Frequently Asked Questions


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How much does the iPad cost?

You have two choices if purchasing through UCA: the iPad (128GB) or the iPad Pro (128GB). Because of the multimedia projects and multi-touch interactive textbooks that will be used, a minimum of 64GB is recommended.

If you purchase the iPad through UCA, you will get the benefit of the educational discount on both the device and the apps. Here is a breakdown:


UCA (Educational Discount):

iPad (128GB)  – $409

Paid apps used – $11.47

Sales Tax (8.75%) –  $35.79


 Apple Store:

 iPad (128GB)  – $429

 Paid apps used – $22.97

Sales Tax (8.75%) –  $37.54



For technical specifications and more information on the iPad, go here:


UCA (Educational Discount):            

iPad Pro (9.7”, 128GB)  – $679

Paid apps used – $11.47

Sales Tax (8.75%) –  $59.41


Apple Store:                                     

iPad Pro (9.7”, 128GB)  – $699

Paid apps used – $22.97

Sales Tax (8.75%) –  $61.16



For technical specifications and more information on the iPad Pro, go here:


Do I get to keep the iPad?

Yes! If you purchase the iPad through UCA, it is yours to keep (or sell or whatever). You paid for it, so it is yours.

Can I bring my own iPad, if I already have one?

Yes, but ensure you have enough memory (at least 32GB, but 64GB or higher is recommended), so you can store the multimedia files (and other personal apps, movies, etc.) you will be using for class.

The first generation iPad does not have a camera and does not run many of the current apps (including iBooks), so that is the one model that cannot be used at all.

Also, note that all iPads, no matter when purchased, now include certain apps (Keynote, Pages, Numbers, GarageBand, iMovie) for free. If you already have an iPad, you can download these apps from the App Store for free.

Apart from those considerations, yes, you can bring your own iPad. If so, please indicate that on the order form sent to you.

How will I be using the iPad in my education courses?

There will be a heavy emphasis on promoting increased student engagement in class, giving you more opportunities to personalize your learning and to become skilled in teaching with mobile technology. Through research and direct involvement in K-12 classrooms, COE faculty have noted that, while there is an abundance of technology in many K-12 schools, there is not always a commensurate focus on pedagogy that utilizes that technology to engage students and provide them a greater voice in their education. We want you to be prepared to meet the needs of students by fully engaging them and providing options for accessibility, and we are excited about showing you how to do this through mobile technology.

Additionally, there are several courses that no longer require a purchased textbook, opting instead for free multi-touch textbooks and other digital resources. The savings from those courses are over $300.

Why iPads?

K-12 schools currently use a mix of mobile devices in instruction, the most popular being the iPad and the ChromeBook. ChromeBooks are effective machines for meeting the basic needs of school work, such as writing essays and accessing research. However, ChromeBooks are not truly mobile and don’t allow students complete flexibility in instruction and assessment, such as letting them annotate documents and video or create engaging projects. Be assured that the iPad not only allows us to do these exciting projects, but it also handles Google Apps and the Microsoft Office suite well.

In addition to the interactive capabilities of the iPad, there are an enormous number of educational apps available for iOS devices, as well as the many multi-touch books and iTunes U courses authored by teachers in the field and other experts. These resources can serve as a foundation for your teaching practice and help give you a head start on preparing for your own class.

A critically important benefit of the iPad is the number of award-winning accessibility features built into the device’s hardware and operating system, including assistive technologies for the visually and hearing impaired as well as those with physical or motor skills impairments.  Apple’s gesture-based screen reader and VoiceOver are enhancements that make the device more usable for the blind and visually impaired and have been found to even benefit those with no such impairments.

How do I order my iPad?

Go to (Open through end of June)

Which courses are part of the 1:1 iPad mobile initiative?

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