GSD Success-for-All iPad Program


Gideon School District
Success-for-All iPad Program -- Frequently Asked Questions

iPad 2

Below is a collection of frequently asked questions about our iPad program.  This is a dynamic page where we will add new questions and answers as appropriate.  If you still have unanswered questions about the program or it's implementation after reviewing the "Success-for-All iPad Handbook" and the questions on this page, you may submit additional questions via email to:  iPad@gideon.k12.mo.us



Contents

  1. 1 What are the specifications of my tablet computer?
  2. 2  Will my tablet be subject to the same Internet content filtering at home as at school?
  3. 3 Can I use the tablet computer and software throughout my career in the Gideon School District?
  4. 4 Do I have to use the district provided case on my iPad?
  5. 5 What if I already have an iPad tablet?
  6. 6 Can I load my own apps, music, ebooks, or audio books on the iPad?
  7. 7 Can I sync my iPad with my home computer?
  8. 8 Can I Use iCloud with my iPad or sync my iPad to my iCloud account?
  9. 9 What if I accidentally leave my iPad at home?
  10. 10 What about charging my iPad?
  11. 11 Can I have my tablet computer during the summer?
  12. 12 Where do I find an authorized service technician?
  13. 13 What about protection against theft or breakage through carelessness?
  14. 14 Will the district provide maintenance on my district owned iPad?
  15. 15 What will I do if I don't have my iPad due to needed repairs or while I am replacing it if it is lost or stolen?
  16. 16 Will the technology staff load personally purchased apps or content?
  17. 17 Do I need a printer?
  18. 18 Will there be facilities to back up the files I create on my tablet?
  19. 19 Will I need an email address?
  20. 20 What if I want to add hardware options to my tablet later?
  21. 21 What if I want to run another operating system on my tablet?
  22. 22 Will I be given a new battery if mine goes bad?
  23. 23 What has the school done to help prevent students from going to inappropriate sites?
  24. 24 Are student tablets subject to school “snooping” or inspection?
  25. 25 What if a student brings their tablet in for repairs and "objectionable content or data" is detected?
  26. 26 If the accessories to my tablet are lost or stolen, how much will it cost to replace them? 


What are the specifications of my tablet computer?


The original tablet selected for use in the Gideon School District was the iPad 2.  The iPad 2 was selected after significant research.  It was determined that it was the best iPad for our purposes.  The iPad 2 is no longer available in the configuration needed, so the district is now purchasing the current version that most closely matches the original specifications.  The original specifications are listed below.

      Processor:  Dual Core A5 (1 GHz), RAM 512 MB DDRII
Memory: 16 GB or 32 GB Flash Memory depending on grade level
Operating System:  Apple IOS 5

      Screen:  9.7” LED display with 1024 x 768 screen resolution at 132 ppi

      Camera:   30 FPS:  Back – HD 720p with 5X zoom, Front - VGA

      Size:  Height - 9.5 inches, Width - 7.31 inches, Depth – 0.34 inches

      Weight:  1.33 pounds

      Battery: 25 watt, rechargable Li-poly battery, USB adapter charging

      Battery Life:  Up to 10 hours Wi-Fi

      Networking: Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

      Input/Output:  30 pin dock connector, 3.5 inch stereo headphone minijack, microphone, built-in speaker

      Sensors:  3-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor

      Location:   Wi-fi, digital compus

      eBook Reader: Variety of downloadable apps, including Kindle

      Accessories: Protective case, USB cable, earphones, power adapter

 Will my tablet be subject to the same Internet content filtering at home as at school?

District owned tablets will be filtered both at school and at home.  We anticipate that the evening and weekend filtering will be less restrictive, but will protect students from inappropriate material.  Student iPads use a proxy filter that uses the same filter when off campus as on campus.  It is important to recognize that no content filter is perfect and parents should exercise appropriate oversight.

Student owned devices will not be filtered by district controlled filtering during the evenings or on weekends unless they are connected through a hotspot on the district campus.

Can I use the tablet computer and software throughout my career in the Gideon School District?

Yes.  We plan one refresh cycle between grades 4-12.  While the rapid pace of computer technology guarantees that more advanced units will be available before you graduate, with the planned refresh your unit should be powerful enough for your classroom work throughout your career in the Gideon School District. The available software will be usable in upper level as well as entry-level course work. Of course, just as upper level courses require different resources, you may need additional software as you move through the curriculum.

We offer a protection plan whereby if you keep your tablet under a Gideon Tablet Protection Plan for your entire time at Gideon (with a minimum of 6 years or 12 semesters) and  you are “incident free” in terms of tablet damage,  the tablet assigned to you during your final 4 years will be yours to keep upon graduation.  Until the program has been in existence long enough for this provision to take effect, we will offer a partial credit toward the purchase of the iPad if you meet the requirements.  This options may be discontinued at any time if the plan becomes fiscally unable to fund this benefit.

Do I have to use the district provided case on my iPad?

Yes.  Our goal is to provide utility and protection for the iPads.  Students must utilize the district provided case and must leave the iPad in the case unless instructed otherwise by district teachers or personnel.  While no case can provide fool proof protection, the provided case is designed to protect the iPad in a substantial way. Students may purchase sleeves and other carrying cases, but the iPad must remain in the district provided case. 

What if I already have an iPad tablet?

If you have an equivalent iPad, you may make arrangements to use that tablet computer.  In such cases, data on campus will be filtered using the district Internet content filter but you will not have filtering on your device at home.  If you use your own device, you will be responsible for insuring that your device, applications, and content match the district and class requirements.  Contact the building office for further information and restrictions concerning student provided iPads.  If you do not have an equivalent iPad, you will be required to use the school district issued tablet for school purposes.  

Can I load my own apps, music, ebooks, or audio books on the iPad?

Yes!  Students may load appropriate, personal content on the iPad subject to the following conditions.  We are asking students to limit their own personal apps to no more than 20 at one time and other media cannot interfere with the intended educational use.  Teacher selected apps that you install do not count against your 20 app personal limit and should be removed when they are no longer needed.  You are also not allowed to move the App Store or the Settings buttons off of the first page of apps.

Keep in mind that you cannot sync your iPad with another computer or with iCloud (see questions on these topics below).  We have prepared a document to help you properly use personal content and you should read over this document before attempting to load your personal content. 
How to Manage Music, Podcasts, and Apps on Your iPad

The student should be aware that the district assumes no responsibility in protecting that content in the event of a failure of the iPad or any district system that might cause loss to data or content on the iPad.  Students should also be aware that district content will take priority and they may not load any content that will interfere with the planned educational use of the iPad.  Students are encouraged to use cloud services mentioned below to secure their data, audio, and video from possible accidental erasure or deletion.

Can I sync my iPad with my home computer?

No, this is not currently allowed.  The iPads are loaded in "supervised" mode and any attempt to sync them may cause the iPad to become unusable. 

Can I Use iCloud with my iPad or sync my iPad to my iCloud account?

No.  Students are not allowed to sync their iPad to a personal iCloud account nor are they allowed to change or delete the district iCloud account that the iPad is registered to.  iClouid is designed for personal syncing of content and apps and is not designed for a school environment.

Students are encouraged to use other "cloud" based services such as Google Apps, Dropbox, or Evernote to backup their files and for collaborative purposes.

What if I accidentally leave my iPad at home?

Students are expected to bring their Tablet with them every day.  In the unusual circumstance where a student does not bring their tablet, they may be able to use a loaner tablet provided by the building office. Repeat violations will result in losing take-home privileges of the tablet.

Loaner tablets must be returned to the building office by the end of the school day.

What about charging my iPad?

Classroom arrangements are in place for charging classroom sets of iPads that stay at school

For students that take their iPads home, it is expected that iPad be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. Students need to charge their iPad each evening.  Repeat violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action.
 
iPads have an 8-10 hour life on each charge.  Therefore, if you start the day with your iPad fully charged you should have sufficient charge to utilize the iPad in all classes.  In cases where use of the iPad has caused batteries to become discharged, students may be able to connect their iPad to a power outlet in class or at one of the portable charging stations.

Can I have my tablet computer during the summer?

Initially, keeping the tablet during the summer will only be allowed if you have purchased the tablet.  Our current plan is for all district owned tablets to be collected at the end of the school year for general maintenance, cleaning, and software installation purposes.  Students will receive their tablets again at their orientation session in the fall to ensure that everyone receives complete information about the computer, including its warranty, protection plan coverage, software usage and GSD’s policy regarding the ethical use of computers.  Summer school students will be able to use their iPad during summer school.  We will investigate options for allowing access to tablets during the summer, but at this time no such option is available.

Where do I find an authorized service technician?

All district owned tablets should be taken to the classroom teacher for elementary students or to the High School Office for high school students in order to make arrangements for any necessary repairs. The tablet will either be repaired by district staff or a qualified technician.  Out of warranty repair costs for iPads purchased through the school will be the responsibility of the student.  Costs for replacement chargers and sync cables are also the responsibility of the student.

What about protection against theft or breakage through carelessness?

Your tablet computer is very portable and very valuable, making it an attractive target for thieves. Therefore, tablet protection is encouraged.  The school district protection plan (GTP) covers the tablet for a $50.00 annual payment (protection can be paid for by semester at a rate of $25.00 per semester).  The district sponsored protection plan includes a deductible of $50.00 for the first claim and $75.00 for the second claim.  No coverage is provided beyond two claims.  Without this coverage, you will be responsible for all costs to repair or replace a tablet.  We are working on a plan whereby students who maintain protection plan coverage on their tablet and have no claims during their entire time at Gideon (minimum of 6 years or 12 semesters) will be able to keep their tablet upon graduation.  The district will develop options whereby graduates who have been continuously enrolled at Gideon for at least six years, who have maintained the GTP plan on their tablet during the entire time they were issued a tablet, and have had no claims on the protection plan may purchase the tablet upon graduation and receive a credit for the purchase plan costs paid.

The best insurance is to take care of your tablet.  Do not leave your tablet in the building, classroom, or car unattended.   Always know where your tablet is!  Treat your tablet with care and respect.  Above all, in grade levels where it is allowed, take your tablet home each night.  In other grade levels make sure your tablet is secure at the end of the school day. 

Will the district provide maintenance on my district owned iPad?

Limited operational maintenance is provided. District technology staff will coordinate maintenance for students. Students enrolled at GSD are encouraged to purchase a Gideon Tablet Protection Plan. 

What will I do if I don't have my iPad due to needed repairs or while I am replacing it if it is lost or stolen?

The Gideon School District stocks a limited number of tablet computers that can be loaned out on a first come, first-served basis. You will be able to apply for a loaner unit. If you are in possession of a loaner, treat it as if it were your own computer. You will be responsible for any damage to the unit or for its loss.

Will the technology staff load personally purchased apps or content?

No.  Additional items will be the responsibility of the student.  Keep in mind that no applications or content can be loaded that will interfere with and district loaded or district required applications or content.  Also keep in mind that you should not sync your tablet with your iTunes account on another computer as this will wipe out all district loaded apps.  Any student added apps should be downloaded directly to the tablet.  Student’s may not sync their iPad to a personal iTunes account as this will wipe out district installed apps.

Do I need a printer?

The district will develop a process by which students can access printing on campus.  If you want to print at home, you will need a printer that supports the iPad via Airprint.  Collobos Software (http://www.colobos.com) sells a reasonably priced product called Finger Print that will allow you to print to non-air print printers via a home computer connected to a printer. 

Will there be facilities to back up the files I create on my tablet?

Yes.   Students have multiple options for saving files and work to “the cloud.”  You must be connected to the Internet to be able to back up files in this manner.  More details will be provided as the program develops. 

Will I need an email address?

The Gideon School District will provide a Google Apps Account to each student.  In some grades, outside access to email may be limited.  Google Apps provides online (cloud) access to Google Docs (word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tool) along with a variety of other tools.  Students may also want their own email address through another service. 

What if I want to add hardware options to my tablet later?

The iPad is a sealed unit.  Only authorized technicians have the tools or knowledge to open the iPad case and add options.  Students may not add internal hardware options.  Hardware that connects through the docking port may be allowable but only with permission from the district.  Any damage caused to the iPad as a result of anything connected to the iPad will be the responsibility of the student.  Students are allowed to add appropriate apps of their own choosing as long as the apps do not interfere with the educational use of the iPad.

What if I want to run another operating system on my tablet?

Only authorized IOS operating systems may be used on a student-issued tablet computer.  You are not allowed to install an additional or substitute operating system.

Will I be given a new battery if mine goes bad?

The tablet battery will be replaced by the manufacturer if the battery fails due to defective materials while the unit is under warranty.  Batteries in the iPad are not user replaceable.  We don’t anticipate any issue with batteries as long as the unit is given proper care.  You will be responsible for charging your battery and for proper battery maintenance.  Most classrooms will be equipped with limited charging capability.  If you need to borrow a power adapter for class, you may be able to check one out at the Library Media Center.  Borrowed adapters must be returned before the end of the school day.  Some classrooms will have access to charging stations.

What has the school done to help prevent students from going to inappropriate sites?

All district owned iPads will be filtered with appropriate content filtering and age restrictions.  We have a software product which is designed to help monitor all Internet sites that students attempt to access at school. This software blocks inappropriate sites and also logs a history of every site that each user opens.  App restrictions are implemented on the iPads to restrict usage to age appropriate apps.  All students who attempt to find inappropriate sites will be directed to the Principal’s Office.   School owned devices will also be filtered through a mobile app browser.  This filtering will follow the iPad when it is off campus.  We anticipate that night and weekend filtering will be less restrictive but is still designed to prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites. Keep in mind that no filtering solution is perfect.  Parents/guardians still need to take responsibility for monitoring home usage.  

Are student tablets subject to school “snooping” or inspection?

Tablets are the property of the Gideon School District. Tablets may be inspected at any time.  A system of random inspections will be in place.  Inappropriate material on tablets should be reported to the classroom teacher or building principal immediately upon identification.  Students who have “objectionable content or data” on their tablet but have failed or chosen not to report it, will be referred to the Principal’s Office.  The district’s Mobile Device Management system will also report any apps installed on the device.  This information can be remotely monitored by district staff without having direct access to the iPad.  Should inappropriate apps be found on an iPad, disciplinary action may be taken.

What if a student brings their tablet in for repairs and "objectionable content or data" is detected?

Students who have “objectionable content or data” on their tablet but have failed or chosen not to report it, will be referred to the Principal’s Office and may be subject to disciplinary action.  Students are responsible for maintaining the security of their tablet and the content on their tablet.  If students find inappropriate content on their tablet, it is their responsibility to remove it immediately and report the incident to the appropriate building office.

If the accessories to my tablet are lost or stolen, how much will it cost to replace them

In the event that tablet accessories are stolen, elementary students should report the stolen items to the classroom teacher who will contact the building principal.  High school students should report the stolen items to the building office.  Students will be responsible for the actual costs plus shipping/handling unless they have purchased the Gideon Tablet Protection Program plan which covers the tablet in case of theft or accidental damage.  The protection plan does not cover lost items.



Updated 6/5/2013