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What does the $175 annual fee cover?

  • iPad (6th/7th generation) 9.7/10.2" 128GB
  • Four-year insurance for any potential damage to the iPad
  • Logitech case and keyboard
  • Logitech stylus similar to the Apple Pencil
  • Device management software (JAMFSchool)

What does the insurance cover for the iPad?

The insurance covers only the iPad, and a $50 deductible would be charged to the student's tuition account.  The policy covers:
Accidental Damage - Drops, Spills, Cracked Screens and Liquid Submersion
Standard Perils - Fire, Flood, Natural Disasters, Power Surge due to Lightning and Vandalism

Can my son use his older brother's iPad?

Starting with the class of 2023, only Prep owned and managed iPads are acceptable.

How can I monitor my son's iPad at home?

  • Parents may request to have the "school day" restriction profile applied to their son's iPad on a 24/7 basis.
  • We will take requests to add the profile during the first week of each semester, and it will remain on the student's iPad until the end of the semester at the very least.
  • Click HERE to request the additional profile for your son's iPad.
  • You may consider using a web filter at home, because the profile does not filter web browser activity.  Products like OpenDNS and Securly are just a few of the products available for your home.

Does my son need his own Apple ID?

Yes, your son needs 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 forgot 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 will be charged 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 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.

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. 

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 the 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 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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