appropriate content.

WiFi Access

All devices at HGP must have these security certificates installed. Please find the one(s) that best fits your needs.

*Note: All Proxies and VPNs must be disconnected to use the WiFi

Certificate for Windows PCs using Internet Explorer and Chrome
(You must download, open the folder and right click and "Run as Administrator")

Certificate for Windows PCs using FireFox
(You must download, open the folder and right click and "Run as Administrator")

Download the certificate for Mac
(Mac users must download the proxyCA.cer file.  Then open KeyChain Manager and import the certificate.  Then open the certificate and open Trust and "Always Trust" the certificate.)

Download the certificate for Mobile Devices
(After installing this certificate, iPhone users must go to "Settings" -> "General" -> "About" -> "Certificate Trust Settings" -> Enable Full Trust for Fireware HTTPS Proxy)

(Android users should name the certificate "HGP")

Technology Staff

 Mr. Michael Jacobs
Director of Information Technology
mjacobs@holyghostprep.org
 
 Mrs. Diane Joganich
Assistant Director of IT
djoganich@holyghostprep.org