Duchesne Academy commits to the use of technology in order to:
- Assist in the development of critical thinking and communication skills
- Open new avenues to intellectual growth
- Increase awareness of social issues and involvement in social justice
- Broaden the communication base among the members of the Sacred Heart community
- Live Goal Five: Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom
- Encourage young women to consider careers in technology fields where they are under-represented, and to develop the skills that will keep them competitive in an increasingly technology-oriented work force
Frequently Asked Questions
How long has Duchesne had a technology program? Our technology program began in the 2001-2002 school year and has gone through several device changes over the years. Our current device, the iPad, was introduced during the 2011-2012 school year.
Why are the students provided with iPads rather than laptops? Studies have shown that students who take notes by hand, either on paper or on an iPad, learn significantly more compared to students who type their notes on a laptop. With the iPad, our students have a digital hand-writing option, which allows them to complete lecture guides and homework in math, science, and language classes where a traditional laptop and keyboard is not adequate.
What technology skills will my student learn? Sophomore students are required to take Computer Essentials during the first quarter of their sophomore year. This course is designed to aid students, as new owners, in the management and use of their iPads. Students will learn the essentials of device usage and maintenance, appropriate and ethical communications, and applications necessary for classroom work and full participation in courses at Duchesne. Principles of copyright, plagiarism, and Fair Use will also be discussed.
What is cost of the iPad and is there insurance for the iPad? The iPad “package” for each 2016-2017 sophomore student is $1200. Below are the items included in the iPad package.
- Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 128GB
- 3-Year AppleCare+ Warranty for iPad
- Apple Pencil
- Duchesne-Approved Apps
- ZAGGKeys Rugged Folio for 9.7-inch iPad Pro
THE 3-YEAR APPLECARE+ WARRANTY FOR IPAD COVERS TWO (2) REPLACEMENTS AS A RESULT OF “ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE”. THE COST OF EACH REPLACEMENT IS $49 PLUS TAX. THIS COST IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR, DUE TO THIS YEAR’S IPAD PACKAGE INCLUDING THE APPLE PENCIL. ALSO, ANY REPAIRS REQUIRED THAT ARE NOT CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS.
All students are required to have a working iPad. If your daughter’s iPad incurs accidental damage, she will need to bring it to Duchesne’s Director of Technology, Mr. Schlesiger. He will work directly with Apple to facilitate the replacement of the iPad.
When does our sophomore daughter receive her iPad? In the spring of your daughter’s freshman year, a letter will be sent to your home outlining the details of the iPad package for the following year. Payments are included in fees. Mr. Schlesiger will inventory your daughter’s iPad and have it, as well as the other items included in the package, ready for pickup at the “Out-of-Box” Day event, prior to the start of the school year. During this event, your daughter will walk through unboxing her iPad, turning it on, and configuring it for use at school (Private Wi-Fi, Email Setup, Printing App).
Are there computers available for my freshman daughter, who won’t have an iPad? Our Library has both a mobile laptop cart and a mobile iPad cart available for checkout by freshman teachers who want to use technology in their classrooms. When these carts are not checked out, they are available to students in the Library. Our Library, as well as our Layout Lab, also have desktop computers open for students use throughout the day and during their study halls.
Do we have to buy our daughter’s iPad through Duchesne or can we provide our own? You must use the iPad selected by Duchesne’s Technology Committee, as this ensures that all students are using the same hardware and software. This standardization allows for the Help Desk to best serve the needs of your daughter throughout the school day.
What are my daughter’s responsibilities concerning her iPad? Your daughter is responsible for backing up her iPad regularly, being a responsible/ethical user, and reporting any problems she may have to the Director of Technology.
What does my daughter do if she has a problem (non-damage related) with her iPad? Your daughter can email our Help Desk at DASHhelpdesk@duchesneacademy.org or see someone from the Technology Department. They will work with your daughter to troubleshoot the problem.
Does the school block certain websites? Yes, Duchesne’s technology infrastructure includes both a firewall and spam filter to block inappropriate sites, as well as sites perceived to be a distraction to learning.
Do the students and teachers use technology to communicate? Yes, all students are issued a school email account, which they can access both on and off campus. In addition, all teachers have courses in our online learning management system, DASHboard, which students can access both on and off campus. DASHboard is used for communicating with teachers, submitting homework assignments, participating in discussion forums, and taking assessments.
For additional questions concerning the Technology Program at Duchesne, please contact our Director of Technology: