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Paramus Catholic believes that technology enhances instruction. However, it cannot replace the creative interaction between teachers and students in the classroom.

Paramus Catholic is a “Bring Your Own Device" 1:1 iPad high school, meaning each student brings his/her own approved iPad to school each day where it will be infused into instruction in each course. We have chosen the Apple iPad platform for its 2 major advantages:

a. Since all teachers are equipped with Apple iPads, tablet-based instruction will be geared for this platform. By ensuring  that both teacher and student are using the same device, electronic instruction can proceed with minimal technical confusion.

b. Most app publishers first target the iOS platform for ebook and educational app release. Android and other tablets receive these apps and books much later, if at all. At this time, the iPad is considered to be the primary platform for tablet-based education.

Either on their device or on one of the many school desktop or chromebook computers, students can connect to our state-of-the-art wireless network via their own individual student Google Accounts. Use of the Google Cloud platform allows students to work both collaboratively and individually in and outside of the building.

 

Requirements for the PC 1-to-1 iPad Program

  • Students must use an Apple iPad Air or newer. iPods and iPhones are not acceptable substitutes.
    Laptops, including Apple Macbooks, are not permissible.

    List of acceptable iPad devices:
    iPad Air
    iPad mini 2
    iPad Air 2
    iPad mini 3
    iPad mini 4
    iPad Pro (any model)
    iPad Air (3rd Generation)
    iPad mini (5th Generation)

  • Devices should be upgraded to a minimum of iOS 12.

  • iPad 1 and iPad 2 cannot be updated to the most recent operating system and are therefore not acceptable devices.

  • The iPad mini is acceptable. The only difference between a standard iPad and the iPad mini is the screen size. Apps look the same on the iPad mini as they do on the standard iPad, the text and images are just a bit smaller due to the smaller screen.

  • Since Paramus Catholic has pervasive WiFi, there is no need for a 3G/4G cellular iPad. Not only are the cellular iPads more expensive than WiFi-only iPads, they require monthly data plans that are also quite expensive and tend to be much slower than WiFi.

  • All devices should be enrolled in iCloud, a free service from Apple. This makes saving files and locating lost devices much easier.

  • Recommendations:

    • The screen is the most delicate part of an iPad and the vast majority of iPad problems are broken screens due to an accidental drop or being inadvertently crushed in a backpack. Therefore all iPads must be in a case that can cover the screen. Drop resistant cases such as those made by Otterbox or LifeProof are highly recommended. While these cases cost a bit more than a bargain case, they cost far less than a replacement screen.
    • An extra iPad charger is highly recommended. Students are required to bring their iPad to school every day fully charged and this is easiest if there is always a charger plugged in and ready at home.
    • Most students find the onscreen keyboard cumbersome for extensive typing. An easily portable bluetooth keyboard is recommended.