Fenn students using iPads


Which iPad is recommended? Minimum specs?

For boys beginning Fenn’s one-to-one program in the grade 4-8, Fenn will supply a Fenn-owned iPad. 

For boys in Fenn’s one-to-one program in grade 9, we are asking families to purchase the iPad, protective case, and earbuds directly. 

Recommended for 2021-2022 is the 10.2-inch iPad Wi-Fi 128GB - Space Gray (7th generation).

We also recommend the Logitech Rugged Combo 3 case with keyboard. Note: There is a 10-12 week lead time for these cases. An alternate protective case can be found at local and online retailers. 

If you can find a iPad 9.7in 128GB (6th gen; 2018 version) for sale, it will meet the minimum specs.

We recommend extended Apple Care+ for covering warranty and accidental breakage but this is a parent decision.


Do I need a stylus?

This is a family decision in grades 4-9. Fenn is not recommending although we acknowledge that some students may find a stylus useful. 
There are so many different stylus options on the market that Fenn hesitates to recommend one over another but the LogiTech Crayon stylus ($60) is a great option and works without paring on the iPad. Apple Pencil is $99.

Are there any other accessories, such as headphones/earbuds, I need to purchase with the iPad?

Students in grade 9 can purchase earbuds (wired), especially for modern language projects and for creating videos and making podcasts. The Apple wired earbuds are perfectly acceptable. Please do not bring expensive, over the ear headphones, such as Beats or Sony, to campus. Students in grades 4-8 with Fenn owned iPad will be given wired earbuds.

Will there be tech support for my iPad?

Fenn’s Technology Department will provide basic troubleshooting when boys encounter problems at school, as well as training on how to use the iPad efficiently.  For boys in grades 4-8, Fenn will handle repairs of the iPads. For boys in grade 9, families will be responsible for repair costs.
All families will be responsible for repair costs in accordance with AppleCare+ terms and conditions.
The Fenn Technology Department will maintain a help desk to troubleshoot issues students may have with their devices. Support@fenn.org.

May students opt out of the iPad program?


Will I be required to purchase apps for the iPad? If so, what apps will I need?

Yes, though every attempt will be made to hold down costs in this regard. Families may also be required to download additional paid and free apps throughout the year.

Students in grades 4-8 will have apps provided by Fenn for educational use.

This list will be Updated by September 1, 2021.


How should I set up the iPad with Apple ID, iCloud and iTunes settings?

  • Using or Creating a Student Apple ID: If your son is 13 years old or older and he already has an Apple ID, he can use that for Fenn’s iPad program in grade 9. If he doesn’t have an Apple ID or you want to create a new one just for Fenn iPad program, you can create one during the iPad set up (for new iPads) or by using Apple’s Apple ID website: http://appleid.apple.com. Here are directions for creating an Apple ID:https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203993.

  • If your son is under 13 years old and in grade 9, Fenn recommends using Apple’s “Family Sharing” option to create your son’s Apple ID.  To use Family Sharing, a parent must have an Apple ID and an Apple device in order to use Apple’s Family Sharing program. IMPORTANT: If your son is under 13 years old and you do not have an Apple ID or an Apple iPad or Mac to create an Apple ID with Family Sharing, please email jlaplante@fenn.org.
  • If your son is in grades 4-8, a Fenn Apple ID will be assigned for them to use with the Fenn owned iPad.

In order to set up Family Sharing and create an Apple ID, a parent must have:

  • An Apple ID signed in to iCloud and iTunes

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8 and later, or Mac with OS X Yosemite and later

Directions to set up Family Sharing can be found here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201088

Fenn also recommends that you configure the “Find my iPad” feature when setting up your iPad. This will allow you to remotely erase the iPad if it is lost and even locate it on a map. Fenn will also provide loaner iPads to students whose iPads are missing if purchased via Fenn's purchase program. The information from a lost iPad can be easily transferred to a loaner or new iPad using Apple’s iCloud backup service.


Should I get insurance for the iPad?

You may want to consider purchasing an insurance policy for theft/loss through the Worth Ave. Group - www.worthavegroup.com. You may also wish to consult with your own insurance carrier to see whether your current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy provides any coverage for personal electronic devices.

Will students be allowed to use other personal devices like laptop or iPad mini or surface tablets?

No. After careful research and discussion, Fenn has decided that the Apple iPad is our portable technology learning tool of choice and the only tablet device that students will be able to bring to school.

What type of parental controls, backup and web filtering will there be for the iPad?

What follows is a brief summary of each option.
Restrictions (Parental Controls). Restrictions allow parents to prevent access to specific features.  You can choose to restrict access to applications including In-App-Purchases, prevent access to specific content types, as well as to prevent changes to specific settings.  Restrictions can be accessed by clicking on the settings icon, then clicking on the “General” tab under “Settings.” Scroll down on the right hand side of the screen and click on the “Restrictions” tab. IF you set this up, DO NOT FORGET THE RESTRICTIONS PASSCODE. There is no option for restoring the iPad if a parent forgets this code. Restoring to factory settings is the only option.
Backup. It is important that students backup information on their iPad using the iCloud service on the iPad. The iPad needs to be plugged into power, connected to WiFi, and locked in order for the iCloud back up to automatically run.
ScreenTime monitoring. Apple's latest feature of iOS 12. With Screen Time, you can access real-time reports about how muchtime you spend on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and set limits for what you want to manage. Screen Time — a new feature of iOS 12 — lets you know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites, and more.
Web Filtering.Web Filtering software gives parents control over the websites their children can visit. There are many different solutions available. OpenDNS is one example this type of service.  With OpenDNS, web filtering a setting is changed on either the device or the home router so that questionable websites will be filtered. When on campus, iPad use on Fenn's wireless network will be filtered for content and enrolled in our device management system for school app deployment.
Though Apple and third party app designers intend control of these aspects of the iPad to be easily understandable for the user, sometimes a little help is needed.  Fenn’s tech support is happy to offer this assistance in order to allow you to set-up the device in a manner which best supports your family’s management objectives for the device.

Can I set limits on screen time for my son?

Only for family owned device in grade 9. First and foremost, the iPad is a parent-owned, personal learning device, not a student-owned gaming device. This message will be reinforced at Fenn by teachers and the Fenn Technology Department. Parents are also encouraged to check in with their son about the amount of screen time relative to Fenn's homework guidelines and to encourage him to put away the iPad when it’s not necessary for his learning or research especially if your son has been using the device for a prolonged period of time.

Where can I resell my son’s iPad after he graduates from Fenn?

While we expect that your son will find the iPad useful after he departs Fenn, we recognize that some families may wish to trade-in the device upon their son’s graduation. Fenn, like the majority of schools with 1-1 technology programs, do not have a large enough re-sale market to make offering a buyback program effective.
Instead, Fenn suggests that families research the many technology buyback options offered by major “brick and mortar” and online retailers (Apple, Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, BestBuy, Game Stop, etc.) as well as those online companies who specialize in buying back technology (Gazelle, NextWorth, USell, PowerMax, etc.). The major retailers tend to offer gift cards in exchange for used devices while the latter offer cash (and free shipping of devices) for the devices. All companies offer a free estimate of what you can expect for the device prior to shipping the device and prior to your agreement to buy-back terms.
For more information regarding buy-back programs and estimated returns, we recommend the article “How and Where to Trade-In Your Old iPad for the Most Cash or Store Credit,” written by Shane Cole and published in the online journal AppleInsider last fall (November 1, 2013).
*A couple of important notes regarding trading in a device:
  • Fenn has no financial relationship with any of the companies mentioned in this section or any direct experience reselling iPads or other electronic devices to these companies. Therefore, no endorsement should be implied indirectly or directly by its mention of these services. The names are provided as a starting point for research.
  • Buyback prices seem to be highest for devices which have not been engraved and which still have the original device charger and original charging cord.
  • Some of these companies may purchase damaged or non-working devices, though obviously not for as much of a return a devices in good working condition.


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