2013-2014 TEXTBOOK & iPAD INFORMATION
The Notre Dame College Prep Bookstore does not handle the sale of textbooks. The NDCP Bookstore distributes state-issued books only. Textbooks are only available online.
The 2013-2014 Booklist is available online here. To sign up for the mandatory iPad Tech training sessions click here.
Student class schedules for the 2013-2014 school year have been mailed.
After you identify the courses the student has been assigned, you can view the 2013-2014 Booklist here. You can order print textbooks through myschoolbookstore.com, our preferred provider, or other online sources. This is only for print textbooks.
A number of resources are now available digitally through a variety of apps on the iPad. Books that may be used by seniors are all available through print as seniors are not required to have an iPad for this school year. To obtain these digital textbooks/resources on the iPad, you may have to follow a number of instructions. For example, books provided by the Pearson Publishing and a few other companies, will be provided via an access code at school. This allows us to reduce the cost to you significantly by buying in bulk. Other classes will require books provided through the KNO app on the iPad and can be purchased directly by the families. Other books are purchased through the iBooks app on the iPad. The links are provided on the booklist for you to access these books.
We will still use some hardcover books provided by the State of Illinois for a few courses (biology, honors geometry and trigonometry, and senior English), and will distribute these books to students as indicated on the memo that accompanied the schedule on August 8th or 9th. We will use .pdf versions of the English books available on the iPads for freshman through junior students, so these students are NOT required to pick up a state textbook. There are specific instructions on how to download iBooks posted here.
We are happy to note that the costs of most of the digital resources are considerably cheaper than the hardcover editions. Also, we have been able to eliminate the need for some print resources like the Bible and other classic paperbacks. These are available electronically. For now, we still anticipate that most upper grade math students will require graphing calculators (as indicated by class on the textbook list). While this is an expense we had hoped to avoid, our math instructors find it important still for students to be able to use these graphing calculators especially since iPads are not able to be used for the ACT test, while graphing calculators can be most helpful.
Secondly, we will require every student who will use an iPad (freshmen through juniors) or other digital device (seniors) to attend a mandatory 1 ½ hour training session before school begins. These sessions will be offered on a number of different dates and times beginning on July 29th. The objectives are to ensure students will be able to connect their iPad to the wireless network, learn some basics about good digital citizenship, and receive information on accessing their new Google account. Regardless of a student’s comfort level, all students should attend. To sign up, please click this link or visit the homepage and click on “Academics”, then “iPad Initiative FAQ”, and then “Upcoming Summer Tech Sessions” at the top of the page. We will have a number of staff members on hand to help facilitate students to complete these objectives. Students MUST sign up for the session they want to attend. Numbers are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible.
Finally, we will have two “book days” in August for families who would like to come in and make sure their student’s iPad is ready for the start of school and that all digital resources have been downloaded. Feel free to come in on August 8th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm or August 9th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm if you need help accessing or downloading any of the resources from the booklist.
Thank you for your patience. There will be some bumps along the road, but we appreciate your cooperation as we provide these new learning opportunities for students and teachers alike.
If you have questions, please let us know. You can reach our Director of Educational Technology, Deanna Herman at email@example.com, or Dean of Students/Director of Security, Mick Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.