Technology Resources/Articles

In a constant effort to provide the best possible educational tools, we feel it is important to give you as parents, the resources you need. We hope you can find many of the answer to your problems here. Whether you do or not, we invite you to join us for our "Coke With A Nerd" Parent Technology Training sessions here at the Academy. Check the schedule here.

Coke With A Nerd: Parent Edition

posted Feb 8, 2013, 3:38 PM by Daniel Ashworth   [ updated Feb 8, 2013, 3:40 PM ]



EXCITING PARENT TECH TRAINING!

Join us for casual, exciting evenings of engaging with the technology that some of you may be wary or just plain scared of. Taking this casual training experience with our teachers and bringing it to you, our parents, we're hoping you'll join us with your questions, concerns and frustrations. For the full schedule, check the Coke With A Nerd: Parent Edition page.

Technology Survey - Spring 2012

posted Jun 25, 2012, 10:09 PM by SBA Portals   [ updated Oct 17, 2012, 12:04 PM by David Barber ]

SBA strives to strike a balance between consistently listening to the parents of our SBA Students and leading the way into new technologies used in the classroom and that our students will face in business and higher education.

In the spring of 2012, SBA initiated a survey of our parents regarding upcoming requirements for Student Learning Devices and the following are the results:

  Respondents - 57% of recipients of the survey responded.
    - 88% agreed that students should have an electronic learning device (Apple iPad) for classroom learning.
    - 84% agreed that it was reasonable that they would need to purchase a learning device for upper school students sometime during their secondary education.
    - 64% of students currently have a device dedicated to their educational process.
    - 76% of those that own devices own iPads

Based this information and other significant advantages of all students having an identical learning device, SBA is committed to prayerfully deciding on classroom requirements for the 2012 and 2013 school years.
  

Google Docs - Help and Templates

posted Jun 25, 2012, 9:31 PM by SBA Portals   [ updated Nov 18, 2012, 7:00 PM by David Barber ]

Google Docs is provided to every student starting in the 2012-2013 school year.  They are accessed through the student's email account (log in through http://mail.sbaconnect.org and click "Docs" or "Drive").

By far, the best tutorials are available directly through Google Docs Help at the following link


Additional links will be added as they become available.

Student iPads - 7th-12th for 2013-2014

posted Jun 25, 2012, 7:57 PM by SBA Portals   [ updated Nov 19, 2012, 5:52 AM by Chris Neighbors ]

With the Apple iPad as a recommended student device for 2012 and a required device in 2013 (7th - 12th grades) we wanted to be sure to give you all the information you need to make a smart, informed decision that works for your family.

Requirements:  Student devices need to meet the following criteria:
  - Apple iPad (1, 2, 3 or Mini) with at least 16GB storage.  
  - Units should only have WiFi and are not to have 3G connectivity.  
  - iPad Mini? - The new iPad Mini will work, however, most educators feel that the size limitations on data input (smaller area to write on and type) makes the full size iPad a better choice.


Where t
o buy:  iPads are available from a number of locations, however, each has its own advantages. Due to the price controls that Apple puts on it's re-sellers, there are little to no discounts available making the prices very consistent.

  MacAuthority - Located at Hamilton Place Mall, they offer a local retail outlet with an Apple certified service desk.  MacAuthority also offers special deals for SBA Parents (purchase Apple Care and receive discounted military grade case) - Click Here  PDF of the MacAuthority discount offer Click Here.
   BestBuy - Again, a good local vendor.  Has a service desk that can service the iPad, however, mostly they send the units out for work to be performed.  Click Here
   Apple.com - Of course, you can purchase an iPad from the Apple website.  Click Here


Refurbished Units:  Refurbished units purchased from Apple.com or BestBuy and are a great way to save.  These units typically have the exact same warranty as new purchases and since they have no moving parts, there have been very few instances of units not performing.

   MacAuthority - I have personally purchased 2 refurbished iPad 2s for $299 each from MacAuthority.  With
       the case, insurance and support from MacAuthority, they have been fantastic!
   Apple.com (Click Here) - Currently these units are only available with 3G (will need to be disabled) for as 
       low as $399 for the 16GB iPad2 black or white. Availability changes frequently.
   BestBuy (Click Here) - In store price for 16GB iPad2 black or white was $379.  Typically they have a good 
       stock of units and purchasing them during the tax free weekend in August adds to savings.

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