Technology Vision Statement

The Academy of the Holy Names recognizes that technology is vital to prepare students for lifelong learning and workforce readiness. We will:

  • Integrate curriculum and technology to inspire a collaborative learning community.
  • Identify and utilize existing, emerging and cost-effective technologies that enhance learning.
  • Promote the safe and ethical use of technology.
  • Ensure equitable access to technology.
  • Empower teachers by providing professional development and technologies necessary to deliver the curriculum, to communicate and to access, manage and evaluate student-related information.

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?

Students in grades 5-12 participate in the 2:1 program. A 2:1 program provides students and faculty the ability to enhance the educational experience through the use of two technology devices each, an iPad and a MacBook.

Where does my child get a MacBook and iPad to participate in the 2:1 program?

Both the MacBook and iPad are purchased through the Academy and added to the tuition bill. A protective case fro the MacBook is purchased through the school, however students must purchase an iPad case from a list provided by the school. The iPad case list is forthcoming. Both devices must remain in the case at all times.

The Academy will distribute both devices prior to the start of school; additional information is forthcoming.

How much does the MacBook Air and iPad cost?

Grades 5 and 9-12

The package cost for high school students is $1,300, which includes:
  • an iPad 2017
  • a 13" MacBook Air + case
  • MacBook insurance
  • relevant apps and software on each device
The total cost of the devices will be prorated each year you are at the Academy and billed according to your selected tuition payment plan (i.e. freshmen will pay $325/year, sophomores will pay $433/year, etc.).

Students must purchase an iPad case from the required list that will be provided this summer.

Grades 6-7

The package cost for middle school students is $1,200, which includes:
  • an iPad 2017
  • a 11" MacBook Air + case
  • MacBook insurance
  • relevant apps and software on each device

Grade 8

Students entering 8th grade will receive a MacBook Air and iPad on loan from the Academy.

The total cost of the devices will be prorated each year you are at the Academy, up to four years, and billed according to your selected tuition payment plan.

Students must purchase an iPad case from the required list that will be provided this summer.

My child already has a MacBook and/or iPad. Can he/she just use that next year?

No, all MacBook computers must be purchased through the Academy.

Because AHN uses Apple’s proprietary system to monitor devices and deploy Apps and books to students, all devices must be provided by the school. This system is only available on devices that an institution has purchased directly through Apple.

What if my child leaves the Academy before the MacBook and iPad are paid off?

Each student who leaves the Academy prior to making the final payment on the MacBook is required to return it with the power adapter and case to the school in good working condition or pay the balance in full.

What if my MacBook or iPad breaks?

Students are expected to have MacBook and iPad devices in good working order for class each day. Devices not performing optimally need to be assessed by the IT department.

If either device is found to need physical repair, all repairs will be handled by the school. The student will receive a loaner to use while his/her device is repaired. Parents will pay for the repair at a discounted rate which the Academy has negotiated with a service provider.

How will the devices be used in school?

  • 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.

How will the Academy monitor students' internet access?

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.

Will the school use digital textbooks?

While it is a goal of the Academy to move to all digital textbooks, it is not completely practical at this time. The Academy will always select the most appropriate book for each course, and those books are not always available in a digital format.

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