Is St. Dominic requiring all students to have an iPad for the 2013 -2014 school year?
Yes. All students will be required to purchase an iPad for 2013-2014 school year. It is highly recommended that students obtain their iPad during the 2012-13 school year in order to become accustomed to the device.
Why is St. Dominic waiting a year to require all students to purchase an iPad?
St. Dominic is using the upcoming school year as a transition year. During this year, our teachers will be receiving training including working with a Certified Apple instructor before fully launching the program school-wide. This transitional year allows St. Dominic time to ensure that our school network and bandwidth are up to the standards needed to fully implement this program. This year allows us time to research educational Apps, and investigate the textbook/iBook market.
Which iPad should I buy?
Based on research, St. Dominic recommends at minimum the 16 GB iPad 2 or newer version of the iPad. The iPad 1 does not meet these standards. Since the iPads will be using our wi-fi network, no data package is needed for the student's iPads. Regarding the new iPad Mini, we recommend "test driving" this before purchasing due to the size.
Is there any accessory we should purchase with the iPad?
Yes. St. Dominic recommends students have a cover/case to protect their device from damage (any brand cover/case is acceptable).
Will St. Dominic provide financial aid for the purchase of an iPad?
No. St. Dominic is very committed to helping parents and students, but all available funding must still go towards financial aid and scholarships for school tuition.
May students opt out of buying an iPad?
No. While St. Dominic recognizes other electronic devices or tablets exist the decision was made to go exclusively with the iPad. Starting in August 2013, all students will be required to have their own iPad.
Will St. Dominic be selling iPads?
No. Given the widespread availability of iPads by different retailers, St. Dominic wants parents to make the purchase from a company or store of their choice. To have the iPads belong to the school creates several problems, including additional staff and additional backup tablets for students to borrow.
Will all textbooks be replaced next year?
We cannot conceivably replace all textbooks in one year. We are working on a multi-year transition with our textbooks.
What happens if a student breaks his or her iPad? What if it goes missing or stolen?
Similar to cell phones, the iPad is the property of the family that purchased it. It will be up to the student to properly care for, protect and secure one's iPad at all times. Parents should strongly consider purchasing an extended care or insurance replacement program available from Apple at the time of purchase. (Please know that replacement programs cover damage or malfunctions, not lost or stolen iPads).