For students in grade 5, Dana Hall will assign each student a school-owned iPad to be used in the classroom; family-owned iPads are not needed. For students in grades 6-12, families are responsible for purchasing iPads for their daughters, and the School will provide support to secure iPads for students who receive financial aid. The iPad is designed to be an individual device, and purchase by the end user ensures the greatest amount of flexibility and control over content. It also allows for the purchase of AppleCare+, which we highly recommend.
There is not a significant savings to be gained by having Dana Hall purchase the iPads for our students in grades 6-12. However, we will be able to offer the recommended Apple iPad model and all other products and accessories at a small discount for our families via the portal www.govconnection.com/danahall.org.
The Educational Technology Team (educational technologists, department facilitators and librarians) will select the apps that are required for all students in 2016-17. The paid apps will be purchased by Dana Hall (at a reduced rate through Apple's Volume Purchase Plan), and redemption codes will be shared with students at the beginning of the school year. In addition, each teacher may require up to $10.00 in additional apps over the course of the school year.
2016-17 CORE APPS: UPPER SCHOOL
Paid Apps, provided by Dana Hall Notability Book Creator Explain Everything
Free Apps, downloaded by students Google Drive Google Docs Google Sheets Google Slides Schoology iBooks Pages Keynote iMovie
2016-17 CORE APPS: MIDDLE SCHOOL
Paid Apps, provided by Dana Hall Book Creator Explain Everything Fun Collages Green Screen Notability Pic Collage Recordium Pro
Free Apps, downloaded by students Google Drive Google Docs Google Sheets Google Slides iBooks iMovie Keynote Kindle Pages Pearson eText for Schools Schoology Socrative Sketchbook Express
It is often unclear when Apple will announce a new model, a move which invariably causes previous models to come down in price. Delaying your purchase until late spring or summer will also extend the warranty period to cover two full school years if you choose the extended coverage option.
For the 2017-18 school year, any iPad model that is able to run the latest iOS version (currently 10.2.1) is compatible with the School's iPad program. We strongly recommend a newer generation iPad (iPad Air or newer). The iPad 2 model is no longer meeting the requirements of the program and is no longer compatible or recommended.
We highly recommend the purchase of AppleCare+ for your iPad. It extends your hardware repair coverage and technical support from one to two years from your original purchase date and adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage (with a service fee). For example, if a student drops her iPad in a puddle on the way to school, it can be fixed or replaced for a fraction of the original cost. AppleCare+ does not cover lost or stolen iPads, and we suggest the iPad be added to your home or rental insurance policy for added protection.
WiFi allows access to the Internet through wireless access points like the ones at Dana Hall and in many homes. WiFi 3G and WiFi 4G allow additional access to the Internet in places where WiFi is not available but a cellular signal from AT&T or Verizon is available (e.g., on the bus ride to and from an away game). In order to take advantage of this functionality, a carrier and a monthly data plan must be specified at the time of iPad purchase. However, unlike with a cell phone, a contract is not required and the cellular data plan can be turned on or off from month to month. WiFi meets Dana Hall 's requirements and students will not be required to have 3G or 4G access.
Students in grades 6-12 need to have a personal Apple ID. If she already uses another Apple device (iPod, iPhone, laptop and/or desktop) she may already have this. If not, you will need to set up a new Apple ID using either a credit card or an iTunes gift card. New Apple IDs can also be easily set up through the new Apple Family Sharing for families that already own other iOS devices.
While Dana Hall does not set up school-issued Apple IDs for our students, we are happy to help facilitate this process. Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance creating an Apple ID for your daughter.
No. Students who have shared Apple IDs in the past with other siblings or parents have found the process to be problematic. For example, students sometimes find their parents contacts, text messages, photos and apps populating on their iPad. They often run out of storage space on iCloud and cannot properly back up their iPad. Paid required apps and iBooks redeemed at the start of the year are connected to that shared ID. When families decide later in the year to change their daughter’s Apple ID, that content is sometimes lost and needs to be repurchased at the family's expense.
Apple’s new Family Sharing was created to help facilitate management and sharing of content within family structures. For more information on setting up Family Sharing, see the Apple guide at: https://www.apple.com/icloud/family-sharing/.
Yes. We require your daughter’s iPad to be backed up at all times. Apple provides 5GB of free storage space for backup using iCloud. We have found iCloud to be the most convenient and reliable way to consistently back up student iPads. The free 5GB of storage may be sufficient; however, you may be required to purchase more iCloud storage, particularly if the Apple ID is used on more than one device, such as the student’s iPhone.
The late summer mailing that contains class enrollment information will, as in the past, also contain information on accessing the school's online bookstore at www.classbook.com. For many classes, students will have the option of ordering either an electronic or paper textbook. For a few classes, students will be required to order an electronic text only.
Apple IDs can easily be created for children under the age of 13 using Family Sharing, although this assumes the parent or guardian also has an Apple ID and uses an iOS device regularly. If the Apple Family Sharing plan is not for you, we suggest you set up an Apple ID for your daughter in your name for use by your daughter. This may require you to set up a new email account expressly for this purpose. It is not necessary for the Apple ID on your daughter’s iPad to be “hers” as long as it is not shared with other iOS devices not for use by her. We recommend parents have full access to the Apple ID used on their daughter’s iPad in order to help her manage it; however, students need to know their Apple ID and password. Often teachers will ask the class to update an app or download a new app in class and students without the ability to do this will be at a disadvantage and may miss being an active member of class that day. Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance creating an Apple ID for your daughter.
The iPad is not a replacement for a computer. We will continue to have laptop and desktop machines available for students and faculty at school, and we expect your daughters will still benefit from access to computers at home as well.