Technology at SJ
1:1 iPad Environment at SJ
In the fall of 2014, St Joseph High School began its 1:1 Apple iPad initiative across all grades. After several years of research, school visits, and conferences, the iPad was selected as the most accessible, resourceful, and practical technology for the college preparatory classroom.
Why iPads? The iPad:
- Supports a variety of teaching and learning styles
- Encourages student centered learning
- Enhances our commitment to the 21st century skills initiative
- Fosters inquiry based learning
- Develops critical thinking skills
- Emphasizes global awareness
- Accesses real world, real time knowledge
The iPad creates an information-rich learning environment wherein individual achievement and collaborative projects become the standard.
Each student is required to have their iPad at school every day, fully charged.
Please click here for detailed information on how to create an iTunes account.
Students are responsible for purchasing their personal device. Many students already have iPads. Others may wish to purchase more advanced models.
The base level iPad that meets the requirements is the Apple iPad 16GB WiFi.
St Joseph High recommends the Apple iPad 32G WiFi.
The minimum 16G WiFi model is workable, but has limited storage capacity for school work. Personal e-books, music, movies, etc., also demand larger storage capacity.
The mini IPad is acceptable, though the student should be comfortable with the smaller screen.
Students do not need the 3G/4G capability in school. Note: If a student's iPad, smart phone, or any computing device has 3G or 4G capability, SJHS cannot filter online activity on campus.
You can purchase your iPad from any Apple reseller (e.g., Amazon; Best Buy), or a local Apple Store, or the online Apple Store.
For 32Gb, the iPad Air is $599 and the iPad mini with retina display is $499.
At 16Gb, the iPad Air is $499, iPad 2 is $399, iPad mini with retina display is $399 and iPad mini is $299.
We are working with Apple to offer a discount purchase plan for the newer, larger 32GB Wi-Fi iPad with Retina display at a savings for families. Note: this is a more costly device.
Apple does offer a small educational discount online and in their retail stores.
Yes, there will be an online form on our website in the near future so that parents can order the iPad from St Joseph High School. It is the student’s responsibility upon receipt of the iPad to care and maintain the iPad. St Joseph High School is not responsible for the care, replacement and/or repair of the iPad under any circumstances.
St Joseph High will continue to provide textbooks, and will provide both electronic and print editions where available.
However, with e-books student backpacks will be significantly lighter. Many parents who already purchase a second copy of our textbooks to keep at home, may find the electronic copies a back-saver. Also, many of the assigned literature books are conveniently available online at reasonable or no expense.
We strongly suggest the purchase of a good case to protect the iPad from accidental damage and the 2-year AppleCare program.
The iPad is the property of the student/ family. St Joseph High School is not responsible for stolen, lost or broken iPads. Parents may want to purchase insurance or AppleCare to cover accidental damage.
Teachers are currently determining the educational apps that will be utilized in their classrooms. Teachers may require particular apps for specific academic disciplines. New educational apps are being developed constantly. Remaining current in the field is a major advantage of tech-enhanced learning.
St Joseph High School employs several safeguards to ensure the student’s safety while on the school’s network. However, the school is not responsible for a student’s use and abuse of the Internet.
Participation in the iPad program is required of every student who attends St Joseph High School.