Goals for Technology

The goals for the iPad program and technology use at DCHS are:

  • Students will use technology as a tool to dig deeper into God’s Word to understand His perfect plan for their lives.
  • Students will have access to content from a variety of resources in a variety of styles tailored to how they learn best.
  • Students will collaborate with teachers, professionals and peers, both at DCHS and other schools, to enhance learning.
  • Teachers will encourage students to utilize the tools available to dig deeper into areas that interest them.
  • Teachers will utilize technology to collaborate with other teachers in their disciplines at other schools.
  • Teachers will organize content in Moodle so they and their students have quick access to important learning material.

Policies and Procedures

In the past, we have charged a fee of $125/year in order to pay for the $500 device over four years. Since many DCHS families already have an iPad, we have transitioned to asking parents to provide the device. 

Purchasing an iPad will be a requirement unless the family already has an iPad their child may use during school hours. We believe appropriately using this resource is essential for adapting to your child’s individual learning style and preparing them for college.

Types of iPads

The following iPads are approved for use at DCHS:

Device

Storage

Connectivity

Starting Price

iPad mini 2/3/4 16 GB or larger WiFi or WiFi + Cellular $379
iPad (5th generation) 16 GB or larger WiFi or WiFi + Cellular $329
iPad Air/Air 2 16 GB or larger WiFi or WiFi + Cellular $399
iPad Pro 9.7″/10.5″/13″ 32 GB or larger WiFi or WiFi + Cellular $649/$799

Each of the above iPads provides the full functionality needed for use at DCHS. Students will not have an advantage by purchasing a more expensive device.

At this time DCHS will not support other tablets or laptops. Having a myriad of different devices causes teachers to spend more time on synchronizing technology than teaching the actual material.

Purchase of Apps and Books

It will be the responsibility of the families to purchase required apps for their students. This will be a small one time expense for families. All apps purchased can be used for multiple students (and other family members) on multiple devices. 

DCHS will provide students with iPad textbooks at no additional cost to the family.

Students may be asked to download novels and other books available on the iBook store or the Amazon Kindle store. Many of the books required are available for free, however families will be responsible for the cost of any novel or book required for the course.

Recommended iPad Apps

For Students and Staff

  • Absolute Board
  • YouVersion Bible
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Flashcardlet
  • GarageBand
  • Good Reader
  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • iMovie
  • Keynote
  • Numbers
  • Pages
  • Sketchbook Pro

Apps for Specific Courses

  • The Elements – Chemistry
  • SparkVue HD – Physical Science/Chemistry
  • HMH Fuse: Algebra 1
  • HMH Fuse: Geometry
  • Graphing Calculator HD – Precalculus/Calculus

** Teachers have discretion to require additional apps for specific courses **