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Jesuit Launches 1:1 iPad Program for 2014-15
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In recent years, Jesuit High School has implemented a comprehensive plan to upgrade technology across campus. This transformation has included a systematic introduction of new technology in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning across all disciplines. The past two years we have taken deliberate steps to make mobile technology available to every student, developing what is widely known as a one-to-one (1:1) program.
We are pleased to announce that we will achieve this objective for the 2014-15 school year by establishing a 1:1 Program with the Apple iPad Air. The use of iPads and other new technologies is meant to assist our teachers in providing the rigorous and personal education that is a hallmark of Jesuit pedagogy.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions about our 1:1 Program. Please review them before contacting Jesuit with any additional questions. This list is not complete; as we draw closer to 1:1 implementation, additional FAQs will be added:
Jesuit High School 1:1 Program FAQs
WHAT IS THE JESUIT 1:1 PROGRAM? Every student at Jesuit High School will be equipped with a school-owned Apple iPad Air. This device is designed to help improve learning and develop the 21st century skills vital to his future success. The iPad must be returned to Jesuit when a student withdraws or is no longer enrolled.
WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN? HOW WILL THE iPADs BE DISTRIBUTED? The distribution of an Apple iPad Air to each student is scheduled for the final week of July 2014. This will be done on a class level basis as follows:
The iPad distribution sessions will begin at 7:00pm each night, and one parent is expected to accompany their son. Later this spring additional details will be given about the distribution process.
HOW WILL THIS BE PAID FOR? Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Jesuit High School is establishing a $300 technology fee for each student. This fee covers the cost of the iPads, insurance for each device, support for the 1:1 Program, and other costs related to our growing IT infrastructure.
IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR THE TECHNOLOGY FEE? Yes, both the $300 technology fee and the $13,900 cost of tuition are taken into consideration when assessing need for financial aid applicants.
CAN MY SON USE HIS OWN iPAD AT SCHOOL INSTEAD? No, each student must use his Jesuit-issued Apple iPad Air at school.
WILL THERE BE ANY OTHER COSTS OR FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE 1:1 PROGRAM? In addition to the $300 technology fee, each student will be required to purchase a protective case of his choice for his iPad. Additional costs will be related to the apps and materials required for each course. For example, a history course may require multiple apps as well as a digital text.
WILL ALL JESUIT TEXTBOOKS NOW BE ELECTRONIC? Jesuit selects its textbooks and course materials based on what best supports the curriculum. We are committed to adopting electronic textbooks when available and appropriate. Students will continue to use both electronic and printed textbooks. Even when electronic materials are chosen for a particular course, students will be permitted to use a print version.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE iPAD IS DAMAGED, LOST, OR STOLEN? The student is financially responsible for the full cost of a lost or stolen iPad. For damaged iPads, the technology fee includes coverage in a protection plan, although a deductible will apply in each instance.
HOW HAS THE SCHOOL PREPARED FOR THE 1:1 PROGRAM? This program is part of a multi-year process Jesuit has undertaken to improve the integration of technology in the classroom. We took the first steps toward a 1:1 Program by purchasing an iPad cart for classroom use in 2011-12. The next school year, 2012-13, we equipped all faculty with laptop computers, and soon thereafter three more iPad carts and two laptop carts were added. Last May all faculty received iPads as we prepared for an anticipated 1:1 implementation for 2014-15.
Significant professional development has provided the faculty with the skills and understanding to utilize the iPad as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Additional professional development will be offered this spring and summer, and will continue throughout 2014-15 and beyond. The efforts we have taken with our teachers and students the past few years, coupled with significant investments in our technology infrastructure, have fully prepared Jesuit for 1:1 implementation.
Additionally, we are part of a nationwide network of Jesuit schools now putting these powerful tools in the hands of our students and teachers. We have learned much from our fellow Jesuit educators around the country, and we will continue to draw upon their experiences as we move forward.
HOW OFTEN WILL STUDENTS BE USING THE iPAD? The iPad will be used on a significant basis campus-wide. Like any tool in our classrooms, it will not be used 100% of the time, and certainly there will be times when more traditional methods are used.
WILL STUDENTS STILL USE SEPARATE CALCULATORS? In future years we may be able to eliminate the need for calculators in favor of utilizing calculator apps on the iPad. Currently, however, iPads are not permitted on standardized tests. Therefore, in addition to the iPad, a calculator still will be needed. To ensure that students are properly trained and comfortable with the use of an appropriate calculator, Jesuit requires the purchase of either the TI-84 Plus calculator or the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition.
HOW WILL THE 1:1 PROGRAM IMPACT THE CANVAS LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM? Jesuit successfully adopted Canvas as its Learning Management System for 2013-14. Canvas has given students and teachers greater access to course materials, channels of communication, and multiple tools to enrich their classes. The 1:1 Program complements and enhances Canvas by allowing students to access this important course management system across campus throughout the day.
WHY THE iPAD FOR JESUIT’S 1:1 PROGRAM? The iPad is the mobile device most commonly used in Jesuit schools around the country, and it offers the best combination of characteristics for our academic program. These include:
These are just a few of the reasons why the iPad is best for Jesuit and offers tremendous possibilities for the classroom experience. We will continue to evaluate the mobile device landscape as we go forward with our 1:1 Program.
WILL THESE iPADs ALLOW STUDENTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO INAPPROPRIATE WEB CONTENT? Jesuit High School has web filtering to prevent inappropriate and/or malicious web content while students are connected at school. When connected to WiFi in other places, students will have to use the Internet responsibly just as they do at home. Parents are responsible for monitoring their son’s use of the iPad off campus.
CAN STUDENTS CHARGE iPADS AT SCHOOL? The iPad is required to be at school every day fully charged. Charging stations will not be provided. Students should get into the habit of charging them overnight.