This site covers the basics and beyond for using and integrating your iPad into the classroom. This site is complemented by in-service and one-on-one sessions with the technology staff at Immaculate Heart.
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The goals of our 1:1 iPad program include
- Improving student learning by providing ready, portablen anytime access to educational materials.
- Supporting collaborative learning through the storage and sharing of class-related materials among students and between students and teachers.
- Providing richer learning experiences through the integration of audio and/or video-based resources.
- Increasing student engagement through personalized, differentiated learning.
1. What is the cost of this program?
- The cost is for the device and incidentals (insurance, cover, keyboard) parents choose to buy for their daughters. There are no additional fees for the iPad program. Our standard technology fee will still be in effect, which covers the cost of all school-wide services, including Internet access, software, content filtering, laptop access and desktop labs, etc.
2. Which device should students purchase?
- We recommend an iPad version 2 or above. iPad minis are ok too. Storage sizes come in 16, 32 or 64 GB. We recommend the 32GB for whichever device you choose. We also recommend having the Apple Genius Bar set up the account for your daughter.
3. What if we cannot purchase a device for our daughter?
- Our textbook company, ESCO, offers an iPad financing option. You can find more information about it here.
4. What if the student’s device is not working correctly?
- We cannot repair a device that the school does not own. We will offer basic troubleshooting advice, but any serious problems would need to be addressed by the Apple store. Purchasing additional warranty coverage might be a good idea.
5. How will students save their work?
- The iPad has many ways to save and share documents. We will be recommending Applications (Apps) to be installed on the iPad that will facilitate the sharing of assignments and group work. The cost of these apps will be minimal and will be announced prior to the end of the school year, probably between $20 - $30.
6. What about printing?
- We try to minimize the amount of work students print, but when it is necessary to print a document, students will save their work to a shared folder and print from one of the school computers. They will receive training for this purpose.
7. Will the iPads be safe?
- We will review safety tips with all students, but it will be each student’s responsibility to keep her device safe and to follow safety procedures when traveling to and from school. iPads should never be left out unattended.
8. How much will they be using this device in classes?
- Our goal is to use the iPads daily in math, social studies and English classes. The other classes will use them as projects/activities arise. We will evaluate the program after the first semester to see how students are doing and adjust accordingly.
9. Can students use eBooks instead of textbooks so they don’t have to carry all those books every day?
- Yes, many of the books are online. Some are free and some are fee-based. Most teachers will be happy to accommodate those students who want to use an e-version.
10. How much will the apps cost that she will need to purchase?
- We will publish a list of suggested and required apps. Apps are very inexpensive and we hope to recommend many free ones as well.
11. Will students' online access be filtered?
- Yes, students will be using the same filter that all student devices use on our network. However, keep in mind that no Internet filtering is 100% effective.
12. How can parents control what is installed on the iPad?
- There are some parental controls parents can install to control the loading of apps and other changes to the device. You can locate these controls in the Settings - General - Restrictions. More information can be found on the Apple website: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4213
13. Why did the school choose iPads over laptops?
- Long battery life (8 to 10 hours) and lightweight (about a pound).
- Durable, very portability and instant startup time.
- No barriers between teacher and student by a laptop screen.
- Screen is clear and easy to see.
- Wide variety of resources and study tools (always something new & many are free or very low cost).
- eBooks are easy to download, annotate and share.
- Cameras: video, still pics, sound recordings offer creative options for projects.
- Low training threshold.
- Hard to hack (few or no viruses)