These are questions commonly asked of us about our Bring Your Own iPad (BYOi) program.
Why do students need a mobile computing device of their own?
This device meets a number of specific curricular needs that the school has identified for its students in the 21st century. In particular, the iPad offers students
- Access via our wireless network to the Internet – an invention so unique and profound it seems inadequate to call it merely the greatest library in history;
- Access to mobile computing power for engaging in the type of high-quality, data-intensive work our society now expects;
- Access to social media so that students are a part of, and not just consumers of, the intellectual conversations of the age;
- Access to local storage for online books, databases, textbooks, personal notebooks, audio & video files so they can carry their studies with them in a variety of engaging formats; and
- A personalized computing device that ensures ubiquitous and equitable access as well as options for personal customization, integration, and responsibility
Why does the device need to be an Apple iPad? Why not a "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) program?
Currently, many of our teachers have developed learning activities, or have purchased peripherals that leverage the iPad; we are not currently set up to integrate just any mobile computing device into classes. Our instructional materials are built on the iOS platform, from textbooks available only as Apple iBooks, to Science department probes.
What if we already own an iPad? Can students bring their own iPad from home?
Our only requirement for an iPad is that it supports iOS 10.
It is our very strong recommendation that students should have either:
- iPad Mini 3 (or newer)
- iPad Air 2 (or newer)
- iPad Pro (9.7 inch model)
We have found the iPad Pro 12.9” model to be more prone to damage than the smaller model, so we recommend a more robust case for this model.
For more on this, see the main BYOi webpage.
What if we cannot afford an iPad?
Families currently on Financial Aid, or those who need financial assistance with buying an iPad for their student should contact Ms Reese Bayze.
Do students buy the apps for the iPad, or are they provided by the school?
Students will buy all of their own necessary apps directly from Apple's App Store with their own AppleID. This allows students to be the sole owner of the app, and use it on any of their present or future iOS devices. The school will have discount codes in the Bookstore, which is located in the Student Center, for some specialty apps required for particular classes. Teachers will inform students if their required app is available at a reduced rate by way of the Bookstore.
What happens if my child downloads too many expensive apps without my permission — apps unrelated to schoolwork? Will I get a refund for those apps?
All of Apple’s app sales are final, so it is essential that you discuss this with your child. If your child currently is downloading songs or videos from iTunes, most likely you already have had this discussion.
How will the school handle the theft of an iPad?
As with any theft on campus, we take the theft of an iPad very seriously, as it is not only a legal offense, but a moral one. First, it is every student and faculty member's responsibility to take care of their property, so as to neither lose it, nor tempt others to steal. Second, to facilitate the location of a lost or stolen iPad, all students should enable the Find My iPad feature. Third, if an iPad is stolen, a Theft Report should be filled-out in the Dean's Office as soon as possible. Please remember that, like any personal property brought to campus, the school is not responsible for a student's iPad.
What about accessories or cases?
Every iPad should be protected by a substantial case at all times. Students can buy any case that does not have an integrated keyboard, but we have a few recommendations. Unfortunately, even the most robust case cannot protect an iPad from carelessness.
What about insurance for the iPad?
Every iPad should be insured against loss and accidental damage. Families have a number of options in regards to insuring their iPad, which we've discussed on the main Bring Your Own iPad page.
What if my son or daughter forgets their iPad at home, or if it's being repaired, will there be loaners?
Yes, students will be able to borrow a loaner iPad from the school. Once they sign into iCloud and Google Drive, they'll have access to all of their regular apps and files in a matter of minutes. Students assume financial responsibility for the School's iPad while it is loaned to them.
What if a student forgets their charger at home and needs to recharge their iPad during the school day?
One of the minor advantages of everyone using an iPad is that chargers are easy to borrow from friends, and easy for the school to stock loaners. Students can borrow a charger for the day from the Library.
Will students be able to print at school, or will we have to buy a wireless printer for home?
Students can print wirelessly from their iPad in a number of places across campus; they do not need a wireless printer at home.
Aren’t kids already overexposed to technology and social media?
We are aware of the dangers associated with overexposure to technology and social media. Our job is to make sure that students know those dangers, too, and become smart users of their smart phones and computing devices. Your child's teachers will help in that endeavor as they have been trained to use the right tool at the right time. Sometimes it makes sense to put pen to paper or turn the pages of book, whether those are paper pages or electronic pages. Sometimes it's important just to listen or to lead in a group discussion. And sometimes it's essential to use an iPad to find the best answers, synthesize mountains of information and create something dynamic. We also want to create a level playing field, without digital haves and have-nots. The new program will ensure that every student has the necessary digital tools to aid his or her education and growth.
What kinds of activities or content are prohibited in the classroom?
The general rule is that students should use the iPad in class for the appropriate activity and nothing else. 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 what to spend their time on. Just as students can get detention for being disruptive in class or listening to music instead of their teachers, they can get detention for doing something on their iPad other than what they should be doing. Misbehaving is misbehaving regardless of whether an iPad is involved.
Will students be trained on how to use their iPad?
An optional Frosh Tech Workshop will be offered during the summer for all in-coming freshmen, and transfer students. This class can be signed up for when a family is accepted to SI and registers.