Middle School Technology Update


What We Believe

At Oakbrook Preparatory School, we educate students not for school but for life and there’s no denying that today’s lives are filled with technology. Our Technology program is entering its 7th year; we have learned a lot through this program and feel that the program is very successful. We are able to enhance the learning experience of each student while also retaining the best of the classic models that have transformed the lives of Oakbrook students all these years. Our philosophy is clear: “We don’t chase the latest technological fad; instead, we choose the tools that will best prepare our students for the world they'll inherit.”

This year, we were thankful for this program especially as it allowed up to continue our classes very quickly! We have and will continue to provide teacher training throughout the year. The 1:1 program will allow several of the student books to be digital, reducing the weight of their book bags, as well as giving the students and teachers a 24/7 learning environment. This technology Initiative is just another way that Oakbrook is preparing students for success in an innovative, fast-paced, global world.

Key Changes- Continued Migration to Chromebooks

Last year, several teachers attended a technology conference and researched the benefits of Chromebooks over iPads. Several local districts have made the switch with great success! Last Christmas, Oakbrook provided each teacher with a Chromebook to use in their classroom. The middle school teachers met multiple times and feel that a switch to Chromebooks would reduce distractions, enhance research and word processing, and feel more "professional" than an iPad. Chromebooks are also much less expensive than iPads.

Last year, we phased in the Chromebooks starting with the 6th-grade class. This year, rising 6th graders will once again purchase their own Chromebooks. The 8th-grade students are welcome to continue to use their iPad until they exit the middle school. *However, if you feel that replacing the iPad with a Chromebook is best for your child, you are welcome to do so.

Nuts and Bolts

5th Grade will have access to school-owned ipads that can be checked out by teachers.

6th - 7th WE ARE USING CHROMEBOOKS! We will continue to migrate away from iPads to parent purchased Chromebooks as our device of choice. With our teachers using Chromebooks and the full keyboard, we believe that this change will bring more consistency, less distraction and more meaningful use of the device. Please see below for the minimum standards to be mindful of when purchasing a chromebook. *They will continue with Chromebooks as they move up and you will not need to purchase an iPad.

8th are grandfathered into the iPad program and are strongly encouraged to bring an ipad (or Chromebook, laptop, etc.) to class daily and some textbooks will be digital. We will be using this tool in class and developing activities and experiences that integrate textbooks, websites and educational apps.

We do understand that students develop at different rates and if you choose to have physical textbooks for your student, they will still receive a quality Oakbrook education but will be at a disadvantage during some class activities using devices Phones will not be allowed during instruction.

Minimum Standards

Last Thoughts

Our teachers will continue to remind students to use good habits when operating and storing their devices. We highly recommend sturdy protection cases and extended warranties that cover screen breakage. Also, please remind students at home to treat their devices with care so that they will serve them well throughout middle school!