All Perkiomen students will arrive on campus and go through the registration process, which is when they receive their Perkiomen School iPad if they do not bring one to campus. All students will be walked through the preliminary sign-in at that time. A more in-depth training session on how to use the iPad will occur for all students the next morning when they will meet with their teachers and advisors. Electronic books will be purchased at this time as well if students have not yet been able to download books.
Students are required to bring their iPad to all classes and comply with all school rules. The school will be using the iPads as teaching tools in every department. The iPad will function in so many different ways—source of information, access for educational apps, organizational tool, project creator, research and communication device, note taker, assessment tool, and even word processor if students want to use it that way. Computers are still available on campus, of course. This program allows students and faculty consistent and equal access to 21st century skills through use of the same platform and technology.
Students will use their iPad:
- to track assignments, homework and class projects
- to access the internet to research information needed for class projects
- to create on-line presentations
- to word process class papers and projects
- to run a variety of applications to enhance their learning experience in class
- to read electronic books, tests, newspapers and magazines
- Who gets an iPad?
- How will the School know how many students will need iPads?
- I already have an iPad. Will I be able to use that one?
- When will I first receive the iPad if I am not bringing one?
- Will there be any training on how to use the iPad?
- May I opt out of the iPad altogether?
- Who owns the iPad?
- What type of insurance is offered for the iPad?
- Should a student have extra insurance on the iPad?
- Will I still need a laptop/desktop computer?
- Will I have to buy a specific protective case?
- Can I install my own apps?
- If I use my own iPad, how will I get the correct apps and what will they cost?
- Will I get to keep the iPad?
- What happens if I leave Perkiomen School?
- Will all textbooks be in digital form next year?
- Textbooks will be available in an electronic version next year. What about novels that are required reading in some classes?
- How do I purchase content for the iPad?
- I understand that I will need access to an iTunes account to use with the iPad. Don't iTunes accounts require a credit card?
- Won't the iPad be a distraction in class? Will the students play games in class or go on social media instead of staying on task?
- If the iPad has to be sent off for repair, will I be at a disadvantage in class?
- Do students get to take the iPads with them during the summer?
It is the students’ responsibility upon receipt of the iPad to care and maintain the iPad. We recommend that all students who bring an iPad to school purchase AppleCare. AppleCare must be purchased within 30 days of purchasing an iPad for those purchasing it on their own. Individuals can buy a used iPad and buy AppleCare, but they must make a Genius Bar appointment at an Apple Store to have it looked over by an Apple rep in order to do so.
With school owned iPads, Perkiomen has purchased an insurance plan that covers basic iPad repair. If there is an issue, the student would need to bring the iPad to the tech department, and the school would then take care of the AppleCare coverage. Here is what is covered:
- Screen and Case damage (2 incidents per iPad, each incident after the first two a $49 fee will be charged)
- Cabling/Port/Charging failure and damage
- Battery failure
- Should an iPad be damaged beyond repair, it will be replaced for a $49 fee (2 times per coverage period)
- Water Damage is sometimes covered based on the circumstance.
That decision is up to the individual family. School owned computers have insurance for the full three-year term of the lease. However, there is no guarantee for lost or stolen devices. The Worth Ave. Group has a great plan at $39 per year per iPad for individuals to purchase that covers water damage and loss/theft. www.worthavegroup.com
No, the students will have the opportunity to personalize their iPads. There are many different types of iPad cases available. Some cases come with keyboards, but many do not. There are also separate keyboards that students can purchase, but the school will not provide cases or keyboards. Our school bookstore, Robbie’s, will have some iPads cases available for purchase.
Credit cards can be used to set up an iTunes account. Also, since iTunes cards can be bought in various amounts, an iTunes account can be created that does not have a credit card attached to it. In order to make any purchases, a student would need to first purchase and add an iTunes gift card to the account. Once the gift card amount has been used, no further purchases can be made until another gift card is added. iTunes gift cards can be purchased at Robbie’s.
Educating the students on how to use the technology responsibly and efficiently will continue to be a priority. Students will take these lessons with them to college.
Our faculty members have already faced this same issue because of laptop computers and other electronic devices. Perkiomen teachers will always continue learning new techniques that will help keep students focused on the lesson at hand.
If there is a problem with an iPad received from the school, the iPad should be returned to the Perkiomen Technology Department so that we can send it off for repair. During this time, we will supply a loaner iPad.
Students who own their own iPads will be responsible for taking the device to a local Apple Store. The school may able to provide a loaner iPad during the time that the iPad is being fixed.