Belen Jesuit Empowers Students with the Essential Skills to Thrive and Lead at the College Level

Belen Jesuit is committed to preparing its students to be leaders in a twenty-first century global society and thus provides its students and teachers with the technology to develop and teach the necessary skills. We strive to afford our educational community the essential conditions for technology to fulfill its promise in education—shared vision, access to hardware and software, professional development, technical assistance, content and technology standards, curriculum resources, student-centered teaching, assessment, and community support.

Belen Jesuit must prepare students for the world they will inhabit, where computer literacy and technology skills are not optional. As educators, the responsibility falls on us to help our students learn to use technology effectively and ethically. This technological literacy is best learned when students are engaged in authentic learning and assessment on a device that they can access anytime and anywhere.

Belen chose the iPad as the tool to enrich and support its rigorous college preparatory curriculum.  The program began in 2012-2013 with all grades 6th through 12th receiving an iPad which is refreshed every two years.  The initiative brings information to our students' fingertips and provides limitless opportunites for learning as teachers can extend the walls of their classrooms.

The iPad affords the opportunity to combine education with technology and creativity.  All courses use e-texts and ebooks in addition to school approved apps.  The iPad is not a replacement for skilled teaching and quality content, but rather a twentieth century educational tool.  Belen students will be better prepared for college and the work world where technology touches everything.

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iPad 1:1 Program Benefits/Goals

  • Student Access to real-time information 24/7
  • Alleviating the textbook load and heavy bags by adopting e-books and/or re-designing the curriculum without traditional textbooks
  • Increased motivation and enthusiasm for student learning
  • Facilitating creativity in learning
  • Better student engagement in the learning process—move from passive to active learning

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 18 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. So why the iPad versus other devices?

    The Technology Committee compared more than 10 tablets, laptops and notebooks ranging from the iPad to the Kindle to the MacBook to the IBM Lenovo Thinkpad. They compared the devices’ price, height, width, depth, weight, display size, display color, battery life, storage, memory, DVD drives, ports, eReader capability and flash support. After much discussion and debate, a consensus was reached that the Apple iPad was the most suitable device that would support the top 5 benefits/goals noted by the committee members at the best price point and with the longest battery life (10 hours).
  • Q. Can students charge iPads at school?

    The iPad is required to be at school every day fully charged. Charging stations will not be provided. Students should get into the habit of charging them overnight.
  • Q. Given that all the iPads look the same, how can a student ensure his iPad will not be confused with another student's iPad?

    A student should treat his iPad as he would any other valuable possession. A student should also affix the iPad label provided by Belen Jesuit bearing his name to any cover to which his iPad is attached. Finally, and most important, he should always take care to keep his iPad secure. He should never leave it unattended. If he puts his iPad in his locker, he should make sure that his locker is safely locked.
  • Q. How will the school handle physical damage of a device?

    AppleCare+ for iPad extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPad and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee. ANY iPad damage must be reported to the Technology Department IMMEDIATELY via email at support@belenjesuit.org. All repairs including cracked screens must be handled through the Technology Department. The Technology Team will evaluate the iPad and order a replacement if necessary. DO NOT visit an Apple Retail Store Genius Bar for a repair unless authorized by the Belen Jesuit Technology Department. Failure to comply with this policy will result in a $50.00 iPad configuration fee.
  • Q. What happens if the iPad is lost or stolen?

    The student is financially responsible for the full cost of a lost or stolen iPad. Students must keep track of their own iPads. It is the student’s responsibility to keep his iPad safe and secure. The iPad should never be left unattended anywhere; this includes the halls, central patio, cafeteria, gym, locker room, fields, café Belen, library, unlocked classrooms or parking lot. The iPad should be secured in a locker or locked classroom while the student is attending extracurricular activities.
  • Q. Can my student use a case of his choice?

    Absolutely! You can use any case you want to. We highly recommend that you purchase a very sturdy protective case for your son’s iPad such as the Logitech Rugged Combo, STM dux case, Otter Box Defender or the Griffin Survivor to help protect your investment in this tool. Get what works best for you!
  • Q. Does the iPad take the place of all textbooks?

    All textbooks will be available in digital format with the exception of workbooks.
  • Q. How will teachers use the iPad in their classes?

    The short answer is that teachers will use the iPad as a tool to enrich student learning, based on 21st Century teaching models. Among them will be to access information beyond the four walls of the classroom, to analyze material from a variety of sources, to communicate a student’s findings and conclusions, and to engage with other learners. An iPad is an additional tool similar to chalk, LCD projectors, online grades, and many other resources that enhance student learning.
  • Q. Will the iPad be used all of the time in every class?

    The iPad will be used in class at the discretion of the teacher. There will certainly be times when traditional paper and pencil will be used. It is like any tool we use in our classrooms, and there is nothing that we use 100% of the time.
  • Q. So Belen Jesuit monitors iPad usage at school, but who monitors it at home?

    That is the responsibility of the parents. It is Belen Jesuit’s belief that when off campus, parents have the full authority to restrict iPad usage. Examples of this include:
    • Your student may use it in the family room but not in their bedroom.
    • Your student can use it until a certain time in the evening or until their homework is complete.
    • Parents can examine the documents and other content of the iPad at any time. You have that right as a parent.
    • The use of Restrictions under General in Settings
  • Q. Can students buy games? What sort of management will the school put on the student iPads?

    Students MAY ONLY DOWNLOAD APPS FROM the App Catalog found on their school issued iPad. If inappropriate apps (such as games, texting, shopping, sports, music and social media) are discovered, students will be issued a $50.00 fine per incident. The iPad is an educational tool intended to facilitate teaching and learning in the 21st century; our goal is to better engage students in the learning process.  Innovations and relevance in education are hallmarks of Jesuit education. We have put the aforementioned restrictions in place based on our experience over the past three years and in response to our faculty and parents' input and requests. The goal is to remove potential distractions to the educational process and teach responsible use of the iPad.
  • Q. What happens if my student downloads too many expensive apps without my permission; apps unrelated to school work? Will I be able to refund those items?

    All of Apple’s app sales are final, so it is essential that you discuss this with your son. If your student currently is downloading songs or videos from iTunes, most likely you already have had this discussion. Apple IDs can be created with no credit card. You can also set up an allowance-type account and/or use Apple iTunes gift cards for app purchases. Information about Apple ID’s can be found at http://www.apple.com/support/appleid/ 
  • Q. There is unsuitable content on the internet. Is there any type of filtering?

    Belen Jesuit Preparatory School has web filtering active to prevent inappropriate content and malicious web content while the student is connected at school. But that is only when the student is connected at school. While connected to Wi-Fi in other places, the student will have to use the internet responsibly just as he does at home.
  • Q. What happens if my student loses his or her data?

    Belen Jesuit will not have a backup of your student’s data. The easiest option is to use iCloud to backup all the data on the iPad at least once a week, or at whatever interval you choose (note: if he loses data, the backup will only restore all content up to the time of the backup, so anything added or changed in the intervening time will be lost). To set up the backup features in an iOS device either through iCloud or iTunes, go to: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766.  For specifically saving documents, pictures or presentations we recommend Google Drive.
  • Q. What about backing up information? Can it be placed on the school network?

    Each student is expected to back up his own information in a timely fashion via iCloud, Dropbox or GoogleDrive. They may not store their files on the school network.
  • Q. May I jailbreak my iPad?

    No, students may not jailbreak their iPad as it voids the warranty. If you jailbreak (process of removing limitations imposed by the manufacturer) your iPad, you are responsible for the cost of the device.
  • Q. What kinds of activities or content are prohibited in the classroom?

    The general rule is that if there is something a student should be doing, then that’s what they should be doing. If the class is researching something, then that’s what all students should be doing; if students are on their own time, then they can choose what to spend their time on. Just as a student can get a detention for being disruptive in class or listening to their music instead of their teachers, they can get a detention for doing something on their iPad other than what they should be doing.
  • Q. Aren't kids already overexposed to technology and social media?

    We are aware of the dangers associated with overexposure to technology and social media. Our job as educators and parents is to make sure that students know those dangers, too, and become smart users of their mobile and computing devices. Your student’s teachers will help in that endeavor, but parents play an important role in this educational component. Teachers will be trained to use the right tool at the right time. Sometimes it makes sense to put pen to paper or turn the pages of a book, whether those are paper pages or electronic pages. Sometimes it's important just to listen or to have a group discussion. And sometimes it's essential to use an iPad to find the best answers, synthesize mountains of information, and create something dynamic that will help transform our world. We also want to create a level playing field, without digital haves and have-nots. The iPad program goal is to ensure that every student has the necessary digital tools to aid his or her education and growth.

TECH SUPPORT HOURS

 The Technology Center is open on school days from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm
 
For support contact the Tech Team at support@belenjesuit.org
Technology can become the "wings" that will allow the educational world to fly farther and faster than ever before--if we allow it.
       
                -Jenny Arledge
BELEN JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email: webmaster@belenjesuit.org
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.