Strong Evidence of iPad Success with Mercy Students

This spring we completed a survey of nearly all of our ninth graders using a likert scale to measure their perceptions of how intrinsic their iPads were to their learning in school.  We used the the ISTE Standards for Students as the criteria for measuring this.


We has used the identical survey in 2013 when we applied to become an Apple Distinguished School.  In every instance the 2015 students were in greater agreement that they had made the fifteen standards that we had selected.

The above chart is an excellent example. Asked to what extent they agreed that they had fun learning with their iPads, about 57% agreed or strongly agreed in 2013.  In 2015, 60% strongly agreed and the great majority of the rest agreed.

Impressive results were measured with other very important standards, such as “My iPad aids me in exploring solutions”:

Why did the 2015 ninth graders a higher percentage of agreement with the survey statements shaped from the ISTE Standards. My own classroom observations lead me to believed that their teachers integrated the iPad more fundamentally into instruction. I also believe that the Mercy’s adoption of Schoology as and LMS was a factor. The iPad app for Schoology is closely approximates browser functionality.

Click through the following slide show if you are interested in seeing the other survey results* as well.

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*Thank you Christopher Blitz for creating this great slide show for our updated version of iMercy.

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iPad Buyback Info and We Repair ADP

We Repair Accidental Damage Pan – Located in West Bloomfield, We Repair is offering an accidental damage plan that will cover your iPad in case of screen breakage and spills. The cost of this coverage will be a $75 initial cost for two years of coverage. A $25 deductible will than apply for any necessary repairs , $40 for LCD/Screen replacement. The form can be downloaded from here, or student’s can pick one up in the IT Office. Please make checks payable to We Repair. The deadline for applying is July 1st, 2015.

iPad Buyback – If you are interested in trading in your old iPad and purchasing the new iPad Air 2 there will be a drop off date on Monday, June 22nd, 11:00 AM here at Mercy. Please enter at the Flagpole entrance. The Mercy IT Dept. will check to make sure that all of your current content is backed up to a recent iCloud backup or you can back up your content to a computer using iTunes before arrival. Please also bring your charger and cord. Your old iPad will then be shipped to a warehouse for evaluation where the value will be determined. You will then be able to order your new iPad from the Mercy Business Office (do not order from the school website). Students will also have to purchase a new iPad case compatible with the iPad Air 2. Mercy cases will be available for purchase or you can choose to buy one on your own. Loaner iPads will be available for those who would like one before their new iPad arrives.

Here are approximate values for each model:

iPad 3 (Class of 2016)- $145.00

iPad 4 (Class of 2017) – $ 175.00

iPad Air (Class of 2018) – $ 185.00

Students will receive a check for the trade-in in late August. If you have any further questions regarding the iPad buy back please feel free to call the Mercy IT Dept. 248-893-3590.

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Options for our Aging iPad

It is hard to believe that the 2015-16 school year will be our fourth year of going 1:1 iPad at Mercy High School.  Since our adoption of the iPad involved switching 1:1 devices, we began the program with ninth graders, and then successively required all incoming students to purchase iPads. Next year, every student in the building will have one.

When we started the program, we had a fundamental concern that Apple could not really answer for us because the device itself was so new: How well will the iPads stand the test of time?  Thankfully, the iPads have stood up incredibly well. While we sometimes encounter storage issues, we have not experienced hardware or battery issues.

We require all parents to purchase two years of AppleCare + at the outset. Next year half of our iPads will be out of this warranty. In order to be proactive about warranty concerns, we are providing our earliest adopters with a couple nice options in addition to doing nothing and hoping the iPad stays healthy for four years. Here is what Tom James (I.T. Director) communicated recently:

We have researched and selected a set of best options.  Listed below are your warranty/service choices:

Purchase a repair warranty from We Repair (located in West Bloomfield) that will cover your iPad in case of accidental damage. The cost of this coverage will be a $75 initial cost for two years of coverage. A $25 deductible will than apply for any necessary repairs , $40 for LCD/Screen replacement. The form can be downloaded from the Mercy IT Blog, or student’s can pick one up in the IT Office. Please make checks payable to We Repair. 

Purchase a new iPad with 2 years of AppleCare +. Currently enrolled students can purchase the new iPad Air 2 (64 GB, wi-fi) from Mercy for $673. If you wish to purchase the new Mercy iPad package please contact the Mercy Business Office. Do not order from the school’s website. Please also be reminded that you cannot purchase a new iPad from another source to use at school. 

New this year, student’s now have the option to trade in their current iPad in working condition and receive $100 – $200 (depending on model and condition) towards the purchase of the new Mercy iPad package (64 GB iPad Air 2). If you are interested in the buy back program please contact the IT Dept.

We are pleased that the “old” iPads have retained excellent residual value, allowing us to present a “buy back” option.

He have few regrets about adopting the iPad as our 1:1 device.

Mercy IT help counter

 

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Highlighting New Tech Innovations at Mercy

This summer we will be updating iMercy, the  Multi Touch book that describes Mercy technology.  We published it to iTunes in 2013 where it remains a free download.

I am working with 12 other wonderful people* on an updated edition which we will submit for review to Apple this summer. Last week we were formally invited to apply for a renewal of our Apple Distinguished School status. The updated book will serve as evidence that we continue to be a leading edge school with Apple 1:1 technology.

Our committees have now reviewed each section of the book and are already collecting resources and data highlighting new developments in each area. Here is a sampling:

Visionary Leadership

An entirely new section on the iWizards will be written acknowledging new projects such as their iPad Tips & Tricks course and their iCreate workshop

Innovative Learning and Teaching

We have so many new developments which could go here. The new technology in courses like Broadcasting, Photo, Film and Animation, Graphic Design, etc. could fill a chapter.

Brooke and Izzy prepare resources for the August 14 iPad Orientation.

Brooke and Izzy prepare resources for the August 14 iPad Orientation.

Ongoing Professional Learning

This section will feature our successes with peer to peer training as well as our Tech Talk Conference.

Compelling Evidence of Success

As I recently posted, we are surveying staff, all juniors, and all freshmen to gather comparative data to the the study we completed two years ago.

Flexible Learning Environment

Since our book was published we have adopted a new learning management system. A section on how we leverage technology through Schoology will be a key addition to this section.

We have much work ahead but I am very proud to have the opportunity to share with the world all the exciting ed tech innovations that are happening at Mercy!

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*Committee Members include Larry Baker, Christopher Blitz, Cheryl Corte, Julie Earle, Angela Harris-Schultheis, Tom James, Alison Kline-Kator, Dr. Cheryl Kreger, Ann Lusch, Carol Shea, Cindy Richter, Lisa Schrimscher, Susan Smith

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iPad Warranty and Repair Info

For all Mercy students who purchased their iPads in the summer of 2013 (mainly the class of 2017), the AppleCare + warranty that you originally purchased as part of the Mercy iPad Package is set to expire this summer. If you also purchased the Safeware extended warranty that too will be expiring this summer. Since Apple does not offer an extension for the AppleCare + warranty, we have researched and selected a set of best options. Listed below are your warranty/service choices:

  • Do nothing, however if your iPad stops functioning for any reason you will be required to have it immediately repaired at full expense or purchase a new iPad.

 

  • Purchase a repair warranty from We Repair (located in West Bloomfield) that will cover your iPad in case of accidental damage. The cost of this coverage will be a $75 initial cost for two years of coverage. A $25 deductible will than apply for any necessary repairs , $40 for LCD/Screen replacement. The form can be downloaded from the Mercy IT Blog, or student’s can pick one up in the IT Office. Please make checks payable to We Repair.

 

  • Purchase a new iPad with 2 years of AppleCare +. Currently enrolled students can purchase the new iPad Air 2 (64 GB, wi-fi) from Mercy for $673. If you wish to purchase the new Mercy iPad package please contact the Mercy Business Office. Do not order from the school’s website. Please also be reminded that you cannot purchase a new iPad from another source to use at school.

 

  • New this year, student’s now have the option to trade in their current iPad in working condition and receive $100 – $200 (depending on model and condition) towards the purchase of the new Mercy iPad package (64 GB iPad Air 2). If you are interested in the buy back program please contact the IT Dept.
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Collecting Data on our iPad 1:1 Program

Several of us at Mercy High have set about the business of updating iMercy, a book available through iTunes that describes Mercy’s technology program.

A special committee of six* is handling a section of the book called “Compelling Evidence of Success”.  In 2013 we comprehensively surveyed ninth graders and staff about their use of technology. These surveys were based on the ISTE Standards

We intend to revisit these populations two years lated and give them the identical surveys. It will be really interesting to see how attitudes and practices have changed.  We will also will survey our current ninth graders.  It will be interesting to see how their experiences and impressions might differ from the ninth graders of two years ago.

We will express most of the results through charts and multimedia in the new edition.

page 19 of iMercy

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Committee Members include Larry Baker, Christopher Blitz, Alison Kline-Kator. Dr. Cheryl Kreger, Ann Lusch, Cindy Richter.

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We’re Updating “iMercy”!

Less than two years ago as part of our application process to become an Apple Distinguished School, we published iMercy to iTunes. iMercy is a 27 page multi-touch book which describes our school’s technology program.

Unsurprisingly, a number of significant changes have occurred over the past two school years, so we would like to reflect these in an updated edition of the book.

A committee of a dozen enthusiastic volunteers* recently convened for this project. The project team includes We have two immediate tasks:

Some of us are going to collect new data with and ISTE Standards based survey on how our students use their iPads for school after three years of experience. Others will review the five chapters of the the book to consider what to weed out and what to update.

Page 11 of the iMercy first edition

Besides bringing fresh data analysis into iMercy there will obviously be some new content in the following areas:

*Paperless Grading with Schoology

*Paperless assignment workflow with Schoology

*New technology focused courses like Photo, Film and Animation

We hope to have the new edition updated by mid-July. Of course I will keep you posted!

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* Project team members: Angela Harris-Schultheis, Ann Lusch, Carol Shea, Dr. Kreger, Christopher Blitz, Colleen Rozman, Cindy Richter, Julie Earl, Lisa Schrimscher, Cheryl Corte, Susan Smith, Alison Kline-Kator, Tom James.
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