BOLT iPad FAQs
In addition to supplying internet connectivity and easy portability, the iPad and Apple Pencil affords users the ability to take notes “by hand,” perform visible live calculations, graphs, or sketches on a shared whiteboard, to readily compose non-Roman alphabet script (whether for displaying, collaborating, or correcting), to record lectures, videos, or take pictures with an enhanced camera, and to experiment with interactive 3-D instructional models.
Delivery of iPads to students living in the US began last week. Delivery to campus for faculty (and international students for shipping from campus) is expected the week of August 24. Details regarding pickup times will be circulated at that time. (updated 2020-08-19)
Students will soon receive an email asking them to submit the address where they can be reached when the iPads are scheduled to ship.
- iPads for international students who are coming to campus will be held for them until they arrive and will be distributed from campus.
- Bowdoin will package and mail iPads to international students who are not coming to campus.
Each "kit" will come with an iPad Pro with 128 GB of storage, an Apple Magic Keyboard, and an Apple Pencil 2. Please note, students will receive the 11" model and faculty will receive the 12.9" model.
Each iPad will come with AppleCare+, which provides coverage for two damage claims per year for the iPad, the Apple Magic Keyboard, and the Apple Pencil.
- If you do not currently have an AppleID, you will need to create an AppleID. If you have an existing AppleID, you do not need to create a new one specific to Bowdoin.
- International students who have an international AppleID will need to create a US-based AppleID in order to download apps from the US app store.
No. Faculty in various disciplines reported to the members of the Continuity in Teaching and Learning Group that they would find it very useful if they and their students had access to tablets and styluses. This reasoning, along with the additional connectivity provided by the Apple iPad, led to the College’s decision to lease iPads, Apple Pencils, and Keyboards for the use of students and faculty. It is entirely at the faculty member’s discretion whether they wish to use it for teaching. Faculty are welcome to request one and simply try it out and see whether they find it helpful to their teaching or research.