Will each student be given an email address? (updated: 02/06/2015)
What is the iPad Program? (updated: 05/17/2013)
Why iPads? (updated: 05/17/2013)
When will I receive my iPad? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Which version iPad will I receive? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Is this iPad mine to keep? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will there be Apps that are required of all students? (updated: 05/15/2013)
What if my iPad is damaged, lost, or stolen? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Can I use my own iPad if I have one? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Are eTextbooks going to be used for all classes? (updated: 05/15/2013)
When will I purchase my textbooks? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will I be restricted in the apps or other data I put on my iPad? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will there be any additional costs associated with the iPad? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will I get to keep the iPad over the summer? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will the school offer any training/orientation for parents & students? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Understanding acceptable and appropriate use? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Should the device lose its charge during the day, what happens? (updated: 05/15/2013)
How will I store all of my academic work on my iPad? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will I need a case? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Can I purchase a separate data plan for my iPad? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will I need to have wireless Internet at home? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will this device be a distraction from doing school work? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will the school block me from using certain apps or websites? (updated: 05/15/2013)
Will each student be given an email address?
- Yes. Students will be issued a St. John’s email account. Students should always use their SJC email account for all school communications (w/ teachers, peers, staff, administration, etc.). Students are allowed to configure personal email accounts on the iPad.
- The iPad comes with a built-in Mail app that can be configured to manage their SJC email account. SJC email accounts can also be accessed from the iPad and//or any computer with Internet access through a web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.).
What is the iPad Program?
- The iPad Program is the use of technology in a 1:1 method with students. Every student, teacher and staff member will have the capability to interact (teach, learn and observe) in the same ways higher education, students and businesses require the productive. Students will be issued and educated with the assistance of his/her own iPad which is used throughout the curriculum as an invaluable learning tool. This is the first step towards a learning environment in which students and teachers have 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week access to the tools and resources of the 21st Century classroom.
- The highest level requirement for the evaluation process was, the device must be able to be configured for the individual needs of the end user, which could be unique to each person. Technology has evolved to a level that no longer requires the end user to cater to how the device works. Once this requirement has been met, then things like portability, battery life, durability, virus and app protection, usable life, and availability of resources can be evaluated. This led the decision to Apple’s tablet computer, iPad. Apple is known as a leader in educational support with a wealth of resources. The seamless integration of applications, apps and a secure operating system will allow for maximum educational use with minimal support needed.
When will I receive my iPad?
- In coming 9th grade students will receive their iPad during Freshman Orientation. 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will be scheduled beginning August 16th - August 26, 2013. Check back later this summer for detailed dates and times.
Which version iPad will I receive?
- Beginning in the fall of 2013, students will receive either a 3rd or 4th generation iPad. The software configuration will be iOS 6.1 (or current iOS) with SJC’s approved set of core apps. The hardware configuration; 16GB w/ Wi-Fi, power supply, USB cable and protective cover.
Is this iPad mine to keep?
- All software, apps & ebooks, are yours to keep. They are tied to your personal iTunes account and will follow you from year to year and after graduation. The hardware is solely owned by SJC and will be returned at the end of its usable life, which is determined by the lease contract. In most cases this will be 24 months.
Will there be Apps that are required of all students?
- Apps will fall into 3 categories, 1) Core Apps, 2) Teacher Recommended, Course Apps, and 3) Student Choice Apps.
- Core Apps are apps that everyone receives at no extra expense. The current list includes; Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Notability and Dropbox.
- Teacher Recommended, Course Apps are apps that are required by your teacher for a particular course. Many of these apps are free, however, you may be required to purchase apps periodically.
- Student Choice Apps are apps you find to help you become more productive. There is a multitude of apps to help get the job done, you will not always be locked in to having to do it the same way as everyone else.
What if my iPad is damaged, lost, or stolen?
- The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that all students and parents sign explain in detail how a damaged, lost or stolen iPad is handled.
- In a quick overview:
- A damaged iPad is protected under the AppleCare+ Protection Plan. As long as Apple Service does not deem neglect from the end user, a $50.00 fee (student/parent responsible) will get the iPad replaced with a refurbished unit with the same hardware specifications. Only 2 AppleCare+ claims can be made in a 12 month period. If Apple Service deems neglect on the end users part, the student/parent is 100% financially responsible for the replacement cost of the unit.
- If a lost or stolen iPad can not be found, then the student/parent is 100% financially responsible for the replacement cost of the unit.
Can I use my own iPad if I have one?
- Students are required to use the school issued iPad for their school work.
Are eTextbooks going to be used for all classes?
- Not all resources (text books, work books, novels, etc.) will be in an ebook format. For the next year or two, there will be a combination of electronic and printed media.
When will I purchase my textbooks?
- The SJC Online Bookstore will have the 2013-14 book lists and be ready for sales beginning roughly in Mid July 2013.
Will I be restricted in the apps or other data I put on my iPad?
- The iPad students are issued is for school related work, therefore, you should avoid installing no school apps. Between the school approved apps, ebooks and data, your iPad will fill up quickly and you will not have much free space for personal stuff.
Will there be any additional costs associated with the iPad?
- As long as there are no AppleCare+ claims and/or lost or stolen issues, there are no additional costs.
Will I get to keep the iPad over the summer?
- You will have the option to keep the iPad over the summer. If you (and/or your parent(s)/guardian(s)) are not comfortable with this, then it can be safely stored by the Technology Department. It will be the responsibility of the student to make the necessary arrangements with the Technology Department.
Will the school offer any training/orientation for parents & students?
- Orientation and basic training will occur when you are issued your iPad at the beginning of the school year. On going support during the school year is available from your classroom teachers and the Technology Department.
Understanding acceptable and appropriate use?
- The SJC Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and the Student • Parent Handbook spell out in detail acceptable and appropriate use of technology for SJC students. If you are unclear on any of the points, AUP questions can be direction to the Technology Department and Student • Parent Handbook question can be directed to the Student Affairs office.
Should the device lose its charge during the day, what happens?
- It’s the students responsibility to make sure the iPad is fully charged by the beginning of the school day. A full charge will last the entire school day as long as you restrict yourself to school work and not playing. There will be charging stations located in various areas of the school (Library, Computer Labs, etc.).
How will I store all of my academic work on my iPad?
- Storage of your academic work can be accomplished in several different ways, and there isn’t just one way for all work. It will be up to you (with help from your teachers) to decide which way is best for the different types of assignments. Some work will be stored in the app you’re using, some will go to your iCloud cloud storage that’s tied to you iTunes account and some could Dropbox cloud storage.
Will I need a case?
- YES! When you receive your iPad, it will come with a protective case. The iPad is to remain in the protective cover at all times.
Can I purchase a separate data plan for my iPad?
- The student issued iPad only has Wi-Fi and no cellular card. There is no data plan that can be purchased.
Will I need to have wireless Internet at home?
- An iPad can only connect to the Internet wirelessly, so if you want to connect to the Internet at home, then you will need wireless capability. However, it is not mandatory to have wireless Internet access at home, but greatly beneficial. Students will have access to the Internet at school to be able to access (upload/download) their work.
Will this device be a distraction from doing school work?
- Having a device like an iPad can be a distraction. It takes a certain level of maturity and self discipline to manage personal technology so it does not become a distraction at the wrong times. When managed properly, the iPad becomes an invaluable resource with the pros out weighing the cons.
Will the school block me from using certain apps or websites?
- St. John’s holds all students to the highest standards of moral and ethical use of technology, that are outlined in both the SJC Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and the Student • Parent Handbook. Based on students technology use practices over the past several years there has not been any warrant to block apps and/or websites. All systems will be monitored and if a problem(s) arises, it will be handled one-on-one with the student, which could result in temporary or permanent suspension of use of the iPad and/or other technology.