Baylor's iPad Program
Taking the lead in 21st century teaching and the effective use of technology in the classroom, Baylor now requires all students to purchase an iPad.
What apps will be required?
We have a Baylor App Store available for students to buy required Apps. App costs are then charged to their Baylor accounts, negating the need for students to have credit card information stored on their iPads for school-related App purchases.
Which ipad should we purchase?
The iPad 2 and later versions are available in a variety of prices and configurations. The 16 GB, Wi-Fi only models, the least expensive option, are fully capable of handling students' academic requirements. While the 16 GB model is sufficient for their academic work, students will be extremely limited in storing other multimedia on the device; this includes videos, music, and pictures. For students who anticipate the need to have access to these types of media, a higher capacity model of the iPad should be purchased. The original iPad (iPad 1) or iPad Mini are not acceptable models for use at school.
When will students learn how the ipads are used in classrooms and what is expected of them?
The first week of school is spent getting students oriented in their classes, which includes what Apps the teachers use, how to upload assignments, taking notes, organizing their work electronically, and more. Itís no surprise that students catch on to the technology extremely quickly, but teachers are very aware of the need to make sure all of their students are comfortable using the technology.
Is insurance included in the lease agreement that covers damaged or stolen ipads?
No, insurance must be purchased separately by the responsible party. We strongly encourage families to purchase insurance if they buy an iPad. Insurance will be required for those choosing the lease option (but will only cover damage). Some home insurance policies can be extended to cover technology purchases, and separate policies can also be purchased to cover damaged, lost, or stolen devices. All parents should check with their insurance provider to determine their best coverage options.
Will my student still need a computer even if he/she has an ipad?
It is important to note that the iPad is not a replacement for a computer. Baylor still provides access to computers on campus to support specific programs. Students may feel more comfortable completing some assignments off campus on a computer. The iPad requires the use of the iTunes program, which is a free download available for both PC and Mac.