Mercy High School hosted its third annual Tech Talk for Educators conference on February 26.
Keynote speaker Dr. Jason Siko began the conference with“Futures of Educational Technology; Possible, Plausible and Preferable.” Approximately 300 persons participated this year attending 28 one-hour presentations and six two-hour workshops. Faculty from around 30 metro area school systems were in attendance. Mercy iWizards assisted with technology and logistical support. Six eighth graders from Hillel Day School participated in a “Collaboration Using Student Expert Teams” workshop.
Please note that starting with the 2016-17 school year new students will no longer be required to purchase the Mercy iPad Package if they already own an iPad meeting the minimum storage and model requirements listed below.
Acceptable iPad models and storage capacity:
iPad Pro—128 GB
iPad Air 2—64 GB
iPad Mini 4—64 GB
If you decide to bring your own iPad, your daughter should be the sole user of this iPad and will be required to register the device on the school’s management server and also pay the $50 Mercy app fee.
If you do not own an iPad that meets these minimum requirements then you are required to purchase the Mercy iPad Package. Costs are listed below:
- iPad Air 2-64GB $579.00
- 3-Year AppleCare+ $99.00
- Mercy App Fee and Custom Mercy iPad Case $75.00
- Total $768 (includes $15 order processing fee)
Please visit our iPad FAQs page for more information.
|This was Izzy’s third year leading an iPad orientation session
Three years ago Mercy adopted the iPad as its 1:1 device for the class of 2016. Shortly afterwards we formed a club of ninth grade iPad enthusiasts who named themselves the “iWizards“. Those ninth graders set upon an ambitious project: They would conduct the two and a half hour tech orientation for the next group of ninth graders. While the iWizards now pursue additional projects, they still produce the new student tech orientation before school officially starts. This year every Mercy student will have an iPad, and some of the iWizards who originally formed the club are now seniors. Learning with them over the past three years has been a fabulous experience.
Last Friday (August 14), twenty-four current iWizards provided an orientation for the new students four separate sessions. This actually meant that eight teams of iWizards independently taught sessions with a teacher of their choosing in the room for support.
The process of choosing the subjects, creating the curriculum and presenting the material is a great experience for these young women. They acquire presentation and technical skills but also they gain self-confidence and leadership skills. They hold each other accountable and each year we have been delighted to find that none of the iWizards bail out on the project over the summer.
By all accounts the iWizards did a splendid job on Friday. I have shared a small slice of the experience in the following video:
P.S. New students may apply to become iWizards in October.
Top photo by Gary Morris
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.
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.