O'Dea High School

Surface Tablet Program

Beginning with the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year, O’Dea implemented a one-to-one single device program featuring the Microsoft Surface Tablet. The Surface Tablet program advances O’Dea’s educational mission by enhancing our students’ experience of discovery, connection, and collaboration in new and exciting ways. Our students benefit from a curriculum designed to effectively use technology to transform student learning, including instructional guidance designed to foster digital citizenship supporting electronic standards of conduct related to the appropriate use of technology.

If you’re an incoming student looking for additional information regarding O’Dea’s Microsoft Surface Tablet Program, please reach out to David Olinger, our Director of Educational Technology. Otherwise, check back later for additional information.

Why does O'Dea have a single device program?

Among the many reasons to have a single device program, we are excited about the following:

  • Enhancing student engagement and learning in the classroom through curriculum designed to use technology
  • Increasing the student experience of discovery, connection, and collaboration in new and exciting ways
  • Fostering digital citizenship related to the appropriate use of technology
  • Embracing our digital learners
  • Preparing students for success in college and careers
  • Ensuring a consistent learning experience
  • Offering a program that lets us choose the best device based on educational research 

Why the Microsoft Surface Tablet?

The Microsoft Surface Tablet has important capabilities that enhance our student’s education.  They include:

  • Digital inking and handwriting recognition for writing, highlighting and annotating
  • Ability to work with MS Office 365 to support student learning
  • Flexibility to be a tablet and a computer, which gives it more capabilities in one product

How do students use the Surface Tablet?

  • Presentations
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Note-taking
  • Classroom interaction
  • E-textbooks where appropriately available

Does certain software need to be installed on the Surface Tablet? What software should I install on my Surface Tablet?

Software to Install:

  • Office 2016 (Microsoft 365 Account)
  • Pearson eText for Schools (Microsoft App Store)

Installation instructions will be available through this YouTube channel.

How can I prepare for the Surface Tablet Program?

Students and families can prepare by becoming familiar with OneNote, OneDrive, and the Microsoft Office Suite.  We will add videos to this YouTube channel to help you prepare for next year.

Is there financial aid available to help with this program?

We hope to be able to provide some financial assistance to purchase a Surface for those families who qualify for financial aid. More information will be forthcoming in the year.