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Digital Learning Initiative

Digital learning enhances student critical thinking and problem solving capabilities, as well as supports self-directed learning. This program will teach our students how to engage responsibly in a digital environment and strengthen their 21st century skills such as understanding the ethical use of technology, accountability, social responsibility and personal productivity. It supports creativity and innovation, communication and information skills, as well as global awareness and civic literacy. Acquiring this knowledge and developing these skills will better position our students for their future college years and beyond.

Using iPads will allow us to replace some of the textbooks with iBooks and e-books, lightening the load students must carry with them every day. Additionally, it will reduce the cost spent on textbooks, which may offset the cost of the iPad over the course of four years of high school. Students will be able to access original documents, videos and other curriculum materials at anytime from anywhere inside the school and outside, too, which facilitates anywhere–anytime learning. The iPad provides a way for students and teachers to engage in an interactive, student-centered learning environment.

All students are required to have their own iPad.

Consider purchasing your iPad from the Fenwick Apple Store to receive Apple’s Educational discount. The store can be found at www.apple.com/edu/fenwickhighschool.


General FAQ's

  • Who is required to get an iPad?

    All students must have their own iPad.

  • Can I bring a device other than an iPad into school?

    Students are required to have an iPad. Our program is tailored to using texts and applications that are most effective on iPads.

    Students may bring laptops to school, however, laptops and personal smartphones will not be allowed on the Fenwick Wi-Fi network.

  • What if we cannot affort to purchase an iPad?

    Fenwick will be offering a purchasing plan for families who receive tuition assistance and who are interested in purchasing their iPads on an installment basis over a ten-month period. A financing cost and insurance requirement will be associated with this option.

  • Which iPad should my student purchase?

    It is recommended that you purchase an iPad (6th Generation - 2018) or later with a minimum of 128 GB of memory.

    It is also recommended that your iPad have a hard case to protect it from damage.

  • What accessories come with the iPad? What additional accessories are required? What are recommended?

    All iPads come with a power adapter and a Dock Connector to a USB cable.

  • Can I share my iPad with a sibling or another?

    No, the iPads will be required throughout the school day and sharing will significantly limit the effectiveness of the program. However, books and apps may be purchased on an iTunes account that shares content across devices.

  • How do I connect my iPad to the Fenwick Wi-Fi?

    Over the summer, all freshmen will be required to attend one orientation session in which the Fenwick Technology staff will help students connect to our building's Wi-Fi, set up their Fenwick email and other appropriate apps and discuss iBook or eBook options.

  • How will the iPad be used in the classroom?

    Classroom use will vary by subject. We anticipate the iPad replacing many textbooks in the classroom, serving as a simulation platform for science classes and acting as a student's primary interface to email and web activity.

  • How will my student learn how to use the iPad?

    During the summer, while the student is setting up their iPads for the Fenwick Wi-Fi, sessions will be available for those students who need assistance in learning how to use the iPad. Webinars are available on the website.

  • How do I get the needed apps and/or iBooks' on my iPad?

    Apps are available for purchase through the App Store, which comes standard as part of the Apple environment. Students will be given a list of apps that they must load on their iPad. Fenwick will have a list of required apps per subject, which will vary in price. Many of the apps we intend to use are available at no cost, e.g. calculators.

    For information on electronic books, please see the information sent to you over the summer.

  • Will all books be electronic?

    No. However, Fenwick is working hard to move to electronic books in all areas. This rollout will take several years and is dependent on teachers, availability of e-texts, etc.

  • Will students still have or be able to use hardcover textbooks?

    Students may use hardcover books if they prefer. However, the iPad will be required for other classroom activities (e.g. simulations, web access, etc.).

  • Will my student need to purchase a calculator?

    Yes, calculators are required for math and science. Familiarity with a calculator is paramount to ACT/SAT performance and math and science testing, iPad use for ACT/SAT testing is not allowed.

  • What can I do to prevent loss/theft/damage to my iPad?

    The iPad, like their cell phone, are expensive electronic items are should not be unattended. If a student leaves their iPad in their locker, they must be sure that they and their locker partner lock the locker.

    We recommend that you download the app "Find my iPhone" and install it on the iPad. If the iPad is ever lost or stolen, this application allows messages to be sent to the device, an alarm to sound, and a map to show the location of the device.

    To prevent damage, students should be mindful of how they carry and store the device. Also, a case of the student's choice is recommended.

  • What should I do if the iPad is damaged, lost or stolen?

    If your iPad is damaged, lost or stolen be sure to follow the procedure outlined in the hand out found on the website.

  • If my iPad is in for repair or is lost, what can I do until I get a new iPad?

    Fenwick provides loaner iPads at a cost of $35 for a maximum of three weeks for students that loose, damage or have their iPad stolen. If students are in a situation where a loaner iPad should be issued, both parents and the student are to sign the loaner agreement found on the website.

  • Can I print directly from my iPad to the school printers?

    Printing to school copiers from an iPad is available. Students should check their Fenwick email for instructions on printing from their iPad.

  • What happens if my student forgets to charge their iPad?

    Maintaining the iPad and charging the iPad is the responsibility of the student. Failure to come to school with a charged iPad may result in an inability to participate in classroom activities. Consequences will vary from class to class.

  • Is there a way to charge iPads at school?

    Students should be sure their iPads are fully charged each day when they come to school. However, there are electrical plugs in the entryway and throughout the school if needed.

  • Will students be able to back up information on the network? Is their data protected?

    Students will not be able to back up their files to the Fenwick network from the iPad. There are several cloud storage apps which students may use to back up their documents, e.g. iCloud or Google Drive.


Lease to Own FAQ's

  • Who is eligible?

    The Lease to Own program is available for students who receive tuition assistance and any other student determined to be eligible by the Principal.

  • How the Program Works?

    Fenwick will lease new iPads to qualifying families for a period of one year. The Lease-To-Own Program includes insurance that will cover damage but will not cover lost or stolen iPads. If a Lease-To-Own iPad is lost or stolen, the family is responsible for replacing it.


    A parent of a child who qualifies will agree to pay to Fenwick High School 10 monthly payments of $60.00 for one year. At the end of the payment plan, Fenwick will turn over ownership of the iPad to the respective parent for a payment of $1.00. 


    If a student leaves Fenwick before the end of the lease program, the parents have the option of buying out the lease or returning the iPad to Fenwick.
    The Lease-To-Own Application can be obtained from the Technology Office or download following the link below. In order to ensure that the school can secure iPads for this program, parents must submit the Lease-To-Own Application no later than May 15th.

     

  • Who owns the iPad?

    Until the parent/guardian buy out the lease from the school, the iPad is the property of Fenwick High School.

    Lease to Own Application

Lease to Own Application


Insurance

Your iPad, like a mobile phone, is an expensive electronic item and should not be left unattended.

Be sure to purchase Insurance or be sure that it is covered on your homeowner's policy if lost or stolen. Student should NEVER leave their iPad in their locker.

It is important to note that Applecare+ is an extended warranty that covers only two instances of damage. It does not cover lost or stolen iPads.


Loaner Program

If your iPad has been lost, stolen or damaged, and is in the process of being repaired or a new iPad purchased, you can request a loaner iPad from the Technology Office. Please follow the following steps:

Obtain a Loaner iPad Application form from the Technology Office or from the link below.

Fill out all the requested information. Both the student and a parent/guardian must sign the form.

Bring the completed form to the Technology Office along with $35 (check made payable to Fenwick High School) for the use of a loaner iPad for a maximum of three weeks.

When you receive your new or repaired iPad, return the loaner iPad to the Technology Office as soon as possible.

Loaner iPad Application

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