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iPADFREQUENTLYASKEDQUESTIONS

A resource to help guide parent discussion with their children about being responsible when online.

  • Q: What grades will be required to have an iPad?

     

    A: Any student in grades 4 through 8.

     

  • Q: Why start at 4th grade?

     

    A: Starting in grade 4, students are given a Google Drive account to create and share documents. As a part of this they will also receive an email address. Utilizing the iPad allows for easy and quick use of these tools for creating, communicating and sharing. 4th grade is also the time that students will begin more project based assignments, in which the iPad will be a necessary tool.

     

  • Q: Why a 1:1 program?

     

    A: Our primary objective for implementing a 1:1 program is to prepare our children to enter a world that requires the effective integration of technology into daily life. The most important component of this goal is promoting a 21st century learning environment where technology is utilized to enhance the curriculum and maximize learning. Ultimately, it is our sincere desire to provide your child with the best educational experience possible, and we believe the implementation of a 1:1 iPad program will help reach this objective.

     

  • Q: Why use the iPad? Aren’t there other devices that could be used by students in the classroom?

     

    A: There are many devices that could be used in the classroom. Because there is no one perfect device, we have the responsibility to make judgments as we consider qualities such as cost, ease of use, flexibility, etc. That being said, the iPad, in our view, is the best technology tool for learning at this time. Here are a few of the many reasons for this:

     

    • Instant on – no waiting for the device to “wake up.”

    • 10 hour battery life, which will cover the entire school day.

    • Best balance of cost along with robust features.

    • Lightweight and portable.

    • Flexibility for personalizing organization, productivity, and learning.

    • Apps are approved by Apple, meaning that they will not damage the device.

    • Built in camera and other features for content creation.

     

    Device uniformity is important for multiple reasons. First, all of our training and professional development has been geared toward integrating the iPad into the curriculum. To have students on different devices creates a huge challenge in the classroom, as it is extremely difficult to plan lessons when the teacher cannot count on all students having access to the exact same programs and capabilities.

     

    In addition, the outstanding selection of apps for the iPad is a key reason for making this device required for all students. From an educational perspective, this reason is what really separates the iPad from all other devices. The app market for education is well-developed for the iPad, which creates unique learning resources that are not available on other platforms such as Windows or Mac OS. Having access to specific apps will be a key part of the curriculum next year, so it is important that your child has access to the apps their teachers will be utilizing.

     

  • Q: Can we opt out of this program?

     

    A: Our primary objective for implementing a 1:1 program is to prepare our children to enter a world that requires the effective integration of technology into daily life. The most important component of this goal is promoting a 21st century learning environment where technology is utilized to enhance the curriculum and maximize learning. Ultimately, it is our sincere desire to provide your child with the best educational experience possible, and we believe the implementation of a 1:1 iPad program will help reach this objective.

     

  • Q: How will the iPads be utilized in school?

     

    A: The iPads in Evansville Lutheran’s 1:1 program will be an integral part of the daily curriculum. Students will use the device to take and organize notes, conduct research, complete coursework and utilize specific applications to enhance learning. We will also be researching whether it makes sense to move textbooks over to this device. Our goal is that the iPad will be integrated in a manner that maximizes student engagement and positively transforms the learning environment.

     

  • Q: How will we know the iPad program is successful?

     

    A:  As we all grow together with this iPad 1:1 program, these are indicators of a successful iPad program. While it is unlikely that we will fully accomplish these indicators during the first year of a full 4th-8th grade iPad program, you will see steady work toward these goals during the coming year:

     

    • Students use the devices for personalizing their organization and productivity, with the guidance of their teachers.

    • The devices engage students in classroom instruction and productivity in new ways.

    • The devices provide persistent access to classroom content and research resources.

    • The devices promote creation of student projects and content in new ways.

    • The devices build a more personalized approach to learning and productivity for students.

     

  • Q: Can I purchase an iPad through the school?

     

    A: Currently, no. The school does not offer an option to purchase iPads through them.

     

  • Q: What are the minimum requirements for the iPad?

     

    A: Students may use the iPad Mini 2 (minimum), iPad with Retina Display (4th Generation), or iPad Air. Cellular capable iPads are not allowed, WIFI only, as we are not able to filter cellular access. 16GB of storage is the minimum requirement, but we highly recommend the 32GB especially if it will be used dual purpose for personal and school activities.

     

  • Q: What about iPad covers and cases?

     

    A: The cost to lease an iPad from the school will include a case. Families who send their student to school with their own iPad will need to decide upon a cover or case, if they choose to use one at all.

     

  • Q: What about insurance or warranty?

     

    A: Parents who send their students to school with family-owned devices will need to make warranty and insurance decisions for themselves. Parents are free to investigate individual insurance for the device through a rider to their own homeowner’s policy or through some other source. All parents will sign a contract that states that the family is responsible for accidental damage to the device and will handle any necessary repairs or replacements. You can find more information about AppleCare+ warranty here.

     

  • Q: How will Evansville Lutheran manage student accounts?

     

    A: Families and students will be responsible for creating and maintaining their own Apple IDs for downloading and purchasing apps. Mr. Prentice will share information on how to do this for those who are not familiar with these steps.

     

  • Q: What apps does my student need to have on their device, and who will provide the apps?

     

    A: A list of basic apps required for devices will be shared with parents and students. These apps are to be loaded by families on both family-owned and school-leased devices. Classroom teachers will identify core apps for each class that will be used regularly throughout the year. The sum total of these apps will be between $25-$35. A list of required apps can be found here.

     

  • Q: What about other apps my student might want or need?

     

    A: The school-chosen core apps will serve your student well throughout the year, but there may be other apps you would like to install for your student. This is your decision as a parent. There will be times that new apps (free and purchased) may be required. Requiring an additional purchased app will only occur after time is spent to make sure the app truly fills a need and is necessary for the students education.

     

  • Q: My child wants some games on their iPad. Is that okay?

     

    A: Students and families may load games on the devices. However, we will be working closely with students on how to use the iPads properly and building strategies with them on how to deal with technology-related distractions. The reality is that all of us need to learn how to manage these potential distractions in our lives, and the solution is in creating intentional methods of dealing with these distractions and not in banning content altogether. However, if you feel that your student is better served by not having any games or other such content on their device, then you are free to make that decision. No matter what you decide to allow on the iPad, while at school the appropriate and acceptable usage policy still applies and any student violating this will be subject to the discipline referral process.

     

  • Q: Will the Internet be filtered for my student?

     

    A: School Internet access is currently filtered using OpenDNS. Internet content is now filtered at the wireless access points, so that no browser settings need to change to receive filtering while on campus. Please note that filtered access while at home or other locations is a family responsibility.

     

  • Q: Can my child print documents from their iPad?

     

    A: The iPad is equipped with an airprint function that works with certain types of printers; however, the school will not be providing any air printing options on campus. A major benefit of a 1:1 iPad program is the ability to submit work electronically, which most teachers will require. If hard copies of assignments are requested, the student will need to print from home. With the cloud based storage systems our students will be utilizing, including Google Drive, accessing and printing completed assignments from home should be easy.

     

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