Ipads - iPad Purchase Options

1. Choose the type of iPad you wish your child to use

The choices of iPads suitable for student use as a digital tool to support their learning as outlined below. It is important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the various iPads before making your choice.
iPad – 32gb or above
  • 2017 model, older models are available from some retailers as a run-out model
iPad Pro 9.7" –  64gb or 128gb
  • 2017 model – available from MAC 1, Apple and most retailers
Due to further advancements with e-textbook technology the students will be required to download more of these in the future. Marian Catholic College is recommending the purchase of a minimum 32gb iPad (or greater). This will allow for all e-textbooks, applications, student work and some personal files to be loaded onto the iPad.
2. Choose the iPad purchase option you wish to use
Purchase from the Online Apple Store, Retail Stores or a pre-owned device.
Regardless of the purchase option you choose, each student will need:
  • An iPad (minumum 32Gb) (Marian Catholic College recommends 32Gb or above)
  • A Strong Protective Cover
Highly recommended:
  • Apple Care Plus Protection Plan (2 year extended hardware warranty and 2 Insurance claims)
  • Insurance coverage for the iPad
Parents are able to add this as a two year extended hardware warranty at an additional cose.
The Apple Care Plus Protection Plan provides repair or replacement coverage, both parts and labour, and includes the following services: the iPad, iPad battery, USB cable, and power adaptor. It also includes telephone software support. Apple Care Plus offers the 2 year hardware warranty as outlined above as well as 2 screen replacements for incidental damage at an approximate cost of $65 per screen replacement. Apple will not cover catastrophic damage. These claims are to take place at an Apple Store.
Although the school cannot mandate insurance for the iPad, parents need to realise that the school insurance will not cover the iPad for theft, loss or damage. Given the robust nature of the school environment, insurance coverage would be very wise. Check first with your current house and contents insurance policy to see if the iPad is already covered for theft, loss or damage. This is best done by reading your policy and confirming the coverage with your insurance provider. If the policy does not cover the iPad, then you may be able to increase your current premium to insure the iPad.
What about the iPad mini/ iPad Pro?

The iPad mini is not suitable for prolonged use at school. The iPad Pro 12.9" is an expensive item and is not recommended for use at school.

3G – implications for your phone account!

All iPads come with optional 3G capacity. This is not essential at school as students will be required to use the school Internet connection. If you do purchase an iPad with 3G capabilities you will require a SIM card with mobile data plan. This will come at an additional cost. Parents do need to realise that if students use the 3G capacity to download movies, music, videos etc it will be very expensive.
iTunes Gift Card
Don’t purchase an iTunes card for school. The Apple Volume Purchase Program for Education allows The College to bulk purchase many of the applications (apps) at half of the normal price for the students. Once bulk purchased the school will download the apps onto each student’s iPad. The app will become the property of the student not the school. The cost to parents will be much less this way.
Strong protective cover
There are many different types of iPad covers on the market. Some are more robust and usable than others. An Internet search will reveal the variety of cover options available on the market. Our advice is to purchase either the Otterbox Defender Case or the Griffin Survivor Case or Lifeproof Case as these covers are extremely robust and
appear to be surviving the test of time. These can be purchased from The Apple Store or Retailers.