1:1 iPad Program
With the start of the 2015-2016 school year just
around the corner, we wanted to share some important details about our exciting 1:1 iPad Program, for sixth, 7th and 8th grades.
In preparation for the iPad rollout for students,
we have put several training programs in place for our teachers and
are upgrading the school’s technology infrastructure to support the new
learning environment. We have dedicated new technical resources to both teacher
training and student support, and we have an excited staff that will greet our
students in August. However, as with all new programs, especially one of this
magnitude, we anticipate that we will be learning along the journey. The iPad
will be a dynamic new teaching tool, but we do not expect nor wish it to
replace the special teacher-student relationship of the traditional classroom.
We are also aware of the potential misuse of technology, so we have initiated
a Student iPad Acceptable Use Policy Agreement that helps
protect our students from the dangers of mismanaging the iPad. In
There will be a fee of $215 to cover the annual expenses of
the iPad program including management software, iPads applications, and e-books.
This fee must be paid by August 7th, the day you
must bring the iPad to school for enhancement.
The Spanish Textbook ($40) and the ITBS practice workbook
($20) will be the only books required. These books can be purchased at the
- Monitoring Software The iPads will be monitored by the school via a
management software tool, which will track both iPad usage and apps
loaded on the devices. Any unauthorized use of the iPad will result in
- Internet Access – As always, students will have filtered Internet access
at school. The filter prohibits students from visiting social networking
and other inappropriate websites.
- Textbooks and eBooks - STMACS is committed to providing students with the
best learning resources available today, so we will use a blend of
traditional printed materials and e-textbooks this year. We are
using e-books offered from our textbook partner MBS as well as
e-textbooks available from Apple’s iBooks App
- Feedback - As we embark on this program, we will be very interested
in feedback from our students and parents. We plan to issue a survey at
the end of the first quarter to assess the program.
have we selected the iPad?
The Apple iPad is the most promising device
on the market today for the following reasons:
- Dedicated Education Division - Apple Inc. has a history of working with schools to
develop successful programs and has a well-defined strategy for providing
assistance in building the program.
- Established, large user base - With 100s of 1000s of devices deployed in schools
across the country, there is a large community of similar schools that
use iPads with which we may collaborate
- Multifunctional Device - The iPad will consolidate many functions for students:
textbooks, notebooks, binders, lab books, calculators, communication
tool, calendars, cameras, video recorders, world atlases, periodic
tables, dictionaries, encyclopedias, Shakespeare anthologies, lab
- Form and function - The iPad is lightweight and the batteries last an
entire day. It will add minimal weight to a student’s backpack
- Innovative Apps - The iPads offers the most extensive library of
educational apps and support for multiple languages
- Touch screen/Accessories -Offline Access –The iPad uniquely allows for
off-line usage so that it will remain useful as an e-book reader or
writing device when there is no Internet connection
- Environmentally Conscious - Over time, we will use less paper operating more
efficiently and sustainably
The Internet is filtered by the
STMACS wireless network to prevent students from visiting websites
counter to the school’s mission and philosophy and those prohibited by the
school’s Acceptable Use Policy for Technology. When students use their
iPads off campus, their networks may have no boundaries.
STMACS is promoting a free option for
parents. Parents looking to make their network safer for their students can use
OpenDNS web content filtering to help protect against adult sites, video
sharing, social networking sites or any sites that you deem to be a time waster
or potentially harmful.
OpenDNS is an alternative to the DNS server that
is provided by your Internet provider. It is easy to switch to by changing the
setting on your router to use OpenDNS.
Visit http://www.opendns.com/home-solutions/parental-controls to learn more about this free service.
When do I bring the iPad to school to set them
up and download the e-books?
iPads need to be set up prior to the start of
the school year. Therefore, you need to bring the iPad to school by August 7. We will set up the monitoring programs,
download application and e-books, and make sure the iPads are working
properly. iPads will be ready for the first day of school.
Do I need to do
anything to the iPad before I bring it to school?
Make sure the battery is fully charged.
Back up your files. The iPad will be formated and may lose
some of your information.
Remove all password protection. Student will be able to reset
password when the iPad is returned the first day of school.
You will be given a receipt when you bring the iPad to school
indicating the serial number and condition of the iPad.
version of the iPad will students be allowed to use?
Students will be using a fourth generation or
better 16GB (preferably 32GB), with Retina display, WIFI capability,
Apple Care (insurance) or other device insurance. NO 3G or 4G capability.
What are the
expectations for student use of the iPads?
Students will be expected to bring them to
school fully charged each day and have them in class just as they
would for any other required material. As a technology device, the iPads
fall under the Acceptable Use Policy articulated in
the Student-Parent Handbook. A specific iPad program agreement will
be provided during the orientation process.
Does the school plan to use digital books next
Yes. All, but the Spanish textbook, are
available in digital formats.
Will students use
other devices in class?
STMACS is committed to providing teachers and
students the best technology for specific learning goals. Laptops, computers
and other devices will be available when necessary in the classroom. The school
will continue to provide student access to the computer lab
throughout the school year as part of the curriculum.
Will there be an additional fee for the iPad
Any accessories, such as a personal keyboard or
stylus, will be the responsibility of the family. There will be a fee of $215 to cover the annual expenses of the iPad program including management software,
applications. This fee must be paid by August 7th.
Will my student still need
a computer at home?
It is important to note that the iPad is not a
replacement for a computer, but rather its touch screen, unique apps, and
interactive textbooks offer students a completely new learning experience.
Students may feel more comfortable completing some assignments, particularly
those involving extensive use of a keyboard, on a computer.
Do I need to have
wireless Internet service at home for this device to work?
No. One of the advantages of the iPad is that it
has sufficient memory (that is why we recommend a 32GB device) to store
textbooks and other materials required for homework, making it unnecessary to
have Internet access at home. Naturally, any available connection at home will
enable a student to use his/her iPad for Internet research, access files stored
in the Dropbox, GoogleDocs or other “cloud” program, and to complete some
assignments. The school will provide filtered Internet access on campus.
The iPads must not have cellular connection capability.
How will a student’s
safety online be ensured?
We will be using our Internet infrastructure to
control the devices that use our wireless network. We also provide Children's Internet Protection Act compliant web filtering. Additionally, our
students’ online behavior will be governed by the STMACS iPad Authorized Use
Policy that will be communicated to all students and parents during orientation
Help me understand the
After extensive deliberation, STMACS chose iPads
as the required device for all students in grades 6 through 8. In coming
to this conclusion, we considered a number of issues including the advantages
of a uniform platform, the cost to families, battery life, and the future of
digital textbooks. Our conclusion was that the iPad was the best solution.
Apple has contracted with a number of textbook
companies and iBook textbooks are becoming readily available.
Apple's digital textbooks represent a significant savings for
My family already has an iPad 1. Do I
need to purchase a new one?
The School recommends version 3 or higher
because of the photo, movie, and projection features. iBooks and eBooks will
work on all versions. If it is your family’s only iPad, however, please
understand that your student will rely on it heavily and may not be able, or
willing to share.
Will an iPad Mini
Will STMACS provide an
iPad or will I need to purchase my own?
All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students
will need to purchase their own iPad, similar to buying a book or
calculator. However, the initiative will actually provide our families
with a significant savings. eBooks and iBook textbooks are a fraction of the
cost of their printed counterparts, yet offer considerably more content
What type of iPad case can the students use?
Students may use a case of their choice,
provided it does not show any offensive or improper pictures or decorations.
The administration may require students to remove a cover that is not in
conformity with the school catholic spirit.
Which Apps will be
The required applications, such as Notability,
iBooks, iTunes, Socrative, PDF Reader, and many others, will be
downloaded to the students’ iPad. During the course of the year, the teachers
may require additional Apps.
Why do we need an iPad
Acceptable Use Policy?
This iPad Acceptable Use Policy is intended to
promote responsible use and protect students and the school from liability
resulting from any misuse of the school-issued iPad. Technology, on or
off-campus, must be used in accordance with the mission and philosophy
of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School as well as the
Acceptable Use Policy for Technology as stated in the St. Michael the Archangel
Catholic School - Parent Handbook. Teachers may set additional requirements for
use in their respective class.
There is no assumption of privacy. STMACS
reserves the right to inspect student iPads at any time during the school year.
Misuse of the iPad may result in disciplinary action up to and including
Above all, the 1:1 iPad program at
STMACS is an academic program, and the policies governing the use of the iPad
support its academic use. To maintain the integrity of the iPad program, all
students and parents/guardians must acknowledge and agree to the iPad
Acceptable Use Policy. Click
here for a copy of the Policy.
If you have any
questions, or need additional information do not hesitate to contact the School
Office. We want to make sure that we have a smooth transition into the XXI
Century education environment. Your comments are always welcome.