Technology-Enhanced Learning and 2:1 Apple Program
As the oldest school in Tampa Bay, the Academy seeks to lead the way in progressive education, as was the goal of its founding sisters in 1881. Creating a 21st century education system requires broad and intensive use of technology—and a strong technology infrastructure. For all students to acquire 21st century skills, the education system must create learning environments—both for students and for educators—that mirror those of high-performance, knowledge-driven organizations. In order for our students to excel at the college level in beyond, we must provide them with the technology tools and support they need to succeed.
With the inception of the 1:1 iPad program in 2012, instruction became student-learning driven, fostering a community in which students and teachers learn together. Today, students in pre-K and kindergarten have an iPad center and SMART Tables in the classroom, students in grades 1-4 have a classroom set of iPads, and students in grades 5-12 each have an iPad and MacBook Air. All faculty members also use an iPad and MacBook Air. Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board, Apple TV and iPad document camera stand, providing for complete mobility and wireless capability.
President Raimo and the AHN Board of Trustees have shown a deep commitment to 21st century learning by also providing the school with two instructional technology specialists whose sole job is to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. Professional development often focuses on effective use of technology in the classroom, including professional learning communities that meet biweekly for the purpose of assessing and adjusting to what and how students are learning.
The Academy is committed to educating students who are effective communicators and collaborators; globally aware, independent, confident and responsible learners and citizens; critical and creative thinkers, innovators and problem solvers. For this reason, the Academy believes a laptop paired with an iPad will ensure that each student has the necessary digital tools to aid education and growth in a world where computer literacy is no longer optional. At the Academy, technology is integrated seamlessly into the learning experience. Students use e-books to lighten their backpack and allow for modern note taking and annotation. Through our wireless network and cloud storage, students are able to curate information, collaborate, and connect with other learners.
2:1 Program FAQ
- What is a 2:1 program?
- Where does my child get a MacBook and iPad to participate in the 2:1 program?
- How much does the MacBook Air cost?
- My child already has a MacBook. Can he/she just use that next year?
- What if my child leaves the Academy before the MacBook is paid off?
- What iPad devices are recommended?
- How do I set up my iPad device for school use?
- What if my iPad breaks?
- How will the devices be used in school?
- How will the Academy monitor students' internet access?
- Will the school use digital textbooks?
The MacBook and protective case is purchased through the school and added to the tuition bill. The MacBook must remain in the included case at all times.
iPad devices must be purchased for your child through the vendor of your choice prior to being issued the MacBook. It is highly recommended that you purchase and use a protective case for the iPad at all times to prevent breakage.
A list of recommended iPad devices is provided below.
The cost of the MacBook, subsidized by the Academy, is approximately $425. The device is insured for each year the student is enrolled in the school, for a maximum of four years. Insurance covers all necessary basic repairs, which the school will handle. The device is enrolled in Casper, a device management program, which enables the school to ensure appropriate use on campus and provide all school-purchased apps. The price of the computer is prorated up to four years, depending on the age of the student, which is added to your tuition bill each year (i.e $425 for a rising senior, $106.25/four years for a rising 9th-grader).
- New purchase recommendation: iPad mini 2 or newer, 16GB
- iPad Air devices will be supported but based on estimated repair costs, may not be the best choice.
- Based on iOS updates and our inability to support the device in the future, the following will be supported for 2016-2017 school year only:
- Students may continue to use iPad devices in good working order issued prior to 2014 through the school.
- iPad 2, 3 or 4
The Academy requires these devices to be enrolled in our Casper management system to ensure appropriate use on campus. This requires that all devices be configured from the original factory settings. If bringing in an existing device, it must be completely reset, which will erase and delete all settings, apps and any saved files. New devices should be brought in to be configured by the school prior to set up.
Students are expected to have iPad devices in good working order for class each day. Devices not performing optimally need to be assessed by the IT department.
If the iPad is found to need physical repair, the Academy offers discounted prices through a contracted vendor on repairs to any iPad enrolled in our system. If a parents chooses to have the iPad repaired through the contracted vendor, a loaner iPad may be available for a student to use during the length of time it takes for repair. Repairs may be made through independently secured vendors; however, loaner devices will not be made available.
If the device is unrepairable, another fully functioning device must be secured according to the recommended guidelines above.
- Educational learning tool - The device will allow students to view their textbooks, take notes, complete assignments and written work, and create presentations and other materials on the devices.
- Collaborative tool - The device will enable students to work with peers and/or teachers in a variety of ways and to share knowledge and information, both during school and afterwards.
- Instant access - Students access digital materials provided by teachers and other sources whenever they are using their device. The school's robust Wi-Fi network enables access to information any where, any time on campus.
The MacBook and iPad device must be enrolled in Casper, a device management system for all students. While students are on campus, all devices are required to access the school’s Wi-Fi network, which has built-in safeguards and restrictions. The Academy's Acceptable Use Policy is updated regularly for the 2:1 initiative. Monitoring student internet activity is the responsibility of the student's family while off campus.