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1:1 iPad Program

Jesuit 1:1 Program with iPads

In 2016-17, Jesuit enters the third year of its 1:1 Program with the Apple iPad Air. The first two years were extremely successful, as faculty and students have embraced the iPad as a powerful tool for enhancing student learning. 

The 1:1 Program's success has been due in part to several years of preparation and build-up to the August 2014 launch, during which Jesuit implemented a comprehensive plan to upgrade technology across campus. This technology transformation at the beginning of the decade included a systematic introduction of new technology in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning across all disciplines.

These deliberate steps toward making mobile technology available to every student fully prepared the students and faculty for the program, and the results have been exceptional. Since 2014, teachers have adopted innovative instructional methods that engage students in ways never before possible, and students have learned to manage their academic tasks -- such as note taking, studying, composing papers, and preparing presentations -- using the iPad. They are accomplishing these tasks in multimedia-rich manners more than before. Collaboration among students and teachers has increased as the iPad and related tools have made it easy to share ideas in real-time. More than 90% of textbooks are now digital.

In short, the use of iPads and other new technologies is assisting 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.

Jesuit High School 1:1 Program FAQs

WHAT IS THE JESUIT 1:1 PROGRAM?

Every student at Jesuit High School is 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.

WHAT DOES THE TECHNOLOGY FEE COVER?

The $150 Technology Fee covers the many costs required to provide a robust computing environment to support our 1:1 Program. These costs include:

  • The use of the Apple iPad Air.
  • An insurance program for the Apple iPad Air.
  • The service and support to ensure that students miss the smallest amount of academic time due to technical issues. With the school’s Help Desk and a pool of standby iPads, students receive optimum technical support. When a student damages his iPad, he is moved to another fully-functioning iPad in about 20 minutes.
  • Tremendous Internet bandwidth to enable fast and reliable Internet access.
  • A network infrastructure that can reliably support the many computing devices across campus.

IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR THE TECHNOLOGY FEE?

Yes, both the $150 technology fee and the $14,975 cost of tuition for the 2016-17 school year 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 $150 technology fee, each student is required to purchase a protective case of his choice for his iPad. We recommend protective cases from OtterBox, LifeProof, or Gumdrop. Additional costs are related to the apps and materials required for each course. For example, a given course may require multiple apps as well as a digital text.

ARE ALL JESUIT TEXTBOOKS NOW 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. Since 2015, more than 90% of student texts at Jesuit have been electronic. Even when electronic materials are chosen for a particular course, students are 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 applies in each instance.

 

HOW DID THE SCHOOL PREPARE FOR THE 1:1 PROGRAM?

The 1:1 program is part of a long-term process Jesuit has undertaken to improve the integration of technology in the classroom. The first steps toward a 1:1 Program came in 2011 with the purchase of an iPad cart for classroom use. The next school year, 2012-13, all faculty were equipped with laptop computers, and three more iPad carts and two laptop carts were added. In May 2013, all faculty received iPads as the school prepared for full 1:1 implementation for 2014-15.

Significant professional development provided the faculty with the skills and understanding to utilize the iPad as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning, and additional professional development continues every year. Additionally, Jesuit is part of a nationwide network of Jesuit schools utilizing a 1:1 Program. We have learned much from our fellow Jesuit educators around the country, and we will continue to draw upon their experiences, and share ours, as we move forward.

HOW OFTEN DO STUDENTS USE THE iPAD?

The iPad is used on a significant basis campus-wide. Like any tool in our classrooms, it is not used 100% of the time, and certainly there are times when more traditional methods are used.

 

ARE STUDENTS STILL USING 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 is 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 DOES THE 1:1 PROGRAM IMPACT THE CANVAS LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

Jesuit successfully adopted Canvas as its Learning Management System in 2013, giving 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:

  • Extreme portability (small and lightweight)
  • An abundance of available academic content
  • Instant-on, and great battery life

These are just a few of the reasons why the iPad is best for Jesuit and offers tremendous possibilities for the classroom experience. However, we continuously evaluate the mobile device landscape as we plan our technology usage for the future.

DO THESE iPADs ALLOW STUDENTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO INAPPROPRIATE WEB CONTENT?

Jesuit High School's web filtering prevents inappropriate and/or malicious web content while students are connected at school. When connected to WiFi in other places, students 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 are not provided at Jesuit. Students should get into the habit of charging them overnight.

 

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It is an exciting era, with the constant infusion of new technology and the increasing emphasis on student engagement in the learning process.
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