FAQ

This section includes Frequently Asked Questions with regard to the grade nine 1 to 1 computing initiative for the Fall of 2010.If you have a question or concern which is not addressed in this section (or site ) please feel free to contact

Chris Rogers or Ken Symington

 

Q. Where can I purchase a Netbook in the Bow Valley?

A.  Bow Valley Basics would like to make the purchase of this new educational tool (netbooks) as easy as possible for grade 9 students entering CCHS.Please view the attached PDF to take advantage of the educational pricing or to sign up for the layaway programlearn how you can take advantage of this offer. Bow Valley Basics Offer   from 2010-11 school year will still be honoured.

 

Q: Will I need to purchase other software or hardware for my notebook?

A: NO.The netbook which you purchase for your son/daughter will come with all the software you will need to purchase for their learning needs.Other software will be either web 2.0 ( Cloud Based) or open source.Please check back with the software list on our website for regular software updates regarding this initiative.

 

Q: Why is good battery life an important consideration when selecting a notebook for school?

A: First and foremost the battery life is the most important feature to consider when buying a mobile device since there will be limited places in the school to securely charge your device.  Typical netbooks come advertised with 3-cell or 6-cell batteries, but the more important number is the Milliamp Hour (mAh). mAh is important because it's the easiest way to determine the strength or capacity of a battery. The higher the mAh, the longer the battery will last.  Look for a battery rated at 4400 mAh or higher.The 6 cell battery should meet your computing needs for the school day.With a 3 cell battery you will find that you will need to plug in your machine before the day is done.

 

Q: Is the operating system a consideration when selecting a netbook?

A. Many of these netbooks come with Windows operating system installed (either Xp or Windows 7). Try to pick a device that comes with an operating system you are comfortable with.This is especially important if the system should completely crash and require a rebuilding of the operating system.The operating system itself will not be an issue for you to meet your learner outcomes as the software required for your school work will run on Windows or Mac OS.

 

Q: Is a wireless network card a consideration when purchasing a netbook?

A: Your device will not only be connecting to your home network, but it will be connecting to the school's wireless network.  To connect to the school's wireless network you must have a wireless network card that is capable of at least 802.11 b/g wireless capability (802.11 a/g/n would be the preferred card). (Most laptops and all netbooks, and i-Touch/i-Phones come with 802.11b/g wireless network cards.) 

 

Q: Is storage capacity a consideration when purchasing a netbook?

A: Student-owned wireless devices will be able to connect to the school's wireless network; however, the devices will not have access to school file servers and printer shares (i.e. you will NOT have access to a network drive to store your files).  While most netbooks usually come with a reasonably sized hard drive (250 + GB) ,storage size is not a major concern as most school work can be created/saved with an online suite of tools (Google Apps Education Edition ) and stored on the web.You will also be issued a 512Mb - 1Gb USB thumb drive to store files.Regardless of the size of the internal hard drive which comes with your computer, it is a good idea to keep a copy of your important files backed up either on a web server or external storage device in case you lose the information on your netbook is damaged or lost.

 

Q: How much memory should my netbook have?

A: The amount of memory is a moving target and depends mostly on 4 things: (1). the Operating System chosen (Windows and Macintosh operating system uses more than the Linux variants), (2). the virus protection suite chosen, and (3). the kind of applications you are running, and (4). the number of applications running simultaneously. As a general rule, netbooks come with ~ 1Gb of RAM , which is more than adequate for the applications you will need to run for school work.