2013: Apps for 1:1 iPad Program
“There’s an APP for that!” When school opens in August, all students will receive an iPad as part of a new 1:1 iPad program being launched for the 2013-14 academic year. Widely identified as an important educational tool with an immense capacity for learning and engaging with peers on campus and around the globe, these iPads are just the beginning of a new era of excellence in education at Justin-Siena.
The cost for each device is included in tuition to assure every student is able to participate in the program. The iPads come pre-loaded with basic educational tools, or “Apps”. We don’t want to stop there.
The Fund A Need for the 2013 Great Party will focus on enhancing this new 1:1 iPad program by enabling the purchase of additional apps and other possible ‘enhancements’ that don’t come bundled with our initial purchase. While apps can be inexpensive on an individual basis, the necessary site licenses, support, and training for a school-wide app are not generally included with the purchase price.
There are more than 1,500,000 apps in the marketplace, and that number is growing exponentially each week. We want only a few great apps that will specifically support classroom work or school-wide programs.
This year, faculty and staff members of the Ed Tech Committee have been piloting different educational apps for:
- Note taking and note organizing
- Text annotation
- Cloud storage
- Presentations tools
- and more . . .
The cost of an app for can run from $1 to $5 per iPad. In addition to the actual cost of the app, we must pay an annual licensing fee, additional training and support fee. The school-wide cost can total $500 to $5,000 or more for each app, depending on its use. Your gift to the Great Party Fund A Need will open the door to a myriad of teaching and learning possibilities that, in some ways, will fundamentally change education at Justin-Siena for the students entrusted to our care.