Will a case be provided?
Yes. The district will provide a case for basic protection. If you wish to purchase a different case, you are more than welcome to, provided it provides the same level of protection.
Can my child "opt-out" of the 1:1 program?
No. Burrton Public Schools is committed to the 1:1 iPad initiative. To ensure that all students are given equal access and opportunities to enhance their learning, opting out is not possible.
Does the iPad need a keyboard?
No. You may purchase any Bluetooth keyboard or keyboard case you wish, but they are not required.
What if the iPad “crashes”? Will my student still be responsible for assignments created on the iPad?
In the unlikely event of an iPad “crash”, every effort will be taken to ensure student data is not lost. We highly recommend backing up the student’s iPad to iTunes to avoid such situations. Depending on the app, the student’s work may already be stored “in the cloud” as well as on the device. In the event the iPad cannot be repaired immediately, a loaner iPad will be given to the student until theirs can be repaired. Ultimately, the student is responsible for all assignments.
Do iPads require an Internet connection at all times to function?
Short answer: it depends on the app. One of the key deciding factors in choosing iPads over, say, a Chromebook, is we wanted students to be able to access their work easily without requiring a constant connection. Google Drive apps have offline editing capabilities, and Apple’s productivity apps (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) do not require an Internet connection.
What if my student’s iPad screen gets broken?
First, we recommend keeping iPads in an approved case at all times. Second, school-owned iPads are covered under AppleCare and provide for up to 2 “drops” or cracked screens per device. The deductible for these repairs is $50 (which is much less than if you took it to a third-party repair shop). Finally, we highly recommend getting insurance for your iPad. Your homeowner’s policy may already cover it. Also, Worth Avenue Group can offer insurance that covers just about everything that might happen to an iPad for around $39 per year ($50 deductible).
What if my student’s iPad gets lost/stolen?
Every effort will be taken to recover an iPad that is lost/stolen. If the iPad cannot be found/recovered, students will be responsible for full replacement costs. Again, we highly recommend getting insurance for your iPad. Your homeowner’s policy may already cover it. Also, Worth Avenue Group can offer insurance that covers just about everything that might happen to an iPad (including theft) for around $39 per year ($50 deductible)
Will iPad Internet access be filtered at home?
Yes. The iPad will use what’s called a “Global Proxy” to connect the iPad to the school’s internet filter even while off-campus. No filter is perfect, and no filter replaces good monitoring on behalf of parents. In the case of a power failure or inability to connect to the filter, iPads at home would have direct (unfiltered) Internet access.
There are also ways to ensure all devices at home have a basic level of filtering.
One such solution, which is free, is OpenDNS FamilyShield. There are instructions on how to enable it on your home Wifi Router (or individual devices) here: https://store.opendns.com/setup/#/familyshield
My student already has an iPad. Can’t we just use that one?
No. In order for the students to have access to school-provided apps, the iPad needs to be enrolled and supported by our school’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution. We currently do not support non-district devices in this program.
My student has x device. Can’t we just use that instead of the iPad?
No. In addition to the reasons stated regarding using a student-owned iPad, other non-iPad devices may not have the same capabilities or apps that the iPad does. We want our students and teachers to all be “on the same page” regarding devices so that there is a consistent user experience as well as to allow teachers to maximize planning time without having to worry about disparate devices.
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