iPads at Villa Maria

Making an IMPACT with Technology in Education

IPad Use at Villa Maria

It is the vision of Villa Maria Academy HS that all students and staff will have access to appropriate and effective technologies and will use new and emerging technologies to inspire them to be lifelong learners while gaining essential skills that will enable them to become successful in their future college and career, and become contributing members of the community. IPads are required for daily use by all students and faculty at VMA. 

We recognize that our students are growing up in a world where digital tools are everywhere. They are affordable and therefore used every day to work, to communicate, to collaborate, and to learn. In order to be prepared for the future, we believe Villa graduates must think critically and creatively in order to solve complex, non­standard problems, understand their role in an interdependent world and use evolving technologies for research, communication, collaboration, and innovation.  Our iPad 1:1 program,is a tech and curricular framework where learning in the classroom takes on a more dynamic and collaborative level of learning and assessment.

Families may purchase an iPad base model, iPad Pro or Mini 4 for their daughter from any retailer.  Minis and Pro models are allowed in addition to the 9.7″” model but most find this model to be best in both size and price.  Keyboards and cases are encouraged and most find that helpful in class and for iPad protection.

IPads are required for daily use by all students and faculty at VMA. 

Students are required to have an IPad for school, daily.  It should be fully charged and have a protective case.  A spare power cable or power bank is suggested for heavy use.  Most days, the iPad will last the entire day as it is not used in every class, every day.

What Model iPad should I purchase?

Apple iPads available include:

  • iPad 9.7″ (32GB)      $329  Recommended model  (touch ID) *
  • iPad 9.7″ (128GB)         $429  (touch ID)
  • iPad Air 10.5 ” (64GB)  $499 (touch ID)
  • iPad Air 10.5″  (256GB) $649 (touch ID)
  • iPad Pro 11″ (64 GB)    $799 +  (face ID)
  • iPad Pro 12.9″ (64GB)  $999 +  (face ID) Uses USB-C Connector, not lightning connector

OLDER MODELS that are acceptable with iOS 12 and 13 (to be released Fall 2019):

  • iPad (5th and 6th Gen)
  • iPad Air 3rd Gen
  • iPad Air 2

****WIFI Model is fine. No need to get the Cellular model.

1. Do I need an Apple Pencil?

No.  It is an optional purchase.  Apple Pencil (first generation will work with all new ipads) can be used if desired with iPad and iPad Pro models.

An apple pencil can aid a student in electronic drawing, note taking and marking up documents however, it needs to be charged to be used.  A 15 sec charge usually gives a student about 30 mins of use.  It can be charged from the iPad itself but a case to hold the pencil stylis is encouraged.  Many students find a bluetooth keyboard more beneficial for typing.  Both are optional accessories.

We encourage students to bring a cable/brick or USB powerpack to help with extended use of the ipads.  Many batteries on the ipads will make it through the day since we are not using the iPads all day in every class.  It is a tool, much like a calculator and some students may use it more than others.

2. What is an Apple Pencil?

An apple pencil can aid a student in electronic drawing, note taking and marking up documents however, it needs to be charged to be used.  A 15 sec charge usually gives a student about 30 mins of use.  It can be charged from the iPad itself but a case to hold the pencil stylus is encouraged.

3. Do I need a keyboard?

Many students find a blue tooth keyboard more beneficial for typing.  It is an optional accessory.

We encourage students to bring a cable/power brick or USB power pack to help with extended use of the iPads.  Many batteries on the iPad will make it through the day since we are not using the iPads all day in every class.

4. Where should I purchase my iPad?

You may purchase at ANY retailer. Springboard Media in Exton offers a small discount on iPad purchases for Villa families but any Apple store, Best Buy, Target, Amazon, etc are available.

5. Can I bring a Mac Laptop instead? PC Laptop?

An iPad is required.  A laptop is not a substitute for an ipad.  Student Laptops are not prohibited however, virus protection is required for use on the school network.  Guest access is available for these laptops.  Laptops are only necessary if the student chooses to bring one in for a presentation or project.  We have over 100 computers on campus for student use.  Printing from personal laptops is not available on campus.  Any laptop that is found to compromise the network will be suspended from access.

6. What are the iPads used for?

An iPad is required for use in student advisory sign ups, browsing the internet, accessing mail and curricular use in certain classes.  Some days students may find limited iPad use, while other times, students may find their iPad used for video work, collaboration, presentations and small writings.  Notability is a popular app that many teachers use on the ipads for note taking and organization.  A list of apps (mostly free) are given out to students on the Schoology webpage of the class.

7. Is there a Schoology app?

Yes.  Students are encouraged to download the Schoology app to their iPad.  Type in VMAHS and Villa Maria Academy HS will appear.  You will be brought to a google interface.  Use your Villa email and PW to access Schoology. Approve the authorization and you will be brought to the app dashboard.

8. When can New Students log onto Schoology?

For all new students, Schoology access to their classes will be available when schedules are released (mid-Aug).  Students will access their Schoology accounts for course information, homework and announcements and school resources.  To access Schoology, students will use their Villa issued email and password.  Schoology access is available on the day course schedules are released.  Until that time, new students will not be able to log into Schoology.

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iPad Purchase Option

Purchasing iPads through Springboard.com

As a parent of a Villa Maria Academy student, you are entitled to discounts on iPads, select cases, and select accessories through Springboard Media, located in Exton, downtown Philadelphia, and online.  All Villa Maria students use Apple iPads in class. Villa Maria Academy has partnered with Springboard to host the school’s online store for iPad and accessory purchases.

Purchasing through Springboard is not required, but does offer parents a discount on all purchases. The company also performs repairs and training for Apple products.

  • Discounted pricing on iPads and accessories for Villa Maria parents.
  • 12 Month financing with 0% interest.
Locations

In Store at one of two retail locations.

Main Street at Exton
290 Main Street
Exton PA 19341