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Why iPads?
At this point, the iPad is currently the best device available for the type of teaching and learning in which our students are engaged. The long battery life, price point, instant-on, flat profile, touch screen, quality of eBooks, and the robust developer community makes the iPad the current leader for educational use.
We also believe that the use of the iPad is an opportunity to level the playing field for our students. We know our students come from vastly different economic backgrounds, and we know technology is required of our students in many different ways. The use of iPads will not make everything equal, but it will at least provide all students with a common baseline.
Does the school provide the iPad?
No. Each student must purchase her/his own iPad. It is the family's decision to insure and accessorize the iPad. A protective case is strongly recommended.
What are the specifications for the iPad?
The recommended minimum specification for the student device is the iPad 10.2", 32GB, Wi-Fi. Students may purchase a larger screen size or more memory iPad if they wish. Students who have previously purchased the older devices may continue to use that device.
I have an iPad Mini. Is that model acceptable?
The iPad Mini is capable of running the same apps as the iPad so it is an acceptable device. However, the Administration has concerns about the screen size and its effectiveness in the classroom setting compared to the regular size iPad.
I have an iPod Touch or an iPhone. Are these devices acceptable?
No. Neither the iPod Touch nor the iPhone is capable of running all the required applications. These devices are not acceptable.
Will there be any cost savings by requiring iPads?
We intend to use as many electronic textbooks as we can. Electronic books cost much less than traditional textbooks. We fully expect families will experience significant cost savings over two to three years, compared with traditional textbooks.
Will you be offering volume purchases of Apps?
We have published a list of the required apps the students will need on their iPads. Most apps are free but there are two that will need to be purchased by the student. 
Is there financial assistance to help us manage the cost of iPads?
We have limited funds available to assist families who need help with the initial purchase of the iPad or digital textbooks.  Please see our Fees, iPad, and Textbook page for more information.
Is internet access at home required?
The School has wireless internet access available when the campus is open. Various student centers in the School are open from 7:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on school days.  While internet access is also available publicly in other places, it is highly recommended to have internet access at home as well. Families who qualify may also have access to internet services through Comcast at a reduced rate. Please check with your internet provider for more information.

Will the school teach my student how to use the iPad properly?
All incoming freshman and transfer students are required to attend an iPad Boot Camp in August before school starts, where they will get an introduction to how best to use the iPad for productive means. Students will also have to read and agree to the School's Acceptable Use Policy. Our faculty will focus on teaching students to use these devices responsibly, ethically, and productively. Parents are encouraged to help their students be good digital citizens. Please click HERE for more resources regarding digital citizenship.
Will this device distract my child from doing his/her work?
Students can be distracted by what they can do with the device. The iPad makes it easy for a student to surf the internet, check email, send an instant message, play a game, read a book for another class, and so on. Many students are already experiencing these distractions with phones, iPods, and laptops. We will work with the students on developing self-discipline and making the right choices when in class and when they are doing homework.
Aren’t kids already overexposed to technology and social media?
We are aware of the dangers associated with overexposure to technology and social media. Our job is to make sure that students know those dangers, too, and become smart users of their smartphones and computing devices. Your child’s teachers will help in that endeavor. They have been trained to use the right tool at the right time. Sometimes it makes sense to put pen to paper or turn the pages of a book, whether those are paper pages or electronic pages. Sometimes it’s important to just listen or to lead a group discussion. And sometimes it’s essential to use an iPad to find the best answers, synthesize mountains of information and create something dynamic that will help transform our world. We also want to create a level playing field, without digital haves and have-nots. The iPads will ensure that every student has the necessary digital tools to aid his or her education and growth.
Can I block my child from using certain apps or websites?
The iPad does have parental controls that can be used to lock down a device. Please refer to the iPad User Guide for more information on how to use the parental controls on the iPad. You may also view our Parental User Guide by clicking here.
Will the school block my child from using apps or websites?
Gonzaga Prep filters the web content available to the students through the on-campus wireless network. We cannot filter devices that connect to the internet via a cell phone network (a 3G or 4G capable device). We also cannot filter access off-campus and at home. You may want to contact your internet service provider for ways to block websites at your home.
Will there be training or orientation for students and parents?
All incoming Freshman and transfer students are required to attend an iPad Boot Camp in August before school starts, where they will get an introduction on how best to use the iPad for productive means. At the Boot Camp, students will be given the information to connect to our network, be assigned a school email address, and learn ways to keep their devices secure. Students will learn about the Google suite of apps for digital storage, document sharing, and more. Students will also have to read and agree to the school's Acceptable Use Policy.
If I have a textbook in paper form, do I have to purchase the digital ebook?
Students are asked to purchase the digital version of the textbook if it is shown as required on the textbook list. Many of the electronic textbooks have interactive content that will be utilized and is not available in the paper version. However, paperback books may be substituted for ebooks if there are novels on your list of required textbooks (e.g. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; The Great Gatsby, etc.)