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1:1 Program Frequently Asked Questions for the GRADUATING CLASSES 2021, and 2022 

What kind of iPad is acceptable?

Graduating Class of 2021

  • 32 GB iPad (iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4) with a protective case that protects the back and the corners of the device.  
  • Only iPads are acceptable.  Other tablet-style computing devices do not meet our system and program requirements.

 Graduating Class of 2022

  • 32 GB iPad (iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad 9.7 inch, iPad Mini 4) with a protective case that protects the back and the corners of the device.  
  • Only iPads are acceptable.  Other tablet-style computing devices do not meet our system and program requirements.

Will a 16GB iPad be allowed?

No. Although the 16GB iPad is sold as a “16GB” device, if you read the fine print, it states “1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.” Due to the space required for the operating system and the installed apps (which cannot be deleted), the usable space on a 16GB iPad is about 12 GB. The average size of an iBook TEXTBOOK is between 1-2GB (other books in iBooks, such as novels are not nearly that large). Although a definitive list of required apps has not been finalized, it is safe to say that the required apps will probably be a minimum of 3 GB. Additionally, the device will typically require about 2 GB for periodic app and software updates. Assuming the student will have at least one digital textbook, those factors alone, diminish the usable space on a “16GB” iPad to about 5-6 GB. 

The space remaining for students to create, store, upload, and download their homework, projects, and presentations for one school year simply is not sufficient.    

Is a 64GB or a 128 GB iPad Acceptable?

Yes. 32GB is just the minimum requirement.

What is the Meraki Moblie Device Management Profile?

Creighton Prep does not provide access to an open network on campus.  Rather, access to our network is restricted to maintain a secure network and properly supervised school environment.  Generally, this access is granted to individuals affiliated with the school who would like use our network services for school related purposes.  In order to access Creighton Prep’s network, students must install the Meraki Mobile Device Management Profile (Meraki Profile) on their device.  A student’s device must be named using only the student’s ID number. 

 The Meraki Profile does not collect or provide direct access to personally identifiable user information such as credit card information, internet browser history, usernames and passwords, files, documents, photos, videos, text messages, or emails. Meraki does not have the capability to remotely view an iPad screen.

The Meraki Profile collects information about the device on which it is installed, including an estimated location, network connection status, installed software and hardware utilization. Direct access to this information is restricted to Creighton Prep IT Staff and Creighton Prep Administration.  Creighton Prep uses the Meraki Profile to assist users with support issues, to monitor acceptable use of our system, to report on network utilization for capacity planning, and to protect our network from security threats or abuse.

Why does my son need his own Apple ID?

Personal and academic content is tied to an Apple ID (messaging, contacts, calendars, apps, textbooks, etc.).  Parents can still monitor and manage a student’s App Store activity using Family Sharing. Click here for a parent’s guide to a student’s Apple ID.

What if I forget my iPad at home?

Students who do not have their iPad at school may obtain a loaner for the day. A limited number of iPads are available in the library under the following terms:

  • There is no charge for the first rental in a semester, and a $5.00 cash fee for subsequent rentals.
  • Students will earn 3 demerits for responsibility when class time is required to rent the iPad. The librarian will give these demerits, not the teacher. Students who plan ahead and obtain the iPad outside of class time will not earn 3 demerits.
  • During class time, students must have a green hall pass from their classroom teacher to present to the librarian. The student should return to class, normally within 10 minutes, with the time marked on the pass.
  • Students are considered tardy to class if they arrive late to class without a pass when renting an iPad.
  • Students will earn 2 demerits for responsibility if the rental iPad is not returned to the library before 3:00 p.m. on the same day.
  • Students will be able to use their Apple ID on the rental iPad to access their purchased apps, books and all backed up information.
  • Students are responsible for lost or damaged rental iPads.

Are families responsible for buying the iPad?

Prep will not be issuing iPads to students in the graduating classes of 2020, 2021 or 2022. Just as for textbooks, families will be expected to purchase an iPad for each student they have enrolled in school. iPads are available online, at Apple Stores and other resellers such as Nebraska Furniture Mart, Target or Best Buy. Good deals are available to the careful shopper. Searching the Internet is a good place to start. There is a robust online market (eBay, Amazon, etc.) where you can purchase used devices for less than retail.

Apple's "Families" website

Apple has collected many of their resources in one spot to help parents make informed decisions with regard to how their children use their devices.  Their goal is to provide "Tools that let parents know, and feel good about, what kids are doing.  You know your kids better than anyone. That’s why we’ve put a lot of thought into helping parents choose what their kids can do with their devices."  You can access the Families website HERE.

What is Family Sharing?

Up to six people in your family can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card. Approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. Click HERE for more information about Family Sharing. 

Using Restrictions or Parental Controls

You can use Restrictions, also known as parental controls, to block or limit specific apps and features on your iPad.  Click here to learn more about Restrictions.

Is a data plan required?

No. Creighton Prep's campus is wifi-ready, so students do not need a data plan.

What about textbooks on the iPad?

Creighton Prep selects its textbooks and course materials based on what best supports the curriculum. We are committed to adopting electronic textbooks when available and appropriate. Students will continue to use both electronic and printed textbooks.

Why do students need a mobile device in a classroom?

Creighton Preparatory School is dedicated to helping form young men who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. To accomplish these goals, Internet-ready mobile devices such as the iPad offers our students: 

  • Access via our wireless network to the Internet – an invention so profound that we are entering a new age of learning;
  • Access to mobile computing power for engaging in the type of high-quality, data-intensive work our society demands;
  • Access to social media so that students are creators of, and not just consumers of, the intellectual conversations of our age;
  • Access to local storage of online books, databases, textbooks and multimedia files so they can carry their studies with them in a variety of engaging formats; and
  • A personalized computing device that ensures equitable access as well as options for personal customization, integration and responsibility.

Why does the mobile device need to be an Apple iPad?

At this point, the Apple iPad seems to be the best device currently available for the type of teaching and learning in which our students will be engaged. The long battery life, instant on, flat profile, touch screen and the robust app developer community makes the iPad the current leader for educational use.

  • The long battery life means that students can make it through an entire school day without recharging.
  • The iPad’s instant on/instant off capability preserves class-time for meaningful learning activities; learning isn’t put on hold while a traditional laptop boots up or shuts down.
  • The iPad allows for easy face-to-face interaction, avoiding the barrier between students and teachers that occurs with a traditional laptop lid.
  • Drawing on the iPad’s screen is useful in a variety of disciplines.
  • Handwriting on the iPad’s screen is useful for quick note-taking in all classes.
  • Pen-based annotation of documents and books is quick and easy.
  • The broad developer base provides numerous discipline-specific apps. 
  • With hundreds of thousands of devices in schools across the country, there is a large community of similar schools that use iPads with which we may collaborate, including many other Jesuit high schools.

What happens when something better than the Apple iPad comes out?

Technology is developing at a rapid pace. We are committed to utilizing the best technologies and educational practices as they become available. Something better than the iPad will eventually come out. When it does, we will evaluate available technologies and re-evaluate our policy. The iPad is designed to supplement computer technology and is merely a tool to be used for teaching and learning. Enhancing student learning must always come before any particular educational tool, whether it is a ruler, a calculator, a textbook or an iPad.

How will the iPad be used in class?

The short answer is that teachers will use the iPad as a tool to enrich student learning, based on 21st century teaching models. Among them will be to access information beyond the four walls of the classroom, to analyze material from a variety of sources, to communicate a student’s findings and conclusions, and to engage with other learners. Much like a calculator, pen, notebook or SmartBoard, the iPad is one tool among many that students use at Prep. It will not complete homework for students, nor will it read, analyze, digest, comprehend or make students think more critically about their studies. It is simply a tool that students will use to aid their efforts. Students and teachers are expected to use it when it is helpful and put it aside when it is not. 

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