Apple Distinguished Program
Archbishop Mitty High School has been named an Apple Distinguished School for its iPad Pilot and Implementation Program. Apple Computer awarded the recognition to AMHS Principal, Mr. Tim Brosnan, at the AMHS Board of Regents meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. Apple Computer chose again to recognize AMHS as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-2013 school year.
See for Yourself
We invite you to view an Apple video that demonstrates the enormous advantage digital textbooks will offer to our students. Just click on the link below.
Apple in Education: http://www.apple.com/education/#video-textbooks
When do students first receive their iPads?
Freshmen receive their iPads during the first two weeks of August before school opens.
Is training available for students on how to use the iPads?
Yes. Trainnig is embedded in the curriculum and freshman receive more in depth orientation.
May students opt out of using the iPad altogether?
The short answer is no; the benefits of a tool like this can only be achieved if the tool is used by all students.
Can students install their own apps?
No, apps will be pushed out to student iPads by the AMHS IT department in support of classroom instruction.
What accessories will be needed with the iPad?
All students will receive an iPad from Mitty. The school will supply information regarding any required or suggested accessories. All students will need earphones with a microphone. The digital booklist includes an icon indicating how to buy earphones.
Is there technical support for student iPads on campus?
Yes. An IT support staff member is available in the student library on campus at a walk-up window in the school Library to assist students with technical issues. Loaner iPads and batteries are available.
Do students get to keep their iPads when they graduate?
No, the iPads are the property of the Apple Computer and are returned to Apple after their use at AMHS.
My student already has an iPad. Will s/he be able to use that one?
No. The IT department at AMHS configures the iPads as "managed" devices to ensure we have consistent security, configuration, apps and content.
What happens if an iPad gets broken, lost or stolen?
If an iPad is broken, stolen or lost, the family is billed for the price of a new device. Applecare will cover hardware malfunctions for the first year of use of the device, but not breakages caused by the user. The school provides recommendations on caring for the iPad.
Should parents purchase insurance to cover student use of the iPad?
Archbishop Mitty High School strongly encourages families to consider purchasing insurance. As stated in the Student iPad Acceptable Use Agreement, families are responsible for any damage or loss of the iPad. The replacement cost of an iPad is $650. A cracked screen is over $300. We encourage families to check their homeowner’s insurance policy to see if the device is covered or to consider purchasing a separate policy for the device.
Will students only being using digital books (ebooks)?
Not exclusively; paper books are still being used in some classes. AMHS uses the best materials for each learning environment. The academic department chairs, with the approval of the Associate Principal, select materials for department instruction, including digital and hard copy books. Ebooks significantly reduce book costs to parents.
iPad Program Description and iPad Acceptable Use Policy
The iPad program at Archbishop Mitty High School provides tools and resources to the student. Effective teaching and learning with iPads integrates technology into the curriculum anytime, anyplace. Students must abide by the policies of the school to effectively use the iPad to enhance learning in the classroom and outside the classroom.
The policies, procedures and information within this document apply to all iPads used at Archbishop Mitty High School. Teachers may set additional requirements for use in their respective classroom.
Above all, the iPad program at AMHS is an academic program and the policies governing the use of the iPad support its academic use.
A. iPad Distribution and Care
- Students are issued iPads at the beginning of the school year. The iPads are the property of Apple Computer and are rented to AMHS. Students are expected to use the iPads in conformity with the school Acceptable Use Policy. Students are responsible for the general care of the iPad they have been issued by the school. iPads that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the IT Department for an evaluation of the equipment. The walk up window is in the library.
- Students/parents are solely responsible for the care and safekeeping of student iPads. Any loss or damage to iPads (outside of reasonable wear and tear), regardless of the cause, will be the strict financial responsibility of the students/parents. Students must immediately report damage or loss, including theft, to Archbishop Mitty. Students/parents are not permitted to repair, alter, modify or replace iPads without express authorization from Archbishop Mitty. Under no circumstance will Archbishop Mitty replace or repair a student iPad without the required payment from the student/parent.
- Archbishop Mitty High School strongly encourages families to consider purchasing insurance. As stated in the Student iPad Acceptable Use Agreement, families are responsible for any damage or loss of the iPad. The replacement cost of an iPad is $650. A cracked screen is over $300. We encourage families to check their homeowner’s insurance policy to see if the device is covered or to consider purchasing a separate policy for the device. There are several firms that provide insurance protection for your iPad. While we do not endorse any one firm, here are two that come with good recommendations. Worth Avenue Group will cover accidental damage and loss due to theft. Cost for two years is a little over $120. You can purchase this coverage here. Square Trade will cover accidental damage only. A two year policy costs less than $90. Their web site is: http://www.squaretrade.com/ipad-landing
B. General Precautions
- Students must have their iPads, iPad covers, and earphones with them at school every day.
- Students are responsible for keeping their iPads’ batteries charged for school each day.
- Students may not remove or circumvent the management system installed on each iPad. This includes removing restrictions or “jailbreaking” the device.
- iPads should always be kept within the protective cases.
- Only use a soft cloth to clean the screen, no cleansers of any type.
- Cords and cables must be inserted carefully into the iPad to prevent damage.
- iPad cases must have the student's name on the cover.
- iPads must never be left in an unlocked locker, unlocked car, or any unsupervised area.
- iPads used by students must bear the student’s user name. No other name is acceptable. Students may not remove or alter the “asset tag” located on the iPad’s back cover. The “find my iPhone/iPad” function must be on at all times.
- Students are discouraged from printing materials on campus. Printers are available on campus for limited student use as directed by the teacher of a class. Readers, worksheets, and other academic materials are available digitally on the iPad for study and reference.
C. Sound, Music, Games, Pictures, or Programs
- Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes.
- During the school day, 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, earphones may only be used in the library. Permission may be given for use of earphones by a teacher in a classroom, the science lab, or the mathematics lab. During the school day students may not use earphones in other areas on campus.
- Internet games and game apps are not allowed on the iPads.
- The software/apps originally installed by Archbishop Mitty must remain on the iPad in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times. From time to time the school may add software applications for use in a particular course.
- Students are not allowed to load extra software/apps on their iPads.
- Students may store their own photographs and music on their iPads.
D. Prohibited Use
- Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials
- Any action that violates existing school rules or public law
- Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials
- Use of chat rooms not authorized by the teacher for academic use
- Sites selling term papers, book reports, and other forms of student work
- Messaging services
- Spamming: sending mass or inappropriate emails
- Gaining access to other students’ accounts, files, and/or data
- Use of the school’s internet/E-mail accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity
- Bypassing the Archbishop Mitty web filter through a web proxy
- Photographing or video recording on campus without the permission of a teacher for academic purposes or in support of a school program
- Student sharing of their passwords, addresses, or other personal information on the Internet without the authorization of a parent or Archbishop Mitty representative
- Copying certain internet materials or reproducing materials without the permission of the author or other right-holder
- Plagiarizing academic materials
- Using or possessing hacking software
E. General Rules for iPad Use
- Students that fail to charge the battery on their iPad, forget to bring the iPad to school, or need assistance with iPad related software or hardware on the device must be to class on time. Students must have the permission of their teacher to address these issues during class time. Students late to class due to iPad or technology related issues without permission will be assigned detention.
- Students may use the iPad only for academic purposes on campus between 7:30 AM and 2:00 PM.
- Students may not use other student iPads nor have them in their possession.
- In consideration for receiving the iPad from Archbishop Mitty, each student and his or her parent or legal guardian agrees not to sue and hereby releases, waives, discharges, holds harmless, indemnifies, and defends Archbishop Mitty High School and the Catholic Diocese of San José, as well as their respective employees, personnel, staff, volunteers, agents, directors, affiliates, and representatives, from any and all liability, losses, damages, claims, actions, and causes of action of every nature for any and all known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, bodily or personal injuries, property damage, or other loss, whether claimed by the student, parent, legal representative, or any third party, relating in any way to the use of the iPad furnished by Archbishop Mitty to the student.
- This iPad Acceptable Use Policy applies to Archbishop Mitty students at all times, whether or not the students are on campus, as Archbishop Mitty students are school representatives at all times.
- Individual school iPads and accessories must be returned to the Archbishop Mitty IT Department at the request of the school when a student graduates or ceases to be a registered student at AMHS.