About Prep TEC
Prep TEC began with the integration of the learning management system Blackboard and the online grade tracking portal Net Classroom in 2010. Since that time, students have acclimated to accessing assignments, submitting homework, taking quizzes, and more on Blackboard, and they now say that Blackboard is their preferred form of online communication with the school.
In addition to these components, Prep TEC also includes interactive whiteboards installed in key cross-departmental classrooms. Short Throw High Resolution Projectors that are optimized for video content have also been integrated in our classrooms. The entire Fairmont Prep campus also has password protected wireless Internet access. Fairmont continues to invest in Prep TEC by offering an Advanced Placement Computer Science course. To support this class, along with the yearbook and graphic design classes, a Mac Computer Lab was opened in 2012. Prep TEC is continuously developing to respond to technology and education trends in a way that creates the optimal 21st Century learning experience for our students.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of iPad does my student need?
Your student must have an iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air or iPad Mini with at least 32GB of memory. These are the minimum requirements. Since your student will be using the iPad in all classes to create projects, store textbooks, download homework, and research information, at least 32GB of memory is required so that the iPad is able to store all of this material.
Is a 3G enabled iPad required?
Your student is expected to have Internet access while away from campus. Although 3G is not required, you may want to purchase this option if your student does not have reliable Wi-Fi access at home. While on Fairmont campuses, students may not use 3G or 4G connections.
How does my student learn to use the iPad? What resources will be available?
Fairmont will provide periodic training sessions, including an introductory session at the beginning of the school year, for the students to become familiar with the use of their iPads. These sessions will be listed on the academic calendar. In addition, Fairmont will provide both Student-Use and Parent-Use Handbooks through iTunes U. These handbooks will provide tips, instructions, and other information on the use of the iPad and various apps that the student may be expected to use throughout the school day.
Will any other device besides the iPad be acceptable?
No. The iPad is required because all students are expected to have access to the same functions, applications, and options on their tablets. All teachers will be using lessons and curricula that are specific to the iPad. If your student brings another device, he or she may be asked to utilize our loaner program (see question below) and may miss out on valuable instruction and activities.
How will you enforce student access of appropriate material, apps, and websites on the iPads?
As with any materials that the student brings to class, how the iPad is used during class time will be monitored by the teacher. If the student is not using the iPad appropriately, they will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Fairmont Prep RYO Acceptable Use Policy.
Do I need to provide a protective cover for the iPad or other accessories or will the school provide these items?
Protective cases and screen covers are highly recommended and will not be provided by Fairmont. In addition, the student may want to use a stylus and/or keyboard to assist in typing on the iPad. These accessories will not be provided by Fairmont.
What happens when my child misplaces the iPad, damages it, or forgets to bring it to school?
Fairmont Preparatory Academy will utilize a Loaner Program for students who do not come to school with a functioning iPad. The student must visit the campus coordinator in the morning before school no later than 7:40am to rent a loaner iPad for the day. The cost is $25 per day which must be paid in advance. The student will have use of the iPad until the following day at 7:40am. For each day that the iPad is used, it must be checked back in by 7:40am, and payment for each day of use is due in advance. If the iPad is not checked in by 7:40am, an additional $25 fee will be assessed. Failure to bring the iPad back after 48 hours will result in the student being charged the full price of the iPad, $650, which will be added to the tuition fees. Junior High campuses will not have a loaner program. Therefore, if your student loses or forgets their iPad, they may miss out on instructional activities and/or have to make up the work at home.
Do I need to buy insurance? What are my options for warranty and repairs?
Although insurance is not required, it is highly recommended that each family subscribes to some form of insurance protection. Apple Care covers one year of limited warranty (http://www.apple.com/legal/warranty/), and additional coverage can be purchased through Apple (http://www.apple.com/support/products/ipad.html). The Worth Ave. Group also provides a comprehensive policy (http://www.worthavegroup.com/ipad), as does Square Trade (http://www.squaretrade.com/ipad-warranty). There are also a number of local repair shops that will provide most hardware repairs, such as RepairZoom in Irvine or iCracked iPad Repair in Orange. Fairmont has a discount agreement with Bubble Screen in Anaheim as well. Just mention you are a Fairmont parent or student when dropping off your iPad for repair.