O'Dea High School

Surface Tablet Program

O’Dea’s one-to-one single device program features 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 and foster digital citizenship.

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
  • 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 with 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 365 (provided by O’Dea at no cost)
  • 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 will provide financial assistance to purchase a Surface for those families who qualify for financial aid.

Who can I reach out to with questions about the Surface Tablet Program?

For questions regarding the Surface Tablet Program, please email Director of Educational Technology, Mr. David Olinger.