Technology

Seton Keough continues to innovate with the use of state-of-the-art technology throughout the school and departments, however the school has a Technology Plan that ensures safe and ethical practices.

Seton Keough Launches an iPad Program

In the fall of 2012, Seton Keough launched a one-to-one student iPad program. After much discussion, school leadership felt it was time to take Seton Keough’s already strong foundation of academic excellence to another level and enhance learning in a dynamic and exciting way. Seton Keough has always strived to make learning hands on and activity based but the iPad will allow even more interactive learning.

The new realities of itextbooks will allow students to not only read about a subject, but also explore it in a variety of interactive ways. Visit the link on the Apple web site for more details about how these textbooks come to life: 
» Interactive Magic In Every Book

Every teacher at Seton Keough has an iPad and has received training on how to make their classes more interactive and engaging.

FAQ

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Why did Seton Keough decide to launch the program?

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Seton Keough has been looking at the rising costs of textbooks and the burden that both the costs and weight of the books put on our students and families. With the announcement last spring that Apple was entering the itextbook revolution and the number of titles that are now available, the time was ripe to make the change. All ibooks are $14.95 and eBooks range from $9.95 to $30. All the literature classics are free to download.

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Why is Seton Keough requiring parents to purchase iPads when other schools provide iPads or tablets?

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Other schools do not provide iPads or tablets. The cost is rolled into tuition or handed as a lease. A freshman paying four years of leasing a tablet or iPad would have spent more than $1,200 on a piece of technology that they will not own when they graduate. The school understands the burden of purchasing an iPad is willing to work with families who find it a hardship.

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Why are juniors and especially seniors being required to purchase an iPad when they will have to purchase a laptop for college?

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The iPads will not be obsolete when your daughter attends college. According the University of Maryland IT Department:

“We are seeing students bringing iPads in addition to a laptop. They are using them to carry with them to take notes in classes, and for quick tasks. They are great for these tasks as it is lightweight, and the charge lasts much longer than a traditional laptop battery (so they don't have to carry a large power cord with them). Additionally, many students feel better about carrying what can arguably be considered a 'cheaper' computer all day everyday with them rather than their larger and usually more expensive laptop.”

Many the functions that a student will need for college can be accomplished with an iPad. Colleges now have itextbooks available for download for most of their courses. Students may also write papers using Pages, print, check email, and surf the web.

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Is there an app for Edline?

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At present, Edline does not have an app for iPads, however students may bookmark Edline for each of their classes by simply creating a bookmark and adding it to the home screen.

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How much will the ebooks/ibooks cost per year?

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For a typical sophomore, the cost of regular books, ebooks, and ibooks is approximately $170.

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What procedures has the school implemented to prevent students from texting, going on Facebook and Twitter, and surfing the web?

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The school has firewalls in place that prevent students from getting onto social medial sites. Students and teachers will be working collaboratively with this new technology, which means that teachers will be walking the classroom and engaging students. Teachers will be able to easily spot students who are not participating.

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What security procedures has the school implemented to make sure that the iPads are safe?

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Students are responsible for their belongings. That includes purses, wallets, expensive textbooks, smart phones, and their iPad. The school has requested that all parents fill out the security questionnaire so that each student’s iPad unique serial number can be recorded and used to find lost or stolen iPads.
» Register your iPad


All parents are asked to download and enable the “Find Me” app, which will assist your daughter and the school to find their iPad if it is lost or stolen.

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Can iPads be used anywhere in the building?

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Yes, Seton Keough has school-wide Wi-Fi, which means that students will be able to use their iPads after school in waiting areas or the cafeteria for homework.

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What should students do to backup their iPads?

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Students should sync their iPad with a home computer and a regular basis to update any downloaded books or apps.

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Who should a student see if they are having technical difficulties with their iPad?

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All Seton Keough teachers received training with their iPads and will be able to troubleshoot any problems.

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What apps are recommended?

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All iPads come with Notes, an app that can be used to highlight and create notes, which can later be used as flashcards for study. Students are encouraged to download free apps Dropbox and Evernote. Notability is an app that many teachers are using to post class information. It syncs with Dropbox. It costs $4.99 but for a limited time is $.99.

Dropbox is a free app that works as a personal server. Students can work on a paper on their home computer and then place a copy in their Dropbox folder, sync Dropbox and the paper will be available on any device that has Dropbox installed including smart phones, iPads, and laptops.

Evernote is a free app that allows students to create “Notes” on a specific topic and then add a variety of sources including papers, note cards, web snippets to help them study.

Apple has its own version of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint called respectively Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. They work interchangeable with MS Office products. They are available for download for $9.99.

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What if we recently purchased a laptop, can my daughter use that instead?

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She may but it is recommended that all students participate in the iPad program because the teacher training and program has been geared toward the use of iPads. Seton Keough will not have an IT professional available to help students troubleshoot problems with their laptop computer.

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What if we do not wish to participate in the iPad program?

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While the initial costs may seem like a burden, the overall savings and the enhanced learning environment from itexbooks, ebooks, and literally thousands of learning apps available for download, make the iPad program worth the investment. Seton Keough is a college preparatory school dedicated to preparing its students for their futures—both spiritually and academically. Ignoring these advancements in technology, which are changing daily, will leave our students less prepared for the challenges they will face in college and the work place. Seton Keough intends to remain a leader in providing a first-class, college-preparatory education for the next generation of women leaders who will go forth to change the world.

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In the fall of 2012, Seton Keough launched a one-to-one student iPad program. After much discussion, school leadership felt it was time to take Seton Keough’s already strong foundation of academic excellence to another level and enhance learning in a dynamic and exciting way.

Recommended Apps

Dropbox (free)
Evernote (free)
Find Me (free)
Notability ($.99)

Students may download the following apps for word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets:
Pages ($9.99)
Keynote ($9.99)
Numbers ($9.99)

Visit the app store on the Apple web site to browse for apps:
» App Store

 

iPad Registration

All students are asked to fill out the form for security purposes so the school has a record of your iPad in the event it is lost.
» iPad Information Form