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Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the goals of the iPad program?
The goals of the program are for teachers and students to continue to engage in a rigorous college preparatory program but which can expand possibilities for learning both inside and outside the classroom. Students and teachers will have greater opportunities to communicate assignments and feedback, and students will be able to collaborate and organize notes and assignments. Also, many of their textbooks will be on the device.
Should we purchase an iPad on our own?
No, MSJ will own the devices and will distribute them to the freshmen at the beginning of the school year. Students will have the devices for all four years and will be given the device to own when they graduate from the Mount.
What kind of iPad will students receive?
Each freshman will receive an iPad Air with 32 gigabytes of memory.
Will all my child’s books be on the device?
Freshmen will have a hybrid of digital textbooks and content loaded on the iPad as well as traditional textbooks.
How much will the device cost?
As part of the annual fees and payments, families will be charged an annual technology fee of $400.00. This will cover the cost of the device, maintenance, and digital content. Families will be charged a technology fee each year.
We have an iPad already. Can we use this device instead?
No, there is a device for each student and all families must pay the technology fee. The technology fee, along with purchases of traditional textbooks and digital content, amounts to the average annual book payment for families at MSJ. Additionally, we cannot be responsible for student-owned devices that are damaged or lost.
Can we use iTunes cards to load our own apps, music, or games onto the device?
The purpose of the iPad is for academic purposes only. The school will control all content loaded onto the device, and will implement all IOS updates automatically through the use of a mobile device management (MDM) system.What if the device is damaged, lost, or stolen?Because MSJ owns and controls the devices, the school will replace a damaged, lost or stolen device. Repeated incidents of damaged or lost devices may incur a fee for families to pay.