iPad Program: Middle School

iPad Parent and Student FAQs

Why iPads?

The iPad is an excellent tool for our Middle School students. Students are immediately engaged once the device is placed in their hands. The iPad is able to deliver text, audio, images, and video in a unique and engaging way. Students rely on this tool to organize thoughts and assignments.

Though the iPad is also the perfect gaming platform, a movie theatre, and television all rolled into one device, we believe these school owned iPads should be used for educational purposes only. Toward that end, the school will be managing the devices and take great care to determine what will be loaded on the iPad and how they will be used in school.

When will my child get an iPad?

Each Middle School student will receive his or her iPad at the beginning of the year, provided a parent or guardian has signed the permission form.

Our family owns an iPad. Can my child use it instead of a school iPad?

No. School owned iPads are specially configured and managed to enhance functionality and student safety. Also, our teachers have carefully chosen a suite of apps to support student learning. Having a consistent platform will enable our teachers and students to create an effective learning environment.

What if my child has not used an iPad before, or has never used one for school?

No problem! Students will be oriented to their iPads, and will learn how to use apps in their subject classes. In addition the school will offer workshop opportunities for parents. Please check on Inside PDS and the events calendar for specific dates and times.

How will the iPads be set-up?

Student iPads will be managed and suites of carefully chosen apps will be installed on iPads by the IT department. Decisions about what apps and content should be placed on student iPads will be decided by teachers and departments on an ongoing basis. iPads are configured to access the Internet through our school’s Internet filtering system whether they connect from campus or at home, limiting exposure to inappropriate web content.

Can students download apps?

No. The school has paid for and downloaded an extensive suite of applications. We will continuously seek out the best educational materials and will solicit suggestions from students, faculty, and parents.

If I have my own iTunes, Amazon, Nook, or iBook account can I buy books / music for my child?

Yes. We encourage students, with their parents’ permission, to use iTunes and any of the pre-installed eReader apps, such as iBooks, Nook and Kindle to purchase music and digital books. The iPads are configured not to allow students to download explicit music or movies onto their iPads.

Can my child still use his/her laptop at home instead of the iPad?

Yes and no, depending on what is required by the assignment. A student may choose to type their homework on a home laptop or desktop computer and then attach it to an email so it can later be opened in school on their iPad. However, we have found the iPad to be entirely sufficient the majority of student homework needs, and we encourage students to use their iPad as their primary computing device.

An external keyboard, if desired, may also be purchased by families.

Can my child bring his/her iPad home over breaks?

During the school year, students may take their iPads home during breaks. Over the summer, the school will need to collect iPads to perform annual maintenance on the devices.

What happens if my child loses or damages his/her iPad?

If a school-issued iPad is damaged, it must be reported to a teacher immediately and the IT office alerted at the first opportunity. All iPads are covered by a manufacturer’s extended warranty as well as an additional insurance policy. The warranty covers manufacturer’s defects. The insurance policy includes a graduated deductible plan which will be charged to student accounts in the event of a claim. A first claim carries a $75.00 deductible, a second claim carries a $100.00 deductible, and a third claim carries a $125.00 deductible. In the event of a fourth claim for accidental damage, the full replacement cost of the iPad (approximately $600) will be charged to the student’s account. The insurance covers accidental damage from liquid spills, power surges, drops, falls, collisions, vandalism, flood, fire, smoke, wind, and earthquake, as well as damage to batteries and ac adapters. Insurance does not cover loss, negligence and abuse. For example, throwing the iPad or using the iPad as an umbrella would be considered examples of negligence and abuse. For any loss or damage not covered by warranty or insurance, the full replacement cost of the iPad (approximately $600) will be charged to the student’s account. If an iPad is damaged, PDS will work with the student, Apple, and the insurance company to determine if it is a warranty or insurance claim incident. Please encourage your student to protect their iPad from damage. Common sources of damage are dropping the iPad, exposure to water, or cramming the device into an overstuffed backpack.

Insurance does not cover loss or theft. Families are responsible for full replacement cost if an iPad is lost or stolen. Please ensure that you student takes appropriate precautions to avoid loss or theft.

Will I need to purchase a case for my child’s iPad?

No, you do not. Covers will be provided. They have been carefully selected for their safety and functionality and should be kept on the iPad at all times. Students are welcome to personalize cases, for example with appropriate stickers. However, to extend the life of the covers, we ask that they not be intentionally damaged or physically altered in any way.

iPads will have school and student identification labels pre-applied. These may not be removed or covered.

Where are the iPads stored during the school day?

Each student’s iPad will be stored in that student’s locker during the day. Students should take their iPads home each night in order to charge the device and complete their homework.

May my child sync his/her school iPad to his/her iTunes account on a home computer?

No. The iPads will be specially configured and preloaded with a suite of apps carefully chosen by teachers and staff. Students should never sync a school iPad to a personal iTunes account on a home or school computer as this will erase the school’s content from the iPad.

How will my child backup the work he/she has created on the iPad?

Students PDS iCloud accounts have 5GB free storage space which is generally adequate for documents and most school work. Students may also upload content to their Schoology Resources and have access to unlimited storage on their PDS Google Drive accounts. Where photos and video files are concerned, students may connect the iPad to any personal Apple computer and download photo and video files using Apple’s Photos app.

How will my child's iPad connect with my home network?

The iPad may be connected to a home network wirelessly. If your network is password protected, you will need to enter this password when the device first detects your network.

How will my child print using the iPad at school and at home?

In a move toward sustainability and best practices in teaching and learning, we encourage electronic workflow and minimal printing. When they do need to print, students can print from iPads at school using networked printers. At home, newer printers with AirPrint and ePrint capabilities can communicate with the iPad or third party software solutions can be installed on existing home computer/printer setups that will allow the iPad to discover older non AirPrint printers. Another option is to use email to move documents to another device for printing purposes.

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Can other people use the iPad during the school day?

No. The iPad is intended to be an individual student tool and the responsibility of a particular student. We recommend having this important discussion with your child, as he/she is responsible for his/her particular device and how it is cared for.

Regardless of who might damage or lose a device, applicable costs are the responsibility of the family of the student to whom it was assigned.

When and where can I use my iPad at school?

The iPad is an academic tool to be used in the classroom under teacher supervision. iPads are not to be taken out to recess, into the bathroom, to PE, to assemblies, to lunch, etc.

When and how may I use my iPad to record and post images, audio, and video?

We are excited to integrate the capabilities of the iPad in classroom activities. Everything produced on the iPad should show respect for others. Inappropriate use of the iPad to capture images, audio, or video without the permission of the teacher or subject is not allowed. Before posting multimedia files in a public forum, students must seek the permission of their class dean.

How will my student charge the iPad?

Students will be issued plug adaptors and cables for charging their iPads at home. The iPad can hold a charge for 10 hours, and our expectation is that students arrive at school each morning with their iPads fully charged. A replacement fee will be charged to student accounts for lost cables and chargers.

What accessories are included, required, or recommended to use with the iPad?

The iPad will come with a case, a power adapter, and a cable. Earbuds are required and may be purchased in the bookstore. Students may want other styles of earbuds, and parents can choose to purchase other models elsewhere. A stylus may be useful in certain classes and/or with certain apps, but is optional. Many students find an external keyboard to be useful. If desired, these may also be purchased by families.

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