The focus of the initiative is to provide easy access to the tools and resources that well equipped 21st Century Learners need to have in their toolkits in order to effectively engage in the fast-paced, quickly evolving landscape of today's education. It provides students access to organization and productivity tools, supplemental resources specific to their classes, and textbooks in digital format. Students in the Lower school have age-appropriate learning opportunities using the School’s class sets of iPads.
The iPad is a very powerful tool for learning, and at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School it will serve to enhance the best educational practices that are already in place. During the past year students have used iPads to take a virtual tour of Ancient Rome, to conduct science labs with our sister school in Tanzania, report in real time school news in The Gauntlet, and individually recorded their own voices for constructive feedback on French and Spanish language assignments.
Students in grade five through twelve will need the fifth generation iPad (iOS 10.3) or better with a minimum 64GB of memory (however more is better). We do not recommend the iPad Mini. The 3G/4G cellular option is not required. We highly recommend you purchase a protective case, one that covers the corners of your iPad with shock resistant material. We also suggest you purchase an AppleCare Protection Plan for your device which will extend the coverage of service and telephone technical support to two years. If you would prefer to finance your purchase, Apple has a 6-month financing program. You can learn more about this program by using the following link for Apple special financing.
We also recommend that you purchase AppleCare+ Support from Apple when you purchase your iPad. When your purchase the iPad, you will receive one year of limited coverage for free, but AppleCare+ support extends the length of support to two years of coverage and provides support/repair for up to two incidents of accidental damage to the iPad with a small handling fee. This will ensure your device is covered by Apple for any hardware-related failures or damage. As an additional safeguard against damage to your iPad, we strongly recommend purchasing a sturdy case. In order to help track down iPads when they get lost or misplaced we encourage students to label their iPads with their name.
Our world-class academic program, our outstanding teachers, and our supportive community remain central to the student experience. We are proud to have incorporated this compelling enhancement to our outstanding program.