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Q. Where can I learn about the iPad?
A. You can learn about the iPad directly from Apple - http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/.

Here is a New York Times article talking about iPads in education http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/education/05tablets.html?_r=1

Students (and parents too) are welcome to drop into the tech office in the Upper School if you would like to have a hands-on demo of the device.

Q. When will students first receive their iPad?
A. 
We will distribute iPads to students on August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  If you are unable to pick up your iPads during that time, you can make arrangements with Jim Manikas to pick up your iPad at another time.

We will be sending further information to parents about this before the end of the school year. 

Q. Will there be any training for students on how to use the iPad?
A. 

Yes. We will have training sessions for students throughout the year. We will also have weekly help sessions so students can just drop by with any questions or problems they might have.


Q. May students opt out of using the iPad altogether?
A. 
No. We want every student to be on an equal footing in each class as they learn to use the iPads.

Q. Will the school do any training for parents about the iPad?
A. 
Yes, we will be hosting parent education events. We will start with an introduction to the iPad for parents during the evenings of August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. We may add additional training sessions if we find there is a need.

We will be sending further information about this to parents before the end of the school year. 

Q. Can students install their own apps?
A. 

Yes. We will be preloading the iPads with some apps, but we do want students to be able to load their own as well. Students will be responsible for keeping their apps (and all data) synced to a computer at home. We will help with this if needed and even supply a computer to sync to at school if there isn't one available at home.


Q. Can I, as a parent, control what apps my child installs?
A. 
Yes, there is a way to set up parental control for loading apps and making any changes to the iPad. This will be discussed during the parent education events. We will also have resources online that will help you set this up, and any of the technology personnel at Webb will be more than willing to help you with this.

Q. Will students get to keep their iPads over the summer?
A. 

Yes. However, we may want to update software and perform other maintenance and may ask that iPads be turned in to the technology department for a short time.


Q. My student already has an iPad. Will s/he be able to use that one?
A. 

Yes. If you already have an iPad, you can use it in place of purchasing one through the school’s program. However, we may require that personal iPads be turned into Webb to be configured to work with our system. We will have more information on this later.


Q. 

Will the Internet be filtered on the student iPads?

A. While on campus, the student iPads will be filtered exactly like our current computers are. Remember that no Internet filtering is 100% effective. The filtering software will, at times, filter sites that it shouldn't and fail to filter sites that it should. However, for the most part, it does help cut down on students browsing inappropriate Internet sites.

One thing to keep in mind is that while the iPads are on campus, they will be filtered. However, when they leave campus and our control, they will no longer be filtered. We are looking into options to continue filtering the student devices while they are off-campus as well. There is a company that is working on this option and will cause the iPads to go through an Internet filter wherever they happen to be. This would work for any mobile device and for any computer, even if the student was using cell service. While this service has been announced, we don't know when this functionality will be available. If we decide to offer this service, we do know that there would be an additional charge of about $20.00 per device per year. This would be an optional service that a parent could choose to implement but would never be required.

Q. What happens if an iPad gets broken, lost or stolen? (iPad Insurance)
A. 
If an iPad is broken, lost, or stolen, the family will be billed for the repair or replacement of the iPad. Applecare maintenance will cover any defects in the iPad for three-year lease term.  This coverage includes the iPad battery, but will not cover damage caused by misuse. We will be providing cases to help protect the iPad. There is also the option of purchasing insurance for the iPad if you wish. The insurance will cover damaged, lost, or stolen iPads.  Here are links to two insurance companies that cover the iPads.  Both these companies offer up to three years of coverage and have both received good reviews regarding their service:

Worth Ave Group
SmartWare Insurance

You should also make sure to check with your homeowners, renters, and/or car insurance to see if loss or damage to an iPad would or could be covered. 

If you are interested in this coverage, please send an email to Jim Manikas and ask for a copy of the insurance coverage application for each company. 

Q. 

Am I required to have Internet access at home for the iPad program?

A. 

Webb isn't going to require that every parent have Internet access at their home. However, if you do have wireless Internet it will make life a little easier. For example, wireless Internet access will allow students to do research at home as well as be able to email back and forth with their teachers. The iPad that Webb is going to provide to students won't have 3G service (cell service) and they won't require any monthly access fee to use. However, they will have to have access to some sort of Wi-Fi service to connect to the Internet. If students don't have Wi-Fi access at home, they will still be able to get on the Internet at school and at many businesses like Starbucks, Panera Bread Company, or McDonalds restaurants. Also, many public buildings like libraries have free wireless access available.

 

If you have any sort of Internet access at your home but you don't have wireless, it is actually very easy to add. Feel free to contact Jim Manikas if you need some help on how to set this up.


Q. Will my student still need a laptop computer even if s/he has an iPad?
A. While the iPad was never intended as a complete computer replacement, the iPad should be able to handle the vast majority of a student's needs. The one thing that will be strongly suggested is a computer to use to Sync the iPad. Syncing the iPad simply means you connect the iPad to a computer and the contents of the ipad is backed up to that computer. The syncing process usually takes about 2 to 3 minutes on average. The most efficient situation will be having a computer at home to use to sync the iPad.  If there is no home computer available, we will do our best to supply a computer at school that the student can use to sync their iPad. Syncing or not syncing will not affect how the iPad is used. It just provides a backup for everything that is saved on the ipad in the event that something should happen to it.

Q. Will all textbooks be available electronically next year?
A. 

Unfortunately no. Not all textbooks are currently available and likely won't be available to 100% of our classes for two to three years.  We are in the process of evaluating our current textbooks and will transition to electronic versions were we are able.  In many instances, while there may not be an electronic version available for purchase, there will be an electronic version as a supplement to existing textbooks.  This is not an ideal situation but will allow a student to leave their paper textbook at home and install an electronic version of the text on their iPad. We will continue to transition to fully interactive electronic textbooks in a thoughtful manner to make sure our students are using the best learning resources available and not simply transitioning to any e-textbook just because it's available.


Q. 

I understand that many textbooks may not be available in an electronic version next year. What about novels that are required reading in some classes?

A. 

Most novels that will be used in class are available electronically and every student will have the option of using the electronic version of those novels. More than likely, the way that this will work is during the beginning of school, the bookstore will provide information on how to go about purchasing those electronic books for your students and their iPads. It will involve purchasing the ebook from one of the major book dealers like Amazon, Borders, or Barnes & Noble and downloading the book to the iPad. The technology people at Webb are able to help you with this if needed.


Q. If I use my own iPad, how will I get the correct apps and what will it cost?
A. 

All the apps that we are recommending will be pre-installed on the iPads that Webb will provide.  If you purchase your own iPad, Webb can purchase the apps at a discount and pass that discount on to you. As we don't yet have the exact list of apps, we are not sure of the cost. However, we estimate the cost will likely be around $50.00 for the first year.  (please remember that this is just a best guess at this time)

 

The tech people at Webb stand ready to help you with getting Apps installed on your personal iPads if needed.


Q. What will be my cost for the iPad program and will I be able to pay over time?
A. 
We will be providing the current 16 gb, Wi-Fi only model of iPad 2, maintenance coverage for three years, a case, and specific apps on the iPad. The three-year lease cost will be $690.00.  This lease amount will include the iPad, three years of AppleCare maintenance, lease interest, and state sales tax at $230.00 per year for three years.  You will have the choice of paying $230.00 in one lump sum or 10 equal installments of $23.00 each year (payments to start july 2011).  The case and Apps will not be included in the lease and will be paid up front. The case will cost $17.50 and the Apps will likely cost around $50.00 for the first year.

At the end of the lease, you will own the iPad outright.

Q. Will next year's juniors and seniors have the option of a one or two year lease option? What happens of I just leave Webb for another school?
A. 
If a student leaves Webb School before the completion of your three-year lease, whether they graduate or just transfer to a different school, s/he will have two options. You can decide to simply return the iPad to Webb School and you would only be responsible for paying for the remainder of that year's lease payments. You also have the option of purchasing the ipad for whatever remains on the lease.  

For example, if you are a senior next year, and the total cost of the iPad is $689.00. You could either pay a total of $229.67 for the year and return the iPad when you graduate or choose to pay an additional $459.34 when you graduate and keep the iPad. 

Q. Will I be able to purchase an additional iPad or a different model of iPad through Webb to take advantage of any offered discounts?
A. 
Unfortunately, the answer is no.  We will not be able to offer different models of iPads or additional iPads through the three-year lease.

Q. If I use my personal iPad, will Webb handle the repair and tech support just like they would if we purchased through the program?
A. 

Yes and no. Webb's technology people will always help any student with problems related to our set-up, accessing school resources, or general use issues, regardless of who purchased the iPad. However, as we did not purchase maintenance contracts for your personal equipment, we can't send off your iPad for warranty repair. That will be something that you will have to handle yourself. As always, you can contact the technology department if you need advice on how to go about getting your personal iPad repaired.


Q. If my student's iPad has to be sent off for repair, will s/he be at a disadvantage in class?
A. 
If there is a problem with an iPad purchased through the program, the iPad should be returned to Webb so that we can send it off for repair. The turn-around time for repairs is usually 3 to 5 days. During this time, we will supply a loaner iPad so that there is no disadvantage to the student.  While Webb will not have an unlimited supply of loaner iPads, we will do our best to see that one is available.  As long as the iPad has been synced to a home or school computer, the loaner iPad can be set up exactly like the original with no loss of data and the student can continue using the iPad as before.

Q. Will I need to create a new iTunes account for my child to use with the iPad?
A. While an iTunes account will be required with the iPad, it does not have to be new. Any existing iTunes account can be configured on the iPad. It is even possible to have more than one iPad all attached to the same iTunes account and still be able to have different configurations on each iPad.

Q. Do I need to create a MobileMe account to use with the iPad? 
A. No. There are certainly some advantages to having a MobileMe account when sharing data between an iPad and a computer, however it is by no means necessary or required. All the necessary services that we will use at Webb School, like calendaring and email, will be provided for by using the student's Google Apps account.

Q. 

I understand that students will need access to an iTunes account to use with the iPad. Don't iTunes accounts require a credit card? How will I keep my student from charging iTunes purchases without my permission?

A. There are actually a few ways to deal with this issue. First, it is entirely possible to set up an iTunes account that does not have a credit card attached to it. In order to make any purchases, you would need to first purchase and add an iTunes gift card to the account. Once the gift card amount has been used, no further purchases can be made until another gift card is added.

Another way to control this is to attach the iPad to a parent's iTunes account and not give the student the password. When purchasing from iTunes, a password is almost always required. If the student does not have the password, they will need your input to make a purchase.

In addition, there are ways to set up parental controls on the iPad if you wish. A parent can set up the iPad to require a special password to make any changes to the configuration of the iPad, including making an app or music purchase without affecting the use of the iPad in any way.

Q. Won't the iPad be a distraction to the students in Class? Students playing games in class instead of staying on task?
A. This is certainly something that could happen but it is something that our teachers have already learned how to deal with. We face this same issue every day when using our existing computers, and teachers have learned how to keep students on task. Teachers can use the same or very similar techniques to continue to keep students on task when they have their own iPads.  

Q. Will Webb be waiting to purchase the iPad 2 for this program rather than the current version of the iPad?
A. 
Because of the early release of the iPad 2 and Apple's willingness help us with the new orders, we are pleased to announce that we will be supplying the new iPad 2 through the three-year lease program.

Q. Will Webb be hiring additional staff to support the iPad program?
A. 

One of the reasons that we have decided to implement a 1:1 program using iPads is just how easy they are to support. Not only do we have six full-time technology support personnel on campus, every classroom teacher will be able to deal with the vast majority of problems that might arise with the iPads on their own. We have talked with other schools that have implemented 1:1 iPad programs and done our own research and we feel confident that we can adequately support the iPad program with existing staff. However, after starting the program, we find that we have underestimated our need, we always have the option of adding to our staff at any time.