iPad Initiative FAQ

What will the iPad be used for at A-State?

All incoming students complete both a Making Connections course and a linked general education course. This is the first six hours of the undergraduate curriculum. The Making Connections course will be taught on the iTunesU and iBooks platform. Selected general education will also be taught on the iTunesU and iBooks platform.

We anticipate that integration of iPads into your courses will continue throughout your undergraduate career.

Why the iPad?

We chose the iPad because it consolidates many educational tools including textbooks, classic novels, science probes, calculators, calendars, cameras, video recorders, maps, dictionaries, and organizers. Additionally, the iPad is fully integrated with the iTunesU platform. This is the only tablet solution with a content development and delivery platform built into the device.

I already have an iPad.  Will I need to purchase another one?

No. If you already have an iPad Pro, an iPad Air, an iPad (5th generation), an iPad mini 2, or higher, you can use it for your new semester.

If I reserve an iPad online, when do I pick it up?

You can pick it up at New Student Registration (if you make your reservation before that date). We will hold your iPad at the A-State IT Store until you come to pick it up!

You can reserve your iPad by visiting the Connect website and filling out the iPad Rental Reserve Form.

What if I want to rent an iPad?  How long can I keep my rental?

The cost to rent an iPad will be $50.00 per semester. The maximum rental cost of the iPad will be $150.00 per year (spring, summer, and fall terms). The $50.00 will be charged to your account upon pickup.

The iPad rentals are iPad mini 2s. iPads for rent can be picked up at the A-State IT Store during the first week of school.

You are required to return your rental iPad at the end of every term.

You will need to complete the β€œiPad Rental Reserve Form” form for the rental option. More information will be provided to you on the rental in your email.

To fill out the iPad Rental Reserve Form, go to the Connect website.

What happens if an iPad gets broken, lost, or stolen?

The A-State IT Store offers the option to purchase Safeware, which covers accidental damage such as: drops, spills, cracks, and other liquid damage.  We would also work with the police department in returning the iPad back to the owner.

What methods of payment does the A-State IT Store accept?

The A-State IT Store accepts credit cards (except American Express) and you can use your Express Dollars.  With the new student IDs, students can use their ID as a Discover card, which is accepted. The store does not accept cash or checks.

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