Technology has become a very important component of our education system. It is an undeniable fact that our technological needs are constantly changing. These needs have been assessed and specific plans have been made under the guidance of the Archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools and with the cooperation of our local Catholic High Schools.
Middle school teachers have introduced the newly purchased iPads into their instruction. Starting in August 2013, iPads will be fully implemented in middle school. Middle school students will use iBooks (if and when available), books in PDF form, and/or e-Books (online).
Two carts with 50 iPads will be available in 4th and 5th grades. An additional cart with 25 iPads will be available for use in K – 3rd grades next school year. The Computer Lab will also be upgraded during the summer and those computers will be distributed throughout the classrooms, the library and the resource room.
Sixth and seventh grade students were given Wi-Fi access on their i-Pads. You may review OLL i-Pad / Tablet Usage Policy to avoid misunderstandings and unnecessary disciplinary consequences.This is a step forward in the process of implementation of the use of i-Pads in middle school next year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Mantilla.
Technology Plan FAQ
As a result of our first Parent Survey in 2012, following the recommendations of Dr. Kim Pryzbylski, Catholic Schools Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Miami, and with the support of the OLL Consultative Board, Our Lady of the Lakes decided to embrace the challenge to implement the use of iPads in middle school in the 2013-2014 school year. Most of the different Catholic high schools in South Florida have already taken that step and some elementary Catholic schools have also seized this opportunity or are in the process of doing so. This is a step forward in the school’s implementation of the call of the Common Core State Standards for the seamless integration of technology into instruction. This issue was partly addressed in the last general meeting of the Home and School Association in February.
Our infrastructure is quite ready. Our faculty has embraced this new challenge enthusiastically. Our teachers have been preparing for this important shift by attending workshops, working collaboratively with colleagues in and outside our school community, previewing apps and online resources and by becoming familiar with the iPads, and establishing procedures.
We are aware that this educational adventure will bring with it new academic opportunities and challenges for which we may not have an immediate answer despite our efforts to be ready. However, we are moving forward with the resources currently available and count on your enthusiastic and understanding support.
The attached Frequently-Asked-Questions (FQA) intends to answer some of your questions in this area. We will keep you updated via email.
For further information, please feel free to contact us.
C. Ricardo Briz, Principal
Is there a specific iPad model students must buy?
Students are strongly recommended to purchase the most recent iPad models. They must be 32GB minimum Wi-Fi only. Mini iPads are not acceptable.
Are students allowed a “data plan” in their iPads?
What happens if a student is found to have an iPad that provides unsecured Internet access?
The iPad will be given to the principal and parents will be required to go to his office to retrieve it. Students in question will receive a disciplinary consequence (detention or suspension) at the discretion of the principal. Students are required to purchase a Wi-Fi only iPad.
Who is responsible for having the iPad fixed … if they break?
OLL is not responsible for any repairs needed. The student’s parents are financially responsible for the repair of the iPad itself. For obvious reasons, repairs must be done promptly. Therefore, the students’ parents are strongly recommended to purchase insurance for their child’s iPad.
What happens if it gets stolen or lost?
OLL is not responsible for lost or stolen iPads. It is the students’ responsibility to take care of their own iPads. Students must purchase another iPad. Students can rent an iPad from the school at $25 per day for a very short period of time. Not having their own iPad with their own documents and notes would hinder their learning and possibly affect their grades.
What happens if the iPad is left at home?
Students can rent an iPad from the school at $25 per day for a very short period of time.
Will middle school students be able to access their textbooks on their iPads?
Middle school students will have access to their textbooks on their iPads
How will internet surfing be monitored?
OLL’s firewall policy will be implemented on all iPads that are supervised by the school.
Must students get a cover for their iPads?
Does my child need Internet access at home?
Yes. For the students to work on the iPads, they must have access to the Internet.
When do I need to purchase my child’s iPad?
iPads must be purchased by August 18, 2013. Students must bring their iPads to OLL on Monday, August 19, 2013.
When will school-related material be loaded on the students’ iPads?
During the first week of school, school-related material will be loaded on the students’ iPads.
When will the students be trained on how to take notes and use their iPads to their full potential?
Teachers will train their students on how to use their iPads and access their subject area materials.
Will 8th grade students applying to Archbishop Edward McCarthy, Monsignor Pace H. S., and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy be required to buy a different iPad?
When contacted by OLL, Archbishop McCarthy, Monsignor Pace, and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy informed us that incoming students could bring their own iPads with them, that they would accept them – as long as they would meet their different requirements, adhere to their acceptable use policy, and allow the schools to manage them through their management system. Parents may contact the different Catholic high schools for additional information.
Can students in elementary and early childhood programs bring their own iPads, Nooks, Kindles and similar to school?
Yes, students are allowed to bring their own electronic devices as long as they meet school specifications and regulations. Devices with data plan are not allowed. (“Any violation of these rules may result in disciplinary action at the principal’s discretion. The school is not responsible for lost items. I-pods, Nooks, Kindles, etc. are brought to school at the student’s own risk.”) (Family Handbook, p. 39) . Students in elementary and early childhood programs will not have access to the school Wi-Fi.