1:1 IPAD OF CHOICE
The Middle School iPad initiative provides students with a dynamic and robust tool for personal and academic pursuits. Because the iPad is such a critical component in the teaching and learning paradigm, we offer students the opportunity to select the iPad model that best suits their needs and learning preferences. The resources below outline the program in great detail.
Middle School students are required to provide their own iPad.
We strongly recommend an iPad with:
- the latest version of iOS (version 12 as of July 1, 2019)
- a screen size of 9.7 inches (full-size, not iPad Mini)
- 32GB minimum internal memory, although 128GB is welcome as well.
- Wi-Fi-only configuration (iPads with cellular service are not allowed)
As of July 1, the starting price for iPad is $309. Visit the Apple web site to learn more about iPad specifications.
Some important points:
- Please note: The prices referenced above do not include accessories, including:
- Protective Case or Folio (Required)
- Bluetooth Keyboard (Required) (Stand alone or built into the case or folio)*
- Stylus (Required)
- Screen Protector (Optional)
- Although you may elect to purchase a 12.9 inch iPad Pro, we do not recommend that you do so based on multiple considerations, including weight, cost, portability, and size of device footprint on student desks.
- We strongly recommend purchasing AppleCare+ (and optionally, insurance to cover loss or theft), to cover screen damage and operational failure.
*If you are considering a separate wired keyboard, you may want to look at a low-cost option from Hitek, along with a protective sleeve to store both the iPad and keyboard.
ABOUT THE 1:1 IPAD OF CHOICE
The Middle School Technology Canvas page provides parenting resources as well as helpful tips in guiding your son's responsible use of the iPad.
Click the questions below to learn more about how our program operates.
- How will an iPad be provided for each student?
- Who will pay for Apps and eBooks?
- I already own an iPad; can I use it?
- What costs will there be for the students and their families?
- Where can I keep my iPad during assembly, recess, and lunch?
- How will the iPads be identified?
- Can the students mark or decorate their iPad or case?
- Can students print from an iPad?
- Will students be allowed to let a friend use their iPad?
- Does a student have to have an iTunes account?
- How does a student load a school supplied App onto the iPad?
- How can the iPad and lost Apps be restored?
- What happens if there are technical problems with the iPad?
- What happens if the iPad is lost, broken, or stolen? (Including cracked or shattered screens)
- How will my son keep his device charged during the school day?
- Will I receive tuition assistance that can be applied to the purchase of a device?
- Whom do I contact if I need more information?
Families will independently purchase or provide an iPad for their son's use at School (see above for the minimum configuration requirements). In addition, families will need to purchase a Bluetooth keyboard and a protective case.
Families can purchase an iPad directly from Apple. We highly recommend purchasing Apple's AppleCare+ for your son's iPad. Alternatively, families may contact Safeware to purchase insurance for a device they may already own.
To fully leverage the touch capabilities of the iPad, students are required to provide an inexpensive stylus. This should be secured in a pencil case with other writing tools.
All student iPads must be clearly labeled with the student's full name and grade. This label should be placed on the back of the iPad. In addition, the student's name must prominently appear on the protective case to ensure easy identification. During the Boot Camp session, students will record the serial number of their iPad and the passcode to unlock the device. These will be kept on file so that we may provide technical support and assistance at school.
Parents are encouraged to purchase casualty insurance to cover loss, breakage, etc. This insurance coverage may be included in your homeowner's policy, or it may be purchased from a third party vendor such as Safeware.
Loaner iPads will be made available while your son's iPad is being repaired. These iPads will be covered under the school's insurance policy. However, parents will be charged at least the $100 deductible in the event the loaner device is damaged.