iPads at Strake Jesuit
A tablet program provides our students with the opportunity to develop the skills, tools, and experiences needed to succeed in high school and to better prepare them for college and beyond. Apple’s ecosystem of high quality apps, strong reputation within the education field, and the iPad’s highly functional touch screen, long battery life, and user-friendly interface most closely suit our students’ learning needs as well as our teachers’ instructional needs in the classroom.
Much like a calculator, pen, notebook, or SmartBoard, the iPad is one tool among many that students use at Jesuit. It will not complete homework for students, nor will it read, analyze, digest, comprehend or make students think more critically about their studies. It is simply a tool that students will use to aid his efforts. Students and teachers are expected to use it when it is helpful, and put it aside when it is not. Students are accountable for staying in compliance with Jesuit’s Acceptable Use Policy for all iPad activities.
The iPad is not meant to be a replacement for a computer. Its touchscreen, app ecosystem, interactive textbooks, and built-in multi-media capabilities offer students a completely different learning experience. There are some computing activities, particularly those involving extensive processing power, where a computer is necessary. The school continues to make desktop computers available to students in computer labs when supervised and in the Library.