As of the Fall of 2010, all grade 9 students at C.C.H.S. have been required to come to school with a laptop computer (netbook).This guide is not intended as definitive list of software that can be loaded on the machines but software which will meet your son/daughters learning needs.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 this website for regular software updates regarding this initiative.
Which operating system is required for my daughter/son's netbook?
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 (there are currently no Mac netbooks on the market.A MacOs would require a laptop).
Open Office (Word Processor,Spreadsheet,Presentation Tools)
iTunes (Useful for playing podcasts and accessing free open source course ware such as iTunes U offering free courses from big name universities such as Stanford,Harvard,UBC and from educational institutes in Alberta)
Pencil (Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.)
Firefox (This Browser is recommended for use with our Learning Management System - Moodle)