iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative

iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative

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Northeast State Community College is committed to enhancing the student’s educational experience, which includes transforming the learning, technological, and social environments. To best-prepare students to meet current and emerging needs of the 21st century global living and work places, the College implemented the iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative in 2015 to facilitate teaching, learning, service, and student success through the use of mobile devices, specifically the iPad®. 

Students enrolling in credit courses at Northeast State are required to lease or purchase an iPad that meets minimum operating system requirements (Apple iOS 9 or greater with 32 GB). Please reference NeSCC Policy 01:13:00 iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative.

While the iOS 9 operating system is compatible with the iPhone and iPod, those devices do not meet the College’s iPad requirement. For a list of compatible iPads, visit www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/#compatibility.

iNortheast Purpose iOPTiN eTextbooks Faculty Resources Northeast State Bookstore Student iPad Training Utilizing the iPad

FAQs

Northeast State Community College is committed to enhancing the student’s educational experience, which includes transforming the learning, technological, and social environments. To best-prepare students to meet current and emerging needs of the 21st century global living and work places, the College implemented the iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative in 2015 to facilitate teaching, learning, service, and student success through the use of mobile devices, specifically the iPad.

Students enrolling in credit courses at Northeast State are required to have an iPad for classroom use. The iPad must meet minimum operating system requirements (Apple iOS 9 or greater with 32 GB). [ Northeast State Policy 01:13:00]

Students may opt to lease an iPad through Northeast State. For a list of compatible iPads, visit http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/#compatibility. While the iOS 9 operating system is compatible with the iPhone and iPod, those devices do not meet the College’s iPad requirement. 

The individual use of iPads is a way to empower students to engage in the learning process and maximize their full potential and to create a connection between their curricular and co-curricular activities. The iPad provides access to eTextbooks, online resources, campus information and network services, digital reference materials, free digital books, collaboration and productivity tools, and discipline-specific apps, which may not be available on other devices.


Yes. The college bookstore, located on the Blountville campus, has been revamped. Students may now save potentially 60 percent or more by using digital textbooks and materials in lieu of traditional, hardcopy textbooks. In addition, students will have access to electronic textbooks (eTextbook) on the first day of class through the Desire 2 Learn (D2L) management system. Students will pay for eTextbooks through financial aid, or they will receive a bill. Students will have an option at the beginning of a course or semester to “opt out” of the eTextbook option. Deadlines will be posted on the academic calendar. Please continue to monitor the iOPTiN web page for deadlines and updates at www.NortheastState.edu/iOPTiN


The Northeast State Bookstore, operated by Follett and located on the Blountville campus, sells the iPad at an educational discount. A student ID may be required in order to receive the discount. You may purchase an iPad online at the Apple Store or retail stores that sell Apple products. 

The Tennessee Annual Sales Tax Holiday begins the last Friday in July each year at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday. During the tax free weekend, computers under $1,500 may be purchased without having to pay sales tax. This includes laptops as well as tablets (iPads). The tax exemption not only applies to items purchased within stores, but also items purchased over the phone, internet, or mail in which the retailer accepts the order during the tax free holiday.


Yes, students can lease an iPad Mini 2. A lease costs $110 per semester for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who paid their tuition and fees, as well as the iPad lease fee, may lease an iPad. To pay your lease fee and view a lease agreement, visit a cashier located at the:

  • Blountville Campus - Pierce Building, Room P203A
  • Kingsport Campus - Blazier-Wilson Hall, Room BWH107
  • Elizabethton Campus - Room E134
  • Johnson City Campus - Room J1074 

The lease agreement is also available on My.Northeast in the Student menu. Click the iNortheast and iOPTiN links. When completed, you will receive a receipt for payment or a copy of an authorization form. You will take the receipt or form to one of the identified IT service centers at each campus listed below to sign your lease and collect your leased iPad:  

  • Blountville Campus - Pierce Building Room P216
  • Kingsport - Kingsport Center for Higher Education, Room KC305
  • Bristol - Room BR332
  • Elizabethton - Room E108 and E132
  • Johnson City - Room JC1097

Supplies are limited. For the 2017 Spring Semester, students may begin leasing their iPads once their tuition and fees are paid or financial aid is applied to their student accounts. 


iPads available for lease at Northeast State are not equipped for a cellular connection (SIM Card). They are Wi-Fi only. However, if you have a hot spot enabled on your phone, the iPads should pick it up in the list of available Wi-Fi networks.


For the 2017 Spring Semester, students may begin leasing their iPads once their tuition and fees are paid or financial aid is applied to their student accounts.


iPad devices must use iOS 9 or greater with 32 GB (Wi-Fi is sufficient, cellular is optional). While the iOS 9 operating system is compatible with the iPhone and iPod, those devices do not meet the College’s iPad requirement. For a list of compatible iPads visit, www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/#compatibility. If you are unsure about your iPad’s compatibility, visit an IT service center or call 423.354.2409.


No. Northeast State selected the iPad because it is an ideal learning device and the world’s leading tablet for educational purposes. New educational apps are developed daily for the iPad. At some point in the future, as with the development of desktops/PCs and laptops, tablets may have similar functionality, but not at this point in time. In addition, we want to ensure that students are learning from the same operating system so that classroom activities and homework assignments are consistent.


Regular computer courses are taught using PCs. However, computer instructors may incorporate iPads into the curriculum. Students may decide if an additional PC or Apple laptop or desktop are appropriate for their individual or supplemental uses. PCs are available for student use at various campus locations.


Financial aid is available for those who apply and qualify. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions at 423.323.0252 or financialaid@northeaststate.edu. Tennessee Promise funds do not cover the cost of an iPad, only tuition. Financial aid can be used during set times to purchase iPads at the Northeast State Bookstore operated by Follett on the Blountville campus. The dates when students can utilize this feature vary based on each semester's first day of class. Please check with the Bookstore or Financial Aid Office to learn more about the dates and details of this process. 

In order to use available financial aid to pay for an iPad lease, students must complete this form. Submit the form and sign a lease agreement with a cashier located at the:

  • Blountville Campus - Pierce Building, Room P203A
  • Kingsport Campus - Blazier-Wilson Hall, Room BWH107
  • Elizabethton Campus - Room E134
  • Johnson City Campus - Room JC1003


All iPads must be returned to an IT service center no later than the last day of final exams each semester or within five (5) days of withdrawing from class.

The fall 2016 date is Dec. 9, 2016.


Visit one of the IT service centers listed below:

  • Blountville Campus - Pierce Building, Room P216
  • Kingsport - Kingsport Center for Higher Education, Room KC305 
  • Bristol - Room BR332
  • Elizabethton - Room E108 and E132
  • Johnson City - Room JC1097

Call 423.354.5103 to speak to a technician. 


Visit the Student iPad Training page. Both beginner and advanced training videos are available. Students may contact Student Life at 423.354.2474 for more information on special training sessions and useful apps. Faculty and staff may contact Jim Kelly at 423.279.7669 or Jessica Barnett at 423.354.2589.


An Apple ID is required to download apps from Apple’s App Store. If you wish to create an Apple ID without entering credit card information, do the following:

  1. Launch the App Store app on your Apple Device.
  2. Make sure no account is logged in.
  3. Select any Free app.
  4. When prompted, choose the option to “Create a New Apple ID”.
  5. Complete the application for the account.
  6. Choose the “None” option when prompted to enter credit card information.
    Note: The “None” option only appears if the process started with a Free App. 

You are encouraged to set up a new account if you share your iTunes access with others.


Office for iPad and iPhone requires iOS 8.0 or higher. Office for iPad Pro requires iOS 9.0 or higher. The Office 365 App is a free download from the Apple App Store. An Office 365 subscription is required to use the applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Actively enrolled Northeast State students are eligible for a free Office 365 subscription. The free subscription can be set up at https://products.office.com/en-us/student?ms.officeurl=getoffice365. Students must use their Northeast State student email address (username@stumail.NortheastState.edu) to set up the subscription.


For security related information released by Apple regarding their products, please visit the following site: https://www.apple.com/privacy/manage-your-privacy/.


Please ask your instructor and/or refer to the course syllabus for information pertaining to apps required for your course.


  • 01:13:00 - iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative
  • 02:16:00 - Student Technology (iPad Use & eTextbooks)
  • 02:17:00 - iPad Faculty & Teaching Staff Use Policy

Revised online 01/11/17


For additional information on iNortheast initiatives or iPad leases, contact ipad@NortheastState.edu. For information on eTextbook and iPad purchases, contact bookstore@NortheastState.edu.

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.