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.
Requirements for the PC 1-to-1 iPad Program
- Students must use an Apple iPad. iPods and iPhones are not acceptable substitutes.
List of acceptable iPad devices:
iPad Pro (any model)
iPad (6th Generation or Newer)
iPad Air (3rd Generation or Newer)
iPad mini (5th Generation or Newer)
- Devices should be upgraded to a minimum of iOS 15.
- Many iPad models cannot be updated to the most recent operating system and are therefore not acceptable devices. Only the above are acceptable models.
- 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.
- Most students find the Apple Pencil to be a useful tool for taking notes in class and submitting digital assignments.
- 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.