iPads at SI
Students are required to bring their own iPad charged to school every day.
Our only requirement for an iPad is that it supports iOS 13.
All current Apple iPads support iOS 13 as do most that have been produced in the past 2 years.
Storage: We recommend purchasing a device with 64 GB -128 GB of storage. Students can also store files in the cloud using Google Docs as we provide each student with a Google account. Students can store files in the cloud, so they will not need as much storage space on their iPad.
If a family needs to purchase an iPad, there are several options, which is one of the advantages of a BYOi program. Typically, families buy iPads from:
- Refurbished Section at Apple
- Best Buy
- QVC (which offers lay-away)
- If your family has any difficulties in purchasing an iPad, please contact Sister Sharon Brannen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have questions on the purchase or requirements of an iPad, please email our Director of IT, Jamie Pruden (email@example.com). If you have questions on educational apps for the iPad, please email our Dir. of Ed Tech & Innovation, Jennifer Gaspar-Santos (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We strongly recommend that families buy insurance for the iPad that extends beyond the simple manufacturer's warranty against defects. Based on our experiences from 2012–14 with 1,450 iPads, 20% of families at SI can expect their son or daughter's iPad to be lost, stolen, or, most commonly, broken.
If a family happens to be buying a new iPad directly from Apple, the AppleCare+ is an excellent option.
SquareTrade also offers a cost-effective insurance option, regardless of where you have purchased the iPad. BestBuy, like Apple, only offers its insurance, Geek Squad Protection, on devices purchased from them.
What about typing on an the iPad? Is that difficult and can we use an external keyboard?
Given that we are a one to one iPad school, it's imperative each student has an iPad, as some assignments are iPad-dependent and we want to ensure our students are always prepared for class. There are also lists of keyboard options on our website if you prefer to attach a keyboard to the iPad. Students are allowed to bring in their laptops in addition to their iPads. We have found the iPad is sufficient for meeting the needs of students and their learning. Some teachers allow students to bring in their laptops for typing instead of their iPads. This substitution is on a case by case basis---depending on the teacher. Again, there are iPad-specific apps and activities that students will need to complete on an iPad, so they are asked to be prepared with the device. This decision is also based on your child's comfort level with typing on the iPad. We also recommend students ask their teachers in the opening days of school what device they typically see in the classroom.
What if I have Questions?
Students who are Jon Sobrino Scholars as part of their Financial Assistance should contact Sr. Sharon Brannen, email@example.com about additional options. If you have questions on the requirements (specs) of an iPad, please email our Director of IT, Jamie Pruden (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions on educational iPad apps or workshop information, please email our Dir. of Ed Tech & Innovation, Jennifer Gaspar-Santos (email@example.com).