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Beginning in September 2013, St. John's will launch a 1:1 iPad program, where every student will be required to own an iPad to use in the classroom, to collaborate with students and teachers, and to research and do homework assignments. The iPad - transformative in its potential to expand and enlarge the educational experience - will be integral to the way students work in courses across the curriculum. 

Why did we choose the iPad for St. John’s? The iPad is the industry standard for tablet computing and by far the most popular choice among schools nationwide. Intuitive, powerful and versatile, iPads help to enhance teaching and learning in myriad ways. St. John's chose to use the iPad for its design and durability; the benefits it offers for teaching and learning; and the cost, function and utility of the device. Read the Questions & Answers later on this page for more information.

Design and Durability

  • Slim, durable, lightweight and highly portable, the iPad is easy to bring to school and carry around campus.
  • Long battery life allows students to go the whole day without recharging.
  • Instant start-up means students are ready to go in class much faster than with a laptop.

Teaching and Learning

  • The iPad supports a variety of different teaching and learning styles, and helps foster student-centered learning environments.
  • It provides instant access to school email and the SJP portal.
  • Unlike laptops, the screen does not create a barrier between teacher and students.
  • Thousands of apps for the iPad open the door to endless possibilities for creative teaching and learning.
  • At the tap of a screen, it connects students to the wider world outside of St. John’s Prep, and allows them to do research at any time without having to use a computer lab.
  • The recording capability allows students to record lectures, create podcasts, practice language skills, and dictate notes.

Cost, Function and Utility

  • At approximately $400, the iPad is more affordable than a laptop computer.
  • Because the iPad is intuitive, students will be able to use it more easily than a laptop, without having to depend on technology support staff.
  • Unlike a laptop, the iPad is also an e-reader. Many English and social studies books used at St. John’s can be accessed through the iBooks store, where they are available for less than the cost of print editions. In addition, electronic editions of textbooks are increasingly available, also for less than print editions.
  • It is an effective organizational tool that can help students stay prepared for school. By replacing traditional paper notebooks with an interactive, digital device, it also reduces the need for making photocopies on campus and at home.
  • Apple is dedicated to accessibility, and the iPad has many built-in assistive technology functions.

Q&A about the Student iPad Program

1. What is the SJP 1:1 iPad program?

The 1:1 iPad program will begin in September 2013, when every student at St. John’s will be required to own an iPad to use in the classroom, to collaborate with students and teachers, to  research and to do homework assignments. It will be integral to the way students work in courses across the curriculum. By allowing students and teachers to take advantage of the multiplicity of resources and tools available with the iPad, the program is designed to enhance and support rigorous teaching and learning at St. John’s. As we enter this new paradigm of education, we assure you that students will continue to develop the critical thinking skills that are essential to their success in future studies and career endeavors. And perhaps most important, the dynamic relationship between students and teachers will continue to be the hallmark of a Prep education.

2. Is there a student use policy for the iPad?

The current Student Handbook includes a Technology Acceptable Use Policy. That document will be the overriding student use policy for the iPads. Additionally, these iPad-specific usage expectations will be considered part of the Technology Acceptable Use Policy. 

1. Storage Space: Students are required to maintain adequate storage space on their iPad for course material. If a student wishes to store personal music or video files on the iPad, the family may want to purchase an iPad with additional storage space.

2. Recording Devices: The iPad comes equipped with audio and video recording capabilities. Students are not allowed to record classes, teachers, or other students without the expressed permission of those being recorded.

3. Search/Privacy: In compliance with our rules regarding appropriate behavior, and to maintain a safe school environment, the school can choose to conduct a random search, without prior notice, of any area of the school premises, including but not limited to the school’s electronic systems and technological resources, as well as any item of a student’s personal belongings. The right to search and sanction is extended to any electronic resource used by students at school or school related activities. Electronic resources include, but are not limited to: iPads, student-assigned or student-owned computers, cell phones, other electronic equipment, Facebook, MySpace and blogging sites. The administration reserves the right to hold students accountable for any material posted on their devices, equipment, or sites that is contrary to the mission St. John’s Preparatory School. The administration may review social networking sites and other Internet activity at any time.

4. Filtering and 3G/4G: Any attempt to intentionally bypass the school’s filtering system is considered a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy. Use of unauthorized proxy servers to intentionally bypass school filtering will result in disciplinary action. Using the 3G or 4G capabilities of the iPad is not permitted during the school day as it can be used to bypass the school’s filtering system.

5. Academic Use: During class time, the teacher will direct iPad use and determine if and how the iPad is to be utilized. When a student's iPad is at school, we see this as an educational tool in our academic setting. Using the iPad for gaming, social interactions or viewing videos/movies is discouraged while at school.

6. Appropriate Materials: Utilizing the school network or equipment, as well as personal laptops and iPads, to create, access, download, edit, view, store, send or print materials or programs that are illegal, offensive, harassing, intimidating, discriminatory, sexually explicit or graphic, pornographic, obscene or otherwise inconsistent with the values or standards of the school is prohibited. Using, accessing, distributing or creating such resources will render a student liable for disciplinary action.

3. Where do we purchase our iPad and how much will it cost? Is there a discount for SJP through Apple for this program?

You can purchase your iPad from any reseller, including local Apple stores or the online Apple store. The base level iPad is the 16GB iPad2, which currently sells for $399. At this time, Apple does not provide any educational discount for the iPad. For all the options and prices, please see the online Apple store.

4. What iPad should we get?

The 16GB iPad2 meets the requirements for St. John’s; you can purchase any iPad that meets at least this minimum specification. There are also iPads with 32GB or 64GB of storage, but the minimum 16GB is sufficient for St. John’s. All iPads support WiFi and will be able to access the SJP wireless network everywhere on campus. Although it is not required, you can also purchase iPads that will work on 3G or 4G cellular networks for connectivity everywhere.

5. Is there anything else we need to purchase with the iPad? Do I need a case? What about insurance?

SJP recommends that you purchase a case to protect your son’s iPad from accidental damage. There are many options for cases and the final decision is up to you. However, SJP has found that the Brenthaven iPad 2 Folio case is a good option. Additionally, SJP recommends that families consider insurance coverage for accidental damage. The device is covered by most homeowners insurance policies, but the repair costs for accidental damage typically do not exceed the deductible, which makes separate coverage a good idea. If you want to pursue extra coverage, check with the retailer where you purchase your iPad or contact your family insurance broker. In addition, Apple offers AppleCare+ which extends the standard technical support and hardware warranty to 2 years and adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to handling, each subject to a $49 service fee. More information here on the Apple site.


6. When will the 1:1 iPad program begin?

A: The program will begin in September 2013. At that time, all students will be required to own an iPad for use at school.

7. Do we need Internet access at home as a requirement of this program?

No. Internet access at home is recommended, but it is not required. The iPad will have access to the Internet while on campus, and it will also be able to connect to the Internet through free WiFi hotspots like those provided at public libraries and other places.

8. Now that we’ve purchased the iPad, what do we do next?

Students must enroll their iPad in the SJP management system. This provides SJP with the ability to push apps to student iPads. It also allows SJP limited visibility into the full set of apps installed on a student iPad. Finally, it gives SJP the ability to allow (and disallow) student iPads on the secure SJP wireless network. The enrollment process is straightforward. All students will be provided with a URL to access from the iPad. This URL will be provided at the start of the school year. The URL provides a secure form in which the student will enter his SJP username & password (the same that the student uses to access school email). A few simple prompts follow this sign-in process and then the device is registered.

9. Will there be help-desk support?

Yes. The SJP National Honor Society will maintain an iPad help desk on the 1st floor of the A. E. Studzinski Library, near the Computer Science and Technology Department offices. The Technology Department will also offer a depot repair service for student iPads (just like in an Apple store) and SJP will provide short-term loaners for students with damaged iPads that go out for repair.

10. Will students be able to use digital eBooks for 2012-13 school year?

Yes. Although not all required texts are available as eBooks, if there is a digital version of any book assigned for a class, students are welcome to use the digital version instead of the print edition.

11. Will there be commensurate aid for families already receiving tuition assistance?

The Tuition Assistance Committee will consider the cost of the basic iPad (currently the iPad2) when determining need-based tuition assistance grants.

12. What do you suggest for the care & use of the iPad?

Make sure to buy a case for the iPad (see question/answer #5 for a recommended case). Don’t stuff the iPad into a backpack full of books because the excess pressure from the books may cause the glass to crack. Develop the habit of charging the iPad every night before going to bed; this way the iPad will be fully charged for a day of school and homework.

13. Do I need 3G/4G or just WiFi?

You do not need an iPad with 3G or 4G. All iPads will connect to the Internet anywhere on campus via SJP’s wireless network. WiFi-only iPads can also connect to the Internet anywhere there is a public Internet hot-spot or at home if the home has wireless. The initial purchase price for 3G and 4G iPads is higher. Further, to maintain the 3G/4G connection, there is an additional monthly charge (just like a cell phone). Finally, the St. John’s Acceptable Use Policy for iPads will include a provision that students disable their 3G/4G service while in class to prevent them from bypassing our school filters. Please see question/answer #16 for more information.

14. What happens if my son’s iPad is lost or stolen?

First, SJP recommends that you either purchase special insurance coverage for the iPad or work with your homeowner/renter insurance provider to include the iPad. This will help cover the cost of an unrecoverable iPad. Second, SJP recommends that you configure the “Find my iPad” feature when setting up the iPad. This will allow you to remotely erase the iPad and even locate it on a map. Third, SJP will provide loaner iPads to students whose iPads are missing. The information from a lost iPad can be easily transferred to a loaner or new iPad using Apple’s iCloud backup service.

15. Will we be responsible for buying apps used in class or will the school?

The school will provide a few basic required apps to all students. SJP will finalize the list of school-purchased apps in the Spring of 2013. Any additional apps are the responsibility of the student/family.

16. Will there be any training for my student on how to use the iPad?

Yes. There will be basic iPad training for students during the first few weeks of the school year. Additionally, throughout the school year St. John’s will provide opportunities for parents to learn about the iPad and to receive some basic training on the iPad.

17. Will there be any filters on iPad use at school? Will my son be able to use Facebook and games at school?

Student iPads will be filtered the same way student computers are currently filtered. Students should disable the 3G/4G connection on their iPads while they are on campus so that their only Internet access is through SJP’s filter. Use of the 3G/4G connection during class or the school day will be considered an attempt to bypass the school’s Internet filters and the student will be subject to disciplinary action. Use of the 3G/4G connection outside of school hours is acceptable. While we cannot completely restrict access to Facebook on campus it is sharply limited. Students will have access to games and any other apps they may have added to their iPads that are unrelated to school, but they will not be allowed to use them during class.

18. Can families opt-out of using the iPad program?

No. Participation in the SJP iPad program is a requirement of enrollment.

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