Following the example of Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, who was one of the first to purchase a printing press in the 16th Century, Loyola Academy promoted the early adoption of iPads in education and required an iPad for each student beginning with the 2013-14 academic year. In November 2016, Apple renewed Loyola Academy’s status as an Apple Distinguished School, continuing recognition for leadership, innovation and academic excellence. As part of the application process, we authored a short iBook, telling Chapter 2 of our story. There are many examples of how we have grown as a 1:1 iPad learning environment, including student creations. This updated web page provides detailed information and links to some frequently asked questions associated with our One-to-One (1:1) iPad Initiative for the 2017-2018 school year.
We recommend purchasing a wifi-only, minimum 64GB iPad to accommodate apps, textbooks, files, and other materials not stored in the cloud. Because your student has four years of iPad use ahead, we strongly encourage you to invest in a model with enough storage to accommodate current and future learning needs. If your student already owns an iPad, he or she may continue to use it provided that it is the Air model or higher, capable of running at least iOS10 and current curricular-specific apps. Each student must have a dedicated iPad for his or her daily use. It will contain important documents, apps, and books which they will need to access on an ongoing basis.
Apple recently instituted an education discount for families who purchase a family-owned iPad. Discounts typically average in the $20-$30 range, depending on the device purchased. They also offer free engraving. You will need to allow two to three weeks for the process, so do not delay. Apple becomes very busy in the back-to-school season and may not be able to accommodate a short turn-around.
The iPad can be shipped for free either to your home or to a local Apple Store for pick-up. If you elect to ship to your local Apple Store, their staff will also help you create an Apple ID with family sharing and set up the iPad.
Should you be interested in availing yourself of this discount, your best plan of action is to purchase online through this Apple website: https://www.apple.com/us/shop/goto/educationrouting. If you choose to purchase from an Apple Store directly, you may not be able to take advantage of the online discount.
Most textbooks will be purchased as e-books, iBooks, or Kindle books, but not all textbooks will be electronic. We continue to review our current textbook list, with an eye to replacing textbooks with digital, interactive textbook options as available. We continue to meet with various publishers to learn about their programs and the availability of electronic books.
Loyola Academy participates in the Volume Purchase Program offered by Apple. As part of the $125 technology fee for ebook subscriptions and apps, curricular apps are purchased by Loyola Academy. Redeem codes will be distributed to students, and the students will own the installed apps. Part of becoming a responsible user of technology is knowing how to care for the device, including downloading, installing, using, updating, and uninstalling applications. Upon graduation, students will be able to continue using whatever apps they have installed on whatever new iOS device they happen to buy in the future.
The iPad is a personal device, owned by our families. Being a responsible user of technology is a tenet of 21st-Century skills. Beyond network authentication, Loyola will not use managing software on the iPads. Students have access to all of the apps and iBooks in the Apple iTunes Store with their Apple ID. All of the apps in the Apps Store have been vetted by Apple’s quality control, assuring us of their safety and propriety.
While on the Loyola Academy wireless network, all internet traffic is monitored and filtered the best we can through our Barracuda filter and parameters configured through our Internet Service Providers. Students will be expected to fully comply with our Acceptable Use Policies. These policies are published in the student handbook. Parents are likewise encouraged to carefully monitor their student’s use of the iPad at home, as they would the use of any other internet device.
Students are required to provide a case for their iPad, and we strongly urge you to buy one that protects the front, back, and side edges of the iPad. There are no requirements to purchase accessories for the iPad; but over the years, students who invested in a keyboard and/or stylus found them to be useful in many classes. The Apple Pencil is now compatible with the newest generation iPad and costs about $99. Inexpensive styli can also be purchased at electronics and office-supply stores, as can keyboards or keyboard cases. During our freshman orientation, we will identify the apps that each student needs to have installed on their iPad, as well as recommendations for other apps.
The short answer is that teachers will use the iPad as a tool to enrich student learning, based on 21st Century teaching models. Among them will be to access information beyond the four walls of the classroom, to analyze material from a variety of sources, to communicate a student’s findings and conclusions, and to engage with other learners. An iPad is an additional tool, similar to chalk, LCD projectors, online grades, and many other examples to enhance student learning.
The iPad was the first mobile, tablet device. It is a functionally reliable product and has design elements which fit our needs, such as its long battery life, flat profile, touchscreen, and dual cameras. The robust app-developer community is dedicated to designing apps for educational use of the iPad.
It is more than likely that something better than the iPad will come out; and when it does, we will evaluate available technologies and re-evaluate our policy. The iPad is designed to supplement computer technologies and is merely a tool to be used for teaching and learning. Enhancing student learning must always come before any particular educational tool, whether it be a ruler, a calculator, a textbook, or an iPad.
We are aware of the dangers associated with overexposure to technology and social media. Our job as educators and parents is to make sure that students know those dangers, too, and become smart users of their mobile and computing devices. Your student’s teachers will help in that endeavor, but parents play a vital role in this educational component. Teachers are trained to use the right tool at the right time to reach learning outcomes. Sometimes it makes sense to put pen to paper or turn the pages of a book, whether those are paper pages or electronic pages. Sometimes it is important just to listen or to lead a group discussion. And sometimes it is essential to use an iPad to find the best answers, synthesize mountains of information, and create something dynamic that will help transform our world. We also want to create a level playing field, without digital haves and have-nots. The one-to-one program ensures that every student has the necessary digital tools to aid his or her education and growth.
In the 2012-13 academic year, we implemented an iPad Pilot Program with eight teachers and approximately 240 students. Participants in the program explored best practices in teaching the 21st Century student and whether or not the iPad would enrich teaching and learning. Based upon the experiences of the iPad Pilot Program, we concluded the device meets a number of specific curricular needs that the school has identified for its students of the 21st Century. In particular, the iPad offers students:
Access via our wireless network to a world of information via the Internet;
Access to mobile computing power for engaging in the type of work our society now expects;
Access to our learning management system to give our students notifications of new course information and access to all course materials through one, centralized location;
Access to social media so that students can engage in the bold dialogue and intellectual conversations of the age;
Access to digital textbooks, databases, audio and video files, and cloud storage so they can carry their studies with them in a variety of engaging formats; and
A personalized computing device that ensures widespread and equitable access as well as options for personal customization, integration, and responsibility.
All of Apple’s app sales are final, so it is essential that you discuss this with your Rambler. If your student currently is downloading songs or videos from iTunes, most likely you already have had this discussion. Apple IDs can be created with no credit card, and there is now the option to share apps through the Family-Sharing feature of your Apple ID. Finally, you can also set up an allowance-type account and/or use Apple iTunes gift cards for app purchases. Information about Apple ID’s can be found at: https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/
When you purchase your iPad, we strongly urge you to purchase protection against loss, theft, and/or damage. The following are two options for your consideration:
AppleCare+ is and extended warranty and coverage for accidental damage to your student’s iPad. You must purchase AppleCare+ within 30 days of purchase of the iPad. AppleCare+ does not insure against loss or theft.
To insure against loss, theft, vandalism, fire, flood, natural disasters, and power surges due to lightning strikes, an option is to purchase third-party insurance. One such vendor is Worth Ave. Group. They also cover accidental damage, such as from drops and/or spills. There are a variety of coverage lengths and deductible options from which to choose. Further information can be found at the following link: https://my.worthavegroup.com/loyolail.
The general rule is that if there is something a student should be doing, then that’s what a student should be doing. If the class is researching something, then that’s what all students should be doing. If students are on their own time, then they can choose how to spend their time. Just as a student can get a JUG for being disruptive in class or listening to their music instead of their teachers, they can get a JUG for doing something on their iPad other than what they should be doing. Misbehaving is misbehaving.