1:1 iPad Program
As a pioneer in academic excellence, Mother McAuley believes that effective integration of technology into the curriculum leads to innovative learning and higher levels of student achievement. In August 2014, we transitioned to a 1:1 iPad program.
"Today’s students are immersed in a digital world. Mobile communication has changed the way people learn and work," says Principal, Eileen Boyce O'Reilly '03. "After careful research and review, we believe that the iPad is the best instrument to prepare our students for their 21-century educations and careers."
Mother McAuley was the first single-gender, private high school in the Chicago Southland to launch an iPad initiative with the introduction of our pilot program in September 2013. Prior to that, we had been using iPads in select science classes since 2010. Research from the pilot program revealed that parents, teachers and students agree that instruction and learning is enhanced through the use of the iPad.
“We have found the iPad to be a versatile tool and resource to enhance learning for our students,” says O'Reilly. “It meets the needs of various learning styles and prepares our students for their future education and careers in a technology-driven world.”
For the 2016 - 2017 school year, families were responsible for purchasing an iPad for their student(s). The one-time cost of an iPad is approximately $675, whereas the annual cost of traditional textbooks is between $500 and $700. As publishers expand their eBook offerings, so too will McAuley’s eBook options, providing to families a significant savings versus the cost of textbooks. Cumulatively, families may see upwards of $1,500 in savings through a student’s high school career.
“Beyond the academic and economic advantages of the program, we see value in the tangible offerings for students and teachers – from complementing our school-wide ‘going green’ initiative, to easing the often heavy load of books that students carry, to providing a powerful tool to students and teacher to create engaging and interactive learning environments,” says O'Reilly.