McQuaid has been contemplating the best device for student use for the better part of the past two school years. Focus groups were convened to evaluate a wide variety of devices. Ultimately, the following are some of the factors that led to our choosing iPad as the platform of choice: ease of use, battery life, wide variety of apps, and portability.
Does my son have to receive an iPad?
Yes. In order to maintain a consistent classroom experience for all students, the iPad will be part of our required materials for students.
What are some examples of the classroom benefits of the iPad?
Benefits of using an iPad in the classroom are numerous and varied. Students can replace some of the existing “tools” they already have in the form of digital notetaking and digital textbooks. Teachers can design innovative lessons that lead students to explore and learn in new, exciting ways. Students can respond in real time to questions asked by the teacher, and the teacher receives instant feedback on student comprehension. These are just a few of the benefits we are excited to introduce to the learning environment at McQuaid Jesuit.
What if my son already has an iPad?
We know that some families may already have an iPad at home. However, to provide a consistent experience for all students at McQuaid Jesuit, we will require the use of the iPad provided by the school. This ensures that we can quickly and legally deploy all of the necessary purchased apps to all devices, properly protect students from accessing inappropriate content, and more easily troubleshoot problems that occur during the course of a school day.
Don’t students already spend enough time looking at screens?
Since the beginning of our planning process, we have been especially mindful of this concern. The iPad will enhance the classroom experience, but we will maintain a balance between thoughtful use of technology and teaching that does not use or require technology. The healthy, informal socializing that occurs in the hallways, cafeteria, and other common areas will continue, supported by updates to our student conduct code. The iPad will be used for educational purposes within the confines of the classroom and other academic areas.
Will all of my sons textbooks be on the iPad?
Digital resources, apps, and online texts will join our existing print resources as teachers research and request them. We will include digital materials in the materials list for 2017-18 once those are set later this spring.
When will my son receive his iPad?
The Technology Office has been hard at work on designing a “student boot camp” for basic iPad proficiency this summer. Our plan is to start these sessions in July. Each student will schedule a time between then and the start of school to come in, receive his iPad, meet with an instructor, and get started on a mini-project that will be due the first day of school.
Will my son’s iPad be insured?
All iPads provided by McQuaid Jesuit will be covered by an AppleCare Protection Plan, Apple’s top-rated hardware warranty. This covers two incidents of accidental damage for each iPad. The repair deductible will be covered by McQuaid Jesuit. Further damage repair costs incurred in excess of the two covered incidents will be charged to families.
Our school iPads will be enclosed in an Otterbox Defender-series protective case, which we expect will limit the occurrences of damage. Students will be required to keep the case on at all times.
For how long will my son have his iPad?
Each of your sons will have an iPad for three years, at which point the iPad will be replaced with the newest model available. All students will have the same model of iPad to ensure equity of access to resources.
How does this affect Schoology?
Our use of Schoology will not change. Students will simply be able to access Schoology more readily.
I have additional questions. Who do I contact?