Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Eighth Grade BYOD 1:1 iPad Program

The 1:1 iPad Program is the cornerstone of technology in Shorecrest’s Middle School. Since the implementation of the program in 2013, students have taken greater ownership of the learning process and leverage technology to take an active role in choosing and achieving their personal learning goals. With access to so many educational apps, teachers are able to customize learning experiences and students can use apps that best meet their needs. Access to individual devices has also increased the ways students build community and collaborate within the classroom walls and beyond. (Fifth - seventh graders also use iPad devices in a similar program, here.)

Teachers and students have found amazing ways to use these tools across the curriculum! Some of the ways we use iPads at Shorecrest are:
  • The Kindle app, with its built-in dictionary, notetaking and highlighting tools, allow students to organize their thoughts and allows teachers to supplement their curriculum libraries with age-appropriate, leveled reading materials.
  • The assistive technologies built-in to the iPad such as speech-to-text, apps such as Dragon Dictation and Learning Ally, as well as Google Voice assist students in their everyday work while school learning coaches use apps like Articulation and iSequence to build language and support students attending speech therapy.
  • The use of the graphic organizer app Inspiration Maps supports visual learners when taking notes and learning vocabulary.
  • Flashcard apps such as StudyBlue, Quizlet and Flashcards+ engage students in interactive games and study modes to support the learning of vocabulary and other essential concepts.
  • Khan Academy, YouTube, BrainPop and Discovery Education allow students with weaknesses in visual and auditory processing to view materials in many different formats to support differentiated learning.
  • Cross-curricular projects in Middle School that utilize iPads include seventh grade’s original stop-motion animation movies.
  • Eighth graders collect marine ecology data with iPad sensors in marine science classes.
  • P.E. coaches use the app Fitness Buddy to create personalized fitness programs in grades 7 and 8. Many Shorecrest student-athletes continue to use the app as they move to Upper School as a way to track their workouts.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 27 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What are the minimum iPad requirements for my student?

    Accepted Models: iPad 6th Generation; new iPad Air iPad Pro; must run iOS 12 or higher
    Storage: 64GB or higher required; 128GB recommended
  • Q. Can we purchase an iPad through Shorecrest?

    Families cannot purchase an iPad for their student directly through Shorecrest. However, families may purchase through Shorecrest's Family-Funded iPad and Mac Program, which offers the option to access educational pricing to purchase their child's device.
  • Q. What is the policy regarding laptops?

    Students in grades 5-8 may only bring an iPad to school. Laptops are not allowed during the school day. Exceptions may be made by a classroom teacher on a case by case basis.
  • Q. What is expected of my student?

    Students are expected to follow all rules and guidelines outlined in Shorecrest's Responsible Use Policy for Educational Technology (RUP) and iPad Contract. Updated policies and contracts will be sent to families during the summer. Students will review the policies and contracts within their advisory programs during the first week of school. All students will be required to signed an iPad contract.

    Additionally, students are expected to:
    • Bring a fully-charged iPad to school each day.
    • Be the only user of the device. Students may not share devices with classmates.
    • Keep the iPad with them or secured in their locker.
    • Keep the iPad in its protective case or covering, ensuring that corners are covered properly.
    • Clearly label the iPad with one's name.
    • Keep a security passcode on their device.
  • Q. What cases do you recommend for the iPad?

    All students must have a case for their iPad. In selecting a case, protection for the glass screen and impact protection at the corners is critical. All four corners of the iPad must be covered. The following cases have been found to provide good protection and have the fewest incidents of breakage:

    iPad CaseEstimated Price Range
    OtterBox Defender Case$50 - $90Stand
    Supcase Unicorn Beetle$30 - $50
    Griffen Survivor$30 - $70
    Zugu Case$50 - $60Stand, Holds Apple Pencil
    Logitech Rugged$50  - $70Stand, Holds Apple Pencil, Keyboard
    Logitech Slim Folio$80 - $100Stand, Keyboard
    Zagg Rugged Messenger$90 - $110Stand, Keyboard
  • Q. Does my student need a keyboard?

    While not required, many students find a keyboard extremely helpful. Unfortunately, most cases with built-in keyboards have poor protection and are more prone to cracked screens and/or breaks when dropped. If you choose an all-in-one case, look for one that protects all four corners of the device (i.e. Zagg or Logitech). Stand-alone wireless keyboards are also a good option.
  • Q. Does my student need a stylus or Apple Pencil?

    A stylus is recommended for drawing diagrams and handwriting notes. Students find using a stylus especially helpful when writing scientific and mathematical formulas and equations. Some teachers may require a stylus for their class. A stylus can be used on any device. 

    Students can also use an Apple Pencil with devices that support it.
  • Q. What is iTunes and how does it work?

    In order to use an iPad, students must have their own Apple ID. This ID allows users to buy and manage apps, music, photos, and documents on their iPads. Students should create their ID with a family or personal, non-Shorecrest email address. Creating an Apple ID is part of the setup process on new devices.

    NOTE: Students under the age of 13 cannot register for their own Apple ID account. It is recommended parents utilize Apple's Family Sharing feature. This allows parents to create monitored child accounts under their own account . You can learn more about Family Sharing here.
  • Q. I have more than one student attending Shorecrest. Can they use the same Apple ID?

    Each student attending Shorecrest in grades 5-12 must maintain their own separate account. This will ensure each student has their own iCloud storage space for device backups. If students share an account, they risk swapping data across devices. Please contact Mrs. Hathcoat at if you need assistance creating an Apple ID.
  • Q. How will the iPads be managed by the school?

    Each student iPad brought onto campus is required to join our network. Joining the Shorecrest network will allow students to access the school's wireless system, utilize campus printers, and allow students to download applications purchased on their behalf. When students register their iPad, they will have access to our Self Service application that will allow the download of apps as well.

    Returning students will receive an email during the first week of school to re-authenticate their access to the Shorecrest network.
  • Q. Who will provide technical support to my student throughout the school year?

    Mrs. Alice Hathcoat, Shorecrest's Technology Support Specialist, will serve as your first contact for support. She can answer your questions, assist in setting up devices, and provide technical support. You can also contact Mrs. Hathcoat if your child needs a loaner device if a child's device is lost, stolen, or in need of repair. Mrs. Hathcoat can be reached at or 727-522-2111 x616. Her office is located in Haskell Library (subject to change.)

    If Mrs. Hathcoat is not available, you can reach out to Mr. Jason Chin at
  • Q. Will students be trained on how to use their iPad and required applications?

    Instruction will be offered throughout the school year by classroom teachers as well as the Technology Team. Video tutorials and other online teaching materials will be provided to students and parents throughout the year via Ebytes and through email blasts. Students and parents can make an appointment with Mrs. Hathcoat ( or Dr. Baralt ( at any time for additional support.
  • Q. What happens if my student's iPad runs out of storage space?

    Students with a high volume of personal media such as photos, videos, music, etc. may encounter storage issues with their devices. Additionally, many game applications can eat up the iPad's storage capacity. Students who need assistance to manage storage can set up an appointment with Mrs. Hathcoat.

    Students can manage their storage on their own through their iPad settings by going to Settings > General > Usage. 

    Students are required to backup their iPads to either a home or school computer. An alternative storage solution is to use Apple's cloud storage called iCloud. Each Apple ID has 5GB of free storage. Additional storage can be purchased:

    50 GB for $0.99 / month
    200 GB for $2.99 / month
    1 TB for $9.99 / month

    Here is more information on how to purchase or upgrade iCloud storage. Here are some additional tips for managing storage.
  • Q. What iPad apps will my student be required to download?

    Every student iPad brought on to the Shorecrest campus will be enrolled on our network. This will allow us to 'push out' key applications students will need throughout the school year. Additionally, students can download paid required apps from our school's Self Service store at no cost.
  • Q. How will students submit assignments to their teachers?

    Students will use Shorecrest's PowerSchool learning management system on a daily basis. Students will use this system to upload assignments to their teachers. Additionally, students will be able to 'share' documents and other files with teachers utilizing Google Drive.
  • Q. What is Google Drive?

    Google Drive is a cloud-based document system where students can create and store word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Files can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and files can also be shared with other students for collaboration.

  • Q. How does my child backup applications, music, and photos from the iPad?

    Students are encouraged to synchronize their iPads with their iTunes account regularly. This synchronization can take place on a home computer, or students can use their school account hosted on our servers.

    Additionally, students can store documents within their Google Drive or subscribe to cloud-based services such as iCloud or DropBox.
  • Q. Now that students have iPads, what will happen to textbooks?

    Shorecrest has partnered with an online provider that will provide a 'one-stop-shop' for access to digital texts. At this time, approximately 70% of textbooks and other reading materials such as class novels have a digital option in the bookstore.

    Additionally, teachers will utilize other online materials to supplement the curriculum. Links to these materials will be posted through our learning management system, PowerSchool Learning.
  • Q. Can students download game and social networking applications to their devices?

    An essential 21st century skill is for students to become responsible users of technology tools. This includes learning how to care and maintain a mobile computing device on their own. While teachers will not 'police' each iPad to see what applications are downloaded on student devices, they may ask students to remove inappropriate applications or applications that distract the student during the school day. Use of the iPad is governed by Shorecrest's Responsible Use Policy as well as the iPad Contract signed before the start of school.

    Shorecrest personnel have the right to examine a student’s iPad at any time for the purpose of verifying that the content and usage of the device is in compliance with school policies. Students who are found to abuse this privilege by using gaming or social networking sites during class will have restrictions enabled on their device by the school.

  • Q. What is Find My iPhone and should I set it up?

    Find My iPhone is a free app that will allow you to locate a missing device on a map, play a sound, display a message, lock your device, or erase all data on it remotely. The Technology Team recommends you setup this app on your child's device. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Hathcoat at if you need assistance or refer to this link.
  • Q. What happens if my child's iPad is dropped or lost?

    Shorecrest will have loaner iPad devices available for checkout to students who are awaiting iPad repairs or replacement. Loaners may be checked out for up to two weeks. Shorecrest's Technology Team will help setup the temporary iPad with the student's Apple ID. If you need a loaner device, please contact Mrs. Hathcoat at or stop by her office in the Haskell Library.
  • Q. Where can I take my iPad for repair?

    If you purchased an extended warranty for your device through Apple (AppleCare), you must take the device to an Apple certified repair facility. Shorecrest cannot make the repair; however, we can assist with backing up the device and provide a loaner if needed.

    NOTE: If you take a device with a warranty to a non-certified repair facility, you will void the warranty.

    If you did not purchase an extended warranty, here are some local repair facilities:

    iCell and Repair (St. Pete)
    5225 4th St North A
    (727) 369-6811
    Will give a 10% discount for Shorecrest community members.

    CPR - Cell Phone Repair (St. Pete)  
    1472 66th Street N. 
    (727) 289-7065 

    CPR - Cell Phone Repair (Largo)
    10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 206
    (727) 433-8277

    iClinic (Pinellas Park)
    6251 Park Blvd
    (727) 851-9507
  • Q. What happens if my student's iPad is stolen at school?

    A student should report a missing iPad immediately to their advisor as well as their school front office. The Technology Team can then assist the student in locating the device utilizing the Find My iPhone application. If the iPad is not recovered, it will be the family's responsibility to provide a new device. Shorecrest is not responsible for the loss, theft or damage of any personally owned devices.

    A loaner device can be checked out to the student until purchase/replacement of the device can be made.
  • Q. How do I keep my student from downloading apps without my permission?

    Parents may utilize Restrictions/Parental Controls through the iPad's General settings to secure student devices to prevent students from downloading apps without permission or supervision. (It should be noted that this will prevent students from being able to download needed applications during the school day.) These restrictions can be locked with a passcode to prevent students from changing them. More information can be found here.

    Additionally, parents can monitor applications downloaded to a student's device by setting up the device (iTunes account) with a parent email address rather than a student email address. iTunes sends emails to the email address on file after purchases are made.

    If you need assistance with Restrictions/Parental Controls, please contact Mr. Chin at or stop by his office in the Media Center.
  • Q. How do I ensure content downloaded by my student is age appropriate?

    Parents may utilize Restrictions/Parental Controls through General settings to manage the ratings for music, podcasts, movies, tv shows, books, and apps. These settings can be locked with a passcode to prevent students from changing them. More information on how to setup this controls can be found here.
  • Q. I used my credit card to setup my student's iTunes account. How do I prevent my child from making unnecessary purchases?

    If this is of concern, it is recommended you utilize iTunes gift cards for purchasing and disable the auto-charge to credit card function through your iTunes account. Here are directions on how to disable the credit card from Apple support.
  • Q. Will my student be able to print from the iPad?

    Yes. Students will be able to print wirelessly to printers across campus.

Required and Recommended Apps

List of 3 items.

  • iPad Apps Information

    An asterisk (*) denotes a paid app purchased for the student by Shorecrest. Students will need to use Self Service to download this application at the start of the school year.

    An (F) denotes a free app students can download from Self Service or through iTunes.

    A (P) denotes a paid app students can download on their own through iTunes, if interested.
  • Required Student Apps

    Notability (*) - note taking
    InspirationMaps (*) - concept mapping 
    Explain Everything (*) - video creator
    Educreations (*) - video creator
    Book Creator (*) - book maker
    Puffin (*) - web browser (Flash)
    Garage Band (*) - audio/music creator
    Google Drive (F) - document storage
    Google Docs (F) - word processor
    Google Sheets (F) - spreadsheet
    Google Slides (F) - presentation
    Gmail (F) - email 
    iMovie(*) - video creator
  • Other Recommended Apps

    Haiku Deck (F) - presentation
    iMotion HD (F) - stop motion
    Comic Life (*) 

    iBooks (F)
    Kindle (F)
    OverDrive (F)

    Chrome (F)
    Dictionary (F)
    Google Earth (F)

    Calculator (F)
    My Script Calculator (F)
    Free Graphing Calculator (F)
    Dropbox (F) - cloud storage
    Dragon Dictation (F) - voice to text
    StudyBlue (F) - flashcards
    Qrafter (F) - QR Code reader

    Annotation / Recording
    Skitch (F) - image annotation

    Popplet Lite (F)

    Instructional Apps
    iTunes U (F)
    BrainPop (F)

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