One of the more empowering aspects of Jesuit education is that we have a pretty clear vision of the people our students are becoming when they cross the graduation threshold. In fact, the characteristics are laid out specifically in the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation. As such, new programs are filtered through the Grad at Grad lens.
The iPad program was no exception. When we began planning our 1:1 iPad program over four years ago, we had to make the distinction that we were a Jesuit school with an iPad program, not an iPad school. With that in mind, we looked to the Profile of the Grad and Grad and saw that the graduate of a Jesuit school should view “emerging technology as potentially supportive to personal and professional growth.”
It’s no secret these days that mobile technology has the power to transform how we work, live, and learn; however, we had to meet our students and faculty where they are. We knew that access would transform our connectedness to each other and to powerful productivity tools, so we started with workflow in which apps such as Google Drive, Notability, and myHomework quickly became augmented forms of their paper equivalent.
Additionally, students are showing teachers their own learning tools. Since our students’ devices are not locked down with security software, students and teachers are free to share ideas about how they hack their learning, thus engaging in a dialogue about tools which are “supportive to personal and professional growth.”