On Friday, April 5, six students participated in the Fitchburg State University Programming Competition. Congratulations to the students who participated, and thank you to Mr. Andrew Joyal '11, Computer Science Teacher &Coding Club Moderator, for making this experience possible.
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.
Each freshman will be required to own an iPad with a minimum of 128 GB of memory, 6th generation or newer, and a case with a keyboard.
- We recommend the 6th Generation iPad (supports Apple Pen). 3G/4G iPads are not needed. iPads that do have 3G/4G 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.
- 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 insurance coverage for accidental damage. 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+. We recommend you purchase AppleCare+
“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 through our iPad initiative, and this is the third year that students have been 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
- 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 3G/4G 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?
Students are required to have a case with a keyboard to protect your child’s iPad from accidental damage. 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.
Additionally, CCHS recommends that you purchase insurance coverage for accidental damage. 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+.
Yes, when required texts that are available in digital version cost significantly less than the printed version. CCHS will send out digital content lists over the summer with information on which iBooks, eBooks, Apps, and other digital content your child will need for classes as well as instructions on where and how you can acquire the content.
Last week, several Central Catholic World Language courses participated in the 2018 Hour of Code Worldwide Challenge – an activity that demystifies the act of coding for students of all skill levels grades K-12.