O'Dea High School

Surface Program

Beginning with the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year, O’Dea is implementing a one-to-one single device program featuring the Microsoft Surface which will require all students to bring a Surface to school.

The Surface program will advance O’Dea’s educational mission by enhancing our students’ experience of discovery, connection, and collaboration in new and exciting ways. The students will benefit from a curriculum designed to effectively use technology and transform student learning. Also, the program will include instructional guidance designed to foster digital citizenship supporting electronic standards of conduct related to the appropriate use of technology.

As we move toward implementation of our Surface program for the 2017-18 school year, we invite you to read the following information about the program.  We will be updating this document throughout the year.

Why is O'Dea implementing a single device program?

Among the many reasons to have a single device program we look forward to 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
  • Improved preparation for student 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?

After researching various devices, we believe the Microsoft Surface has important capabilities that will 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 will students use the Surface?

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

Which Surface models are acceptable and how do I get one?

Acceptable Surface models for the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 include the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.  These models all offer the functionality needed for use at O’Dea.  The Class of 2018 will have the option of purchasing a Surface 3.  All devices should have a protective case and an accidental warranty that extends throughout the student’s high school career.

You may purchase the Surface at the location of your choice.  However, we have negotiated bulk pricing through SHI on a variety of Surface 4 models. For more information and log in credentials to access discounted pricing, contact our dedicated SHI rep, Emily Danta at Emily_Danta@shi.com.

Is there any benefit from purchasing my Surface from O'Dea's identified retailer?

While we have negotiated a discounted price for a Surface bundle (includes keyboard) through SHI, at times you may find a cheaper price through another retailer.  The benefits from purchasing through SHI are warranty and support.  The warranty available via SHI has no deductible, a faster turnaround time, more comprehensive coverage, and dedicated support, which may not be possible when purchasing through other retailers. Should you find a cheaper price for your Surface at another retailer, please be sure to review the warranty and support that comes with that purchase.

Does certain software need to be installed on the Surface?

Yes, complete information about the software will be forthcoming.

Is there financial aid available to help with this program?

Members of the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 who qualify for financial aid may be eligible to receive additional financial assistance to purchase a Surface through SHI.  Once purchased, the Surface will be shipped just prior to the start of the school year.

Members of the Class of 2018 who qualify for financial aid may receive, for a nominal charge, a Surface 3 previously used at O’Dea High School. This device will offer the functionality needed during the student’s senior year.

More information on this will be forthcoming.

How will families receive updates regarding the Surface Program?

As we continue to roll out our program, we will answer more questions through this FAQ page and the Family Bulletin.  You may also email David Olinger, Director of Educational Technology.