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

1:1 iPad Program

The 1:1 iPad Program is the cornerstone of technology in Shorecrest’s Middle and Upper Schools. 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.

Teachers and students have found amazing ways to use these tools across the curriculum! Some of the ways we use iPads at Shorecrest are:
  • As students in 5th grade transition from self-contained classrooms, the Reminders app is critical in fostering organizational skills. Students use it to record homework in each class and set the app to pop up at the end of the day to insure they bring home the correct books needed for homework each night.
  • 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.
  • Notability has become the go-to app for note taking in the Middle School. Teachers begin the year by helping all students set up folders for organize their notes by subject. Student then learn how to supplement their notes with pictures and sketches as well as audio recordings. The built-in backup feature ensures notes are not only backed up on the iPad but also accessible via Google Drive.
  • 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 fifth grade’s Colonizing Mars in Minecraft, sixth grade’s retelling of “The Hobbit” and seventh grade’s original stop-motion animation movies.
  • Eighth graders collect marine ecology data with iPad sensors in marine science classes.
  • Upper School Anatomy students use their iPad and the 123D Sculpt+ app to create 3D models of organs to be printed with the 3D printer in the Makerspace.
  • Tenth grade readers of “Othello” develop a deeper understanding while making Shakespeare’s work appealing to a broader, modern audience through the art of filmmaking. Working in teams, student choose a portion of the script, split up parts, assign production roles, coordinate schedules, plan and storyboard together, and of course, perform together before the camera. Final products are uploaded to YouTube to be shared with others.
  • 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 26 frequently asked questions.

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

    Accepted Models: iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Mini (3rd Generation), iPad Mini (4th Generation), or iPad (5th Generation)
    Storage: At least 32GB, 64GB or higher is preferred
  • 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.

    Students in the Upper School are required to bring an iPad to school. They also have the option to bring a laptop to school in addition to the required iPad. At this time, accepted devices are limited to the MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Each student is required to register his/her laptop with Shorecrest prior to connecting to the school’s network.
  • 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 divisional iPad Contracts. 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.

    Rising 5th grade students and students new to Shorecrest (6-12) will be required to attend an iPad orientation before the start of school. Information regarding orientation times will be sent to families in July.

    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 ones 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
    Features
    Otterbox Defender Case$50 - $90Stand
    Trident Kraken$35 - $70
    Griffen Survivor$35 - $80Stand
    Gumdrop Drop Tech$40 - $60
    Hard Candy Shockdrop$25 - $55Stand
    Incupio Capture Case$25 - $90Adjustable Handle
    ClamCase Pro$130 - $150Stand, 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. Stand-alone wireless keyboards are a good option and can be used with the cases suggesed by Shorecrest's Technology Team.
  • Q. Does my student need a stylus?

    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.
  • Q. What is iTunes and how does it work?

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

    NOTE: Students under the age of 13 cannot register for their own iTunes account. It is recommended parents utilize iTunes Family Sharing feature. This allows parents to create monitored accounts. You can learn more about Family Sharing here.
  • Q. I have more than one student attending Shorecrest in grades 5-12. Can they use the same iTunes account (Apple ID)?

    It is recommended each student attending Shorecrest in grades 5-12 maintain their own separate account. This will ensure each student has their own iCloud storage space for iPad backups. If students share an account, they risk swapping data across devices. Please contact Mr. Chin at jchin@shorecrest.org if you need assistance creating an iTunes account.
  • 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 iPads, 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.

    Rising 5th grade students as well as students new to Shorecrest will attend an initial orientation session where they will be given instruction on how to access the network. Information regarding orientations will be sent to families in July.
  • Q. Who will provide technical support to my student throughout the school year?

    Mr. Jason Chin will serve as your first contact for support. He can answer your questions, assist in setting up devices, and provide technical support. You can also contact Mr. Chin if your child needs a loaner device if your child's device is lost, stolen, or in need of repair. Mr. Chin can be reached at jchin@shorecrest.org and his office is located in the Media Center.
  • 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 Mr. Chin 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 needing assistance to manage storage can set up an appointment with Mr. Chin.

    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.
  • 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.

    There is a current list on this page of required and recommended applications that will be pushed out to students in August. This list is subject to change as new applications are available. In a few cases, a classroom teacher may request students to download a specific application for a particular course. These class-specific apps have been added to the book lists.
  • Q. How will students submit assignments to their teachers?

    Students will use Shorecrest's Haiku 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 server school account.

    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 ClassBook.com which 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, Haiku.
  • 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 Mr. Chin at jchin@shorecrest.org 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 iPads 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 iTunes account. If you need a loaner device, please contact Mr. Chin at jchin@shorecrest.org or stop by his office in the Media Center.
  • 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

    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 his/her advisor as well as his/her 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 jchin@shorecrest.org 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

    Pages (*) - word processor
    Keynote (*) - presentation
    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
    Gmail (F) - email 
    iMovie(*) - video creator
  • Other Recommended Apps

    Creation
    Haiku Deck (F) - presentation
    iMotion HD (F) - stop motion
    VoiceThread (F) - digital storytelling
    Comic Life (*) 

    Reading
    iBooks (F)
    Nook (F)
    Kindle (F)
    OverDrive (F)

    Reference
    Chrome (F)
    Dictionary (F)
    Google Earth (F)
    Wikihood (F)
    Wikipanion (F)
    WikiNodes (F) - High School

    Tools
    Calculator (F)
    My Script Calculator (F)
    Free Graphing Calculator (F)
    Dropbox (F) - cloud storage
    Dragon Dictation (F) - voice to text
    EasyBib (F) - citation maker
    Evernote Peek (F) - study tools
    Skype (F) - conferencing
    StudyBlue (F) - flashcards
    Qrafter (F) - QR Code reader
    Paperport Notes (F) - note taking tool

    Annotation / Recording
    Skitch (F) - image annotation

    Mindmapping
    iBrainstorm (F)
    Popplet Lite (F)
    Idea Sketch (F)
    SimpleMind+ (F)

    Instructional Apps
    iBrainstorm (F)
    Vimeo (F)
    iTunes U (F)

School Information

Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.