Information for New Families

For incoming students, Essex Technical High School will be buying the 9.7″ iPad Pro with 32gb of storage, and 3 Years of AppleCare+.

The breakdown of the iPad cost is $599 for the iPad (32gb), and $99 for 3 Years of AppleCare+, totaling $698.

Frequently Asked Questions

Presentation for Incoming Families

iPad Initiative

Essex Technical High School is proud to be an iPad 1:1 high school. The goal of our 1:1 student iPad initiative is to provide each student with a  personal learning device for use at school as well as at home. In order to achieve this 1:1 goal, we worked with Apple and selected a “community-funded model”.  Our plan provides families with options.  A family has the option to purchase an iPad outright, make monthly payments, bring their own iPad or borrow an iPad from the school.

If you have any questions after reading this information, please contact Tammy Rodolico, Technology Director via email at [email protected]

Please read this informational letter sent to the class of 2019 families from Principal Brad Morgan. 

The benefits of this 1:1 community-funded model include:

  • Allowing Essex Tech to ramp up technology quickly.
  • Increasing the number of computers available to students in school and at home.
  • Allowing full ownership of the equipment at the end of financing term with affordable payments.
  • Allowing the student to have exclusive use of the personal device with school-sanctioned apps.
  • Allowing the district to provide Digital textbooks and licensed access to web-based content.
  • Allowing the district to monitor devices, provide software that students need for class, make sure the devices are being used appropriately, and also control access to school networks and the internet using a mobile device management platform.

iPad Purchasing Details

  • All families can purchase or finance a 9.7″ iPad Pro (32gb) through the school via our partnership with Apple. If you choose to buy through the school, we include AppleCare+ which insures the device for three years through Apple and includes repairs, replacements, and support (Highly recommended).
  • Families who choose to buy an iPad outside of the school are recommended to buy a 9.7″ iPad Pro (32gb).
  • Equity of access is taken into consideration by providing options for families. If a family is unable to buy an iPad outright, they can take advantage of our financing options which spread payments out over the course of two years. If families are unable to or do not wish to make monthly payments, they may borrow an iPad from the school for the duration of the school year.

Financing Overview

  • If families wish to take advantage of Xerox financing, there is a minimal cost of $15 per year.  Payments can be tailored to fit families’ needs, but we highly recommend monthly payments. Typical payments are $30.50 per month.
  • Payment processing for families is done online through Xerox Financial Services’ Invest for Learning Program.
  • At the end of the senior year families who use this program will own the iPad.

Tammy Rodolico, Technology Director

77100 copyAs Technology Director, Tammy Rodolico oversees a wide range of technology and services—from a Wi-Fi network and integrated equipment for the entire campus of Essex Technical High School and the District offices, to systems that provide parents and students access to assignments, grades, and class information, to the school’s website, and much more. The technology services staff ensures that each student’s iPad is operating and integrated with teachers’ desktops, digital projectors, and that all applications associated with learning, working, and communicating are operating. Also part of her responsibilities is strategic planning for online courses, staff training, and staff and student records.

She brings to her role a career of supporting students and faculty and expertise in instructional technology and related applications. Ms. Rodolico began her career in at North Shore Technical High School as a special education teacher 32 years ago, where she worked with students with moderate disabilities for more than 20 years. She initiated North Shore Tech’s instructional technology program, as the Instructional Technology Specialist. In that role, she introduced laptops and Smart Boards, as well as networked classroom-based technology to teachers across the curriculum. She was promoted to Technology Director in 2008, and continues in that position at Essex Technical High School. She introduced the one-to-one iPad program when Essex Tech opened in 2014 and in 2015.  She directed the installation of Aspen as the school’s information management and communication system. Her staff maintains all hardware, network and desktop and peripherals, and her office provides opportunities for student interns from the Information Technology Systems career technical area.

In addition to her responsibilities at Essex Technical High School, Ms. Rodolico is a part-time faculty member at the Center for Technical Education at UMass Boston, teaching technology education courses to prospective vocational educators. She is also a part-time faculty member at Cambridge College, in the Masters of Education Program, where her courses include using technology across all curricular areas.

Ms. Rodolico holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education form Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Cambridge College. A talented web site developer, she has produced many web sites for profit and nonprofit organizations.

She is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), the Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association (METAA), and Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCue).