iPad Initiative

GREAT NEWS!

The Lutheran High School Association received a grant from the Lutheran Foundation to assist in creating a “One to One” learning environment at Lutheran North and Lutheran South beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.  The “One to One” Initiative is intended to provide all students with the opportunity to integrate technology into all portions of their educational experience.  Students learning in a true 21st century environment are digital learners.  A “One to One” Initiative will provide real time experiences and connections to the Internet and others within their own classes, community, and the world.

Advantages & Outcomes for Students

Students will…

  • Find and analyze current information for instant discussion and debate.
  • Interact with each other, teachers, and the online community while learning and exhibiting Christian digital citizenship through ethical communication and citing of resources.
  • Use digital books and be able to comment and annotate within the text as part of their learning.
  • Analyze and critique online sources for accuracy and relevance.
  • Receive more feedback from each other and the teacher during the writing process.
  • Collect, analyze, and display scientific, statistical, and historical data from a variety of sources.
  • Collaborate with each other, their teachers, and online experts as they do research and create presentations.
  • Investigate real world global issues and suggest solutions.
  • Improve critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Model Christian ethical behaviors in their online encounters.
  • Be able to access additional help and enrichment activities both at school and at home.
  • Improve their collaboration skills with each other and with the broader community.
  • Improve their presentation skills using a variety of media.

 

Questions & Answers about the “One to One” Initiative

As we move our school into the age of 21st Century digital learning, we will evaluate often and regularly to ensure that we meet and exceed the necessary pieces of this incredible learning environment!  Of Course, there are going to be many questions that will come up as this initiative is implemented.  A “One to One” iPad committee that included faculty, administrators, students, and parents thoughtfully went through questions and concerns related to implementing the “One to One” iPad Initiative.  The questions listed below are some key questions and thoughts that came from this group.

iPad Initiative

1. What does it mean to be a “One to One” technology school?

While Lutheran North has computer labs and wireless access to the Internet, along with many resources, a “One to One” means that each student has the same type of mobile, wireless electronic device.  There are various types of devices such as smart phones, laptop computers, or a tablet computer, such as the iPad.

2. What are the effects of a “One to One” technology?

A “One to One” learning environment offers all students and teachers continuous access to an array of software, electronic documents, presentations, Internet and digital learning resources.  It really is not as much about technology as it is about learning!  The number one reason for moving to a “One to One” initiative is to improve student learning and better prepare students to be 21st Century digital learners.  Our students live in a digital world and they learn and engage in education differently than students of the past.  Providing them with a “One to One” learning environment maximizes student engagement, improves classroom culture, and makes it easier to meet the different educational needs of each student.  “One to One” also increases the use of technology for writing, analysis, and research resulting in student-centered and collaborative classrooms.

3. Which electronic device will be chosen and why?

After careful review and consideration of many options, Lutheran High School North have chosen the newApple iPad (released in March 2012) as their electronic device.  The iPad is much more cost effective than a laptop.  The iPad is lightweight, thin, and easily adaptable for effective classroom learning.  The iPad is also the best in terms of showing textbooks on screen.

The iPad has a battery life of up to 10 hours, which makes it able to be used all day without a charge.  There are not moving parts in an iPad, so maintenance is minimal.  The iPad starts up quickly and effectively provides images, audio, and video for integrated learning and has a built-in camera and microphone for creating multi-media content.

Thousands of iPad apps are available and more are being developed every day.  A recent announcement by Aplle related to iBooks (digital textbooks) will increase the availability of digital resources for our students and teachers.  And because iPad apps must be approved by Apple, there is less risk for students compared to the Android market that has no guidelines for software development.

The iPad encourages interaction with students and peers.  It is mobile and does not limit a student or teacher to be sitting behind a monitor.  The iPad can be synced to the cloud or a home computer and printer if desired.  The iPad is widely embraced and will only grow stronger in use.  The iPad is the most effective was to integrate technology into the education of every student.

4. Will my student own the iPad?

The Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis will provide each student with the iPad as a leased agreement.  When a student graduates of if he/she leaves, the student will have the opportunity to purchase their current iPad for a prorated amount.  The iPad will be equipped with a number of apps, warranty, and insurance.

Each student will be allowed to download personal items onto their iPads.  The school does, however, have the right to confiscate the iPad or request removal of anything that is on a student’s iPad that is contrary to our mission as a school.

5. How much will the iPad cost my student and family?

Each student will be required to pay a $200 technology fee each year in attendance.  This fee covers the cost of the iPad, warranty, and a number of necessary apps downloaded to the iPad.

6. What if my student already has an iPad?

We realize that some families may have already purchased an iPad for personal use.  In order for the program to be consistent, we ask that all students receive an iPad from Lutheran North.  The $200 yearly fee provides a full package along with the iPad that can’t be received outside of the school.

7. Why can’t I purchase my own iPad?

Lutheran North has put together a complete package that includes a warranty, insurance, and apps along with the iPads.  A family would spend more to get the same required package.  To effectively and efficiently implement the program and allow the benefits for all, students are required to receive all iPads through the schools.

8. Will there be any other things that will be necessary for the use of the iPad?

Students will be required to purchase a case for their iPad prior to receiving it.  Student may be requested to purchase certain apps that apply to specific classes outside of the standard downloaded apps.  Typical app costs are minimal.

9. What happens if the iPad is damaged or broken?

If the iPad has a defect related to a screen or battery, it will be covered under warranty.  If the iPad is damaged or broken, families can file a claim and pay a deductible to replace the damaged iPad.  The school will keep an inventory or “loaner” iPads to provide to students getting their iPad repaired or replaced.

10. How will deployment of the iPads and payment of the “technology” fee work?

Lutheran High School North’s goal is to deploy iPads to students with their parents present during the summer months.  These will be required sessions that include review of iPad policies, instructions on proper use, and all other orientation.  Students will need their case/cover to receive their iPad.  The $200 technology fee may be paid at that time or be included with tuition payments.

11. What restrictions will be placed on the iPad?

Certain apps and sites will be blocked from use at school just as they are now with computers.  The iPad is intended for school use, although students will have it for use anytime and any place.  We will educate students on proper use, but it should also be monitored by parents at home.  The iPad, while leased by the student, is still the responsibility of the school.  If the iPad is being used inappropriately, school officials have the right to inspect and, if necessary, confiscate the iPad.  There will be an acceptable use policy in place that all students and parents must sign.  This policy will be in compliance with the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

12. Will students still use textbooks?

One of the main goals of this initiative is to fully integrate technology into the classroom.  While at the beginning of this initiative there will be textbooks in certain classes, the long-term goals will be to have most classroom resources downloaded and accessed via the iPad.