Students enrolled in one of our new courses, Engineering Applications of Computer Science, are composing music, developing assistive technology, and overcoming additional real-world design challenges under the tutelage of their teacher Mr. Andrew Joyal '11.
iPad 1:1 Learning Environment
We are proud to be one of the first schools in the area to utilize technology to its fullest by enhancing the teaching and learning experience through our iPad 1:1 learning program. Students participate in an innovative and highly engaging learning environment that has transformed the educational experience at Central Catholic.
Students use their iPads in each class as:
- A medium for their direct participation in - and interaction with - the learning process;
- A means of richer collaboration with their teachers and other students;
- A powerful organizational tool;
- A vehicle for research; and
- A tool for completing and submitting assignments.
“Central Catholic faculty weave technology into the entire curriculum. We were one of the first schools in the region to implement a 1:1 learning environment with our iPad initiative. Students learning problem solving and critical thinking skills through coding during their freshman or sophomore year – a requirement unique to Central Catholic.”
-Mrs. Jodi Linnehan Kriner, Director of Academic & Information Technology
Each freshman will be required to own an iPad with a minimum of 128 GB of memory, 7th generation or newer, and a case with a keyboard.
- We recommend the 8th Generation iPad (supports Apple Pen) with WiFi. WiFi + Cellular iPads are not needed. iPads that do have cellular access will need to have that feature disabled while used at school.
- Students must purchase a case with a keyboard. We recommend the Zagg Ultrathin or Portfolio keyboard cases. If students already have a keyboard case or personal preference, they are welcome to use it.
- We recommend students purchase a stylus for taking notes.
- You can purchase the iPad from any Apple store, the online Apple Education store, or another authorized Apple retailer.
- Care & Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase a case with a keyboard to protect your child’s iPad from accidental damage (see above). Additionally, CCHS recommends that you purchase either AppleCare+ or insurance coverage for accidental damage. We recommend you purchase AppleCare+
- AppleCare+: In addition to providing coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage ($49 service fee for each incident), AppleCare+ also includes software and technical support. Visit AppleCare+ for more details. The purchase price, which does not include the service fees, is $69.
- The device may be covered by a homeowner insurance policy, but repair costs for damage may not exceed the deductible. To pursue extra coverage, you can check with the retailer where you purchase the iPad or contact your family insurance agency or AppleCare+.
- iPads can be purchased from the Apple Education Online Store ($20.00 less than most retailers), the Apple Store, or any retailer than sells Apple devices.
- Will all CCHS students be required to have an iPad?
- Will I have to purchase an iPad or will the school be leasing them?
- What type of iPad do I need to have?
- My child already has an iPad. Do I need to purchase a new one?
- Where do we purchase the iPad? Is there a discount for CCHS students through Apple for this program?
- Is there anything else that I need to purchase with the iPad?
- What will the school do if my child’s iPad is damaged or stolen?
- Will families be responsible for buying apps used in class or will the school?
- Do I need an iPad with Cellular or just WiFi?
- Will there be any training for my student on how to use the iPad?
- Will the school block students from using certain apps or websites?
- Is there a student use policy for the iPad?
- Will students be required to purchase digital text books for their classes?
- Will students receive help/support for the use of their iPad from the school?
- Will CCHS install updates on the iPads?
- What email should students use to create an Apple ID?
Kishan Patel '14, a software engineer for Slack and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), has embraced innovation and big ideas – by launching TEDx at both CCHS and CMU, playing a leadership role at a cutting-edge tech company, and serving as a founder of CMU Tech & Entrepreneurship in the Bay Area.
A unique Honors Forensic Science course taught by science teacher Ms. Bridgette Bolduc allows Central Catholic students to recreate crime scenes and utilize a variety of types of lab equipment… even in their own homes. Forensic science students can also earn dual enrollment college credit from Syracuse University.
On Friday, December 18, World Language faculty member Mr. Jeremy Hay '90 will be helping his students move a digital robot by coding commands in Spanish. This unique activity is part of the annual Hour of Code – a national technology program that aims to demystify coding for students of all skill levels grades K-12.