iWizards in Action

The Mercy iWizards have been active before classes even begin. On June 24, Anna Sauer and Alyssa Johnston represented MHS at the ISTE Conference in Chicago. On August 17 they conducted the iPad orientation for new students. Enjoy the photos.

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New iPad Info For 2018-19 School Year

On March, 27th, Apple announced the release of a new 9.7 in. iPad that now has Apple Pencil support. As a result we have revised the package available to our new students who choose to buy it from the school and also changed the minimum specs for those choosing to bring in their own iPad.

These changes are outlined below. 

  • Mercy iPad Package which includes an iPad 2018 (Wifi only) 128 GB w/3 Year AppleCare+ ($473), Mercy App Fee ($50) and Custom Mercy iPad Case ($25),Total $563 (includes $15 order processing fee) Apple Pencil can be purchased for additional $89 (optional).
  • Bring your own iPad which meets the minimum requirements set by Mercy High School – Acceptable models and minimum storage capacities: iPad 2018 – 128 GB, iPad Pro 12.9 in. or 10.5 in. screen – 256 GB. $50 app fee still applies. We highly recommend purchasing a two year AppleCare + warranty. Students may also want to consider buying the Apple Pencil.
  • If you are a previously enrolled student purchasing a new Mercy iPad Package.Total cost is $488. $50 app and $25 case fee is waived. Apple Pencil can be purchased for additional $89 (optional). Please allow 5-7 business days for delivery.

You can order the Mercy iPad Package or download the order form from our website.

New students ordering the Mercy iPad Package will receive them in late July to early August from Mercy. All new students (including those bringing their own iPad) will attend an hour long training session at this time to setup their iPads for school use. If you are bringing your own iPad, it will be wiped clean as part of the configuration process. More information on these sessions will be on the school website after July 1st.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call the Mercy IT Dept. at 248-893-3590, or email at tfjames@mhsmi.org

 

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Apple Announces New iPad

Apple has released a new 9.7 inch iPad at their Educational Technology event which took place today in Chicago. The new iPad also supports the use of the Apple Pencil and now offers 200 GB of iCloud storage to students (up from 5 GB!) among other new improvements. As a result we have taken down the iPad ordering page on our website until we know exact pricing details.  If you have any further questions feel free to contact the Mercy IT Dept. at 248-893-3590 or tfjames@mhsmi.org.

Below is a link to Apple’s Press release:

Apple introduces new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support

 

 

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Major Tech Talk Discount for School PD

At Mercy we are very proud of our Tech Talk Conference. This is a one-day K-12 conference catering to all regional educators. This Nov. 2 we will be hosting our sixth event and it promises to be one of the best. The keynote speaker will be former national digital principal of the year and current author/thought leader Eric Sheninger. We also will have a day of workshops and sessions from futurist Eric Weld, focusing on augmented and virtual reality. And as usual our presenters will include the top ed techie rock stars from throughout Michigan.

Through the spring we are offering a group discount of $35 per staff member from schools seeking to provide fantastic PD for small groups or their whole staff. Tell the school leaders you know about this great discount for a conference offering five hour of ed tech sessions, breakfast, lunch, SCECH credit, and a raffle. Visit the web site or contact Ann Lusch for details.

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Upgrading our Performance Infrastructure

The crews that support the Mercy dramatic performances receive terrific training and work hard behind the scenes. Not long ago we upgraded the auditorium with a new sound board. But we are still operating lights with “old school” technology. Always looking for ways to advance her department, Ms. Anne McDougall has applied for a grant to fund the purchase of new lighting. As part of the grant she produced a wonderful video exhibited here.

 

 

The video also mentions replacing the stage floor. As the PF administrator I supported the grant application and will be exploring ways to fund a new stage floor.  We always ask our students to reach for the stars and we want to give them the best tools and facilities to realize their dreams! — L.B.

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iWizard Workshop

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Since their inception in 2012 the Mercy iWizards have held an all day workshop. This year’s occurred on February 8 with seventeen iWizards attending. It was a great day. This is what they worked on and accomplished:

1) The day began with a video conference with Apple Inc., getting suggestions and encouragement for the day’s projects.

2) The students planned a new structure for the new student iPad orientation for 2018-19 school year. They selected topics and for project teams in order to develop the materials for the orientation.

 3) The iWizards who will be presenting at the MACUL Conference in Grand Rapids on March 8, worked very hard on the conference presentation. While others went to the computer lab and began brainstorming on a new iWizard designed app called Splash.

 4) The day ended with video conferences with and Pinch Elementary School in West Virginia and Baker High School in upstate New York.

 Enjoy photos of the day taken by iWizard, Katie Bulloch.

 

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Mercy Ed Tech Book Available at iBooks Store

The Apple Distinguished School program required two major application components:

  1. Mercy had to commit to 85% of its teachers becoming Apple Distinguished Teachers
  2. The school had to submit a multi-touch book which addressed five different areas of innovation using technology.

100% of our teachers (and many other staff) are now Apple Teachers and Education and Technology at Mercy High School Michigan is now available for iOS download at the iBooks Store.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1314626367

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