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iPad Requirements

To ensure student success, all students are required to have an iPad or iPad Mini that can be updated to iOS version 11 or later, and has at least 32GB of memory.

**It is strongly recommended that a case is purchased as well as either Apple Care or another warranty. For security reasons, please set up “Find my iPad," have a lock screen code, and label the iPad with your name and school email address.**

iPad App Requirements

All students are required to have the following applications (apps) purchased and installed on their iPad before the first day of school/new student orientation in preparation for using them during the school year. In addition, please note the use of VPNs while using DePaul College Prep’s network is a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy included in the Parent/Student Handbook as it poses a risk to the security and integrity of the school’s network.

Apps:
Schoology (Free)

This is the school’s Learning Management System (LMS), where students and parents access information for all classes. Freshmen and transfer students will receive login information on Packet Pickup Day. All returning students should already have their login information; if you do not, or do not remember, see the Technology Department for assistance.

Google Drive (Free)

All students will be provided with an @depaulprep.org email address. It is expected that this email is used for anything relating to DePaul College Prep. Freshmen and transfer students will receive their login information on Packet Pickup Day. All returning students should already have their login information; if you do not, or do not remember, see the Technology Department for assistance.
Google Drive and all related Google Apps should be setup using this email address.

Google Docs (Free)

The word processor of the Google Suite. Part of Google Drive, but this is a separate download.

Google Sheets (Free)

The spreadsheet creator of the Google Suite. Part of Google Drive, but this is a separate download.

Google Slides (Free)

The power-point creator of the Google Suite. Part of Google Drive, but this is a separate download.

Notability ($9.99, prices may vary)

This will be used in all classes for note-taking and the completion of numerous assignments throughout the school year. The app is very versatile allowing for typed or handwritten notes, embedding photos, highlighting within student created notes and downloaded PDFs, and much more.

Pop Scholar (Free)

Pop Scholar is a safe, social network where students can connect with peers, friends, and family to set goals and post their accomplishments at DePaul College Prep in the areas of academics, activities, altruism, art, and athletics. Both students and supporters can earn “Pop Scholar” points to redeem for gift cards in the Pop Scholar Marketplace.

Other apps will be required for specific classes. These apps will be included in the mailing that will be sent out mid-July regarding the purchase of textbooks for the upcoming school year. Additionally, teachers will provide this information on their syllabus or as needed.


Ordering Textbooks & Required Books

To ensure student success, all students are required to purchase required texts by the first day of school. For eTexts, we suggest purchasing on the iPad you will be using at school.

  1. Take a look at your schedule (emailed out). Write down the three-digit Course Numbers that correspond to your classes. You can also find your Course Numbers in the 2018-19 Course Selection Guide. (i.e. The Course Number for English 1 (Honors) is /015).
  2. Find the buttons below by Department. Click-through and browse the tabs at the bottom of the linked GoogleSheets to find your Course Numbers. All books listed for your course will have the preferred format (i.e. paperback or eText), the suggested place to purchase them (the vendor), and any additional required apps for the class, all provided by your teacher.
  3. See below for further direction on ordering from the various suggested vendors, if needed.

All usernames and passwords used to create accounts for these purchases should be written down and associated with the student’s DePaul College Prep email address, as they will be needed to access purchased books on your iPad.


If you have any technical questions , email help@depaulprep.org.

If you have questions about a course or a specific book/app, please contact the instructor for the course, the department chair, or IB coordinator (if an IB course).

Browse below for specific direction on ordering eTexts from the various suggested vendors:

iBooks

If you don't have the iBook app on your iPad, download it from the app store.

  1. Select the link associated with your scheduled class
    1. Do this by holding your finger on the link until it is magnifies.
    2. Then release your finger
    3. Select the “open link” option
    4. Open the link with Safari
  2. When the link opens, tap on the price of the book.
  3. Tap “Buy Book.”
  4. If prompted, enter your Apple ID and password or other authentication.
  5. In the iBooks app, go to “Library” to see the books you have downloaded.

Amazon Kindle

You must have an Amazon account. If you already have one you can move ahead to step 7.

  1. To create an Amazon account go to www.amazon.com.
  2. In the upper right hand corner of the website, tap “Hello, Sign In Your Account.”
  3. When the Drop down options appears, select “New Customer? Start Here.”
  4. Follow the online instructions to create an account.
  5. On your iPad download the Kindle app and sign in to your Amazon account.
  6. When prompted select “register this device.”
  7. Select the link associated with your scheduled class
  8. If necessary, log in to your Amazon account.
  9. All Amazon links on the Textbook GoogleSheets are linked to Amazon Smile.
    1. Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
    2. In order to ensure a portion of your Amazon purchases are donated to DePaul College Prep complete the following steps:
      1. Go to smile.amazon.com, and sign into your Amazon account.
      2. The first time your use Amazon Smile you will be asked to pick a charity for your donations.
      3. In the Textbox titled “Or pick your own charitable organization” type DePaul College Prep and select “search”
      4. Click “Select” next to the organization “DEPAUL COLLEGE PREP” (NOTE: select the organization that has been established as “Secondary/high School”)
  10. Choose the Kindle Edition for your required textbook (unless noted otherwise).
  11. Purchase the book with a credit card or through PayPal.
  12. Select your (or your child’s) iPad as the device to download to.
  13. When the transaction is complete, open the Kindle app on the iPad and wait for the book to download.

VitalSource.com

If you are scheduled for AP U.S. History, Business Law, or Accounting, you must have a VitalSource account. If you have a VitalSource account go to step 6.

  1. Go to https://www.vitalsource.com/
  2. Select "Sign In"
  3. On the next screen select “New to VitalSource? Create an account”
  4. Follow the instructions to create an account.
  5. When asked for your institution, from the drop down box, select "Other" and manually type "DePaul College Prep."
  6. Go to the textbook chart and select the VitalSource link under the “Vendor” column
  7. Follow the link to purchase the book.
  8. Purchase the book.
  9. On your iPad, tap into the App Store and download “Bookshelf" published by VitalSource Technologies, Inc.
  10. Open the application and login using your VitalSource account to access your book.

McGraw Hill Education

If you are scheduled for Civics, Marketing, or Health, you must have a McGraw Hill Education account. If you have a McGraw Hill Education account go to step 5.

  1. Go to https://www.mheducation.com/home.html
  2. Select “Sign In”
  3. On the next screen create an account, under PK-12 and Adult Ed select “Individual”
  4. Follow the instructions to create an account
  5. Go to the textbook chart and select the “www.mheducation.com” link under the “Vendor” column
  6. Select “Add to Cart”
  7. Purchase the book
  8. After purchase is complete the publisher will send you an email confirming purchase and providing you with an access code and download link.
  9. Follow the directions in the email sent to you by the publisher.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

If you are scheduled for Psychology or 511-Spanish 1, you must have a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt account. If you have a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt account go to step 6.

  1. Go to https://www.hmhco.com/
  2. Select “Sign In”
  3. On the next screen select “create an account”, under New Customers
  4. Select “Personal Account”
  5. Follow the instructions to create an account
  6. Go to the textbook chart and select the “www.hmhco.com” link under the “Vendor” column
  7. Select “Add to Cart”
  8. Purchase the book
  9. After purchase is complete the publisher will send you an email confirming purchase and providing you with an access code and download link.
  10. Follow the directions in the email sent to you by the publisher.

Pearson Digital

If you are scheduled for 115 - Algebra 1 (H), 116 - Algebra 1/Geometry (H), 125 - Geometry (H), 126 - Geometry/Algebra 2 (H), 144 - Algebra 2 (H), it is recommended, but not required to have a Pearson Digital account.

  1. Go to the textbook chart and copy the number listed under “ISBN” for your scheduled course
  2. Go to https://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS...
  3. In the textbox that says “City or Zip Code” type “60618”
  4. Find and select “DEPAUL CLG PREP - GORDON CAMPUS”
  5. Paste the “ISBN” into the text box that says “Search by author, Title, or ISBN”
  6. Select the book that appears in the green box.
  7. Type the quantity you wish to purchase.
  8. Select “Guest Checkout”
  9. Complete your order by following the instructions on the next screen
  10. On your iPad, tap on the App Store and download “Pearson eText"
  11. Open the application and login using the account you created during purchase to access your book.

Chegg

If you are scheduled for Integrated Senior Math or 164 - Pre-Calculus, you must have a Chegg account. If you already have a Chegg account go to step 5.

  1. Go to http://www.chegg.com/books
  2. Select “Sign In”
  3. On the next screen under the log-in text boxes select “Don’t have an account? Sign up”
  4. Follow the instructions to create an account
  5. Go to the textbook chart and select the “Chegg” link under the “Vendor” column
  6. Select the “eTextbook” tab and adjust the rental period for the amount of time you need the book.
  7. Select “Add to Cart”
  8. Complete the Checkout process.
  9. On your iPad, tap on the App Store and download “Chegg eReader"
  10. Open the application and login using the account you created during purchase to access your book.

Cengage

If you are scheduled for Statistics, you must have a Cengage account. If you already have a Cengage account, go to step 6.

  1. Go To https://www.cengage.com/
  2. Select “Sign In”
  3. On the next screen, select “Create an Account” and Choose “Student”
  4. Under the heading “New Students” input your DePaul College Prep email address and select “Create New Account”
  5. Follow the instructions to finish creating your account
  6. Go to the textbook chart and select the “Cengage” link under the “Vendor” column
  7. Select the length of time for which you would like to rent the eText
  8. Select “Add to Cart”
  9. Complete your purchase
  10. At the completion of your purchase, you will be taken to your Cengage content dashboard, known as "My Home.". When you need to access your content again, simply login via "My Home."