There have been sporadic reports tonight that some MISD iPads are unable to authenticate to the network. As a result, they cannot access the Internet.
A software update was completed on the Lightspeed filter system during routine maintenance several hours ago. This may be related to the problems that we are experiencing.
Technicians will continue to work on this issue until it is resolved.
Under the terms of the 2013-2014 iPad User Agreement, deposits are refundable. Parents who have signed the 2013-2014 iPad User Agreement may use this form to request a refund.
Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
Two additional days for iPad deployment, October 7 and 8, are scheduled at Summit High School.
The process was disrupted at SHS in mid-September by the release of iOS7. The rest of the schedule at other high schools was left intact.
These dates were selected for next week in order to avoid scheduling conflicts at Summit this week.
These are the preparations steps:
- Handbook sign-off sheet complete. This is part of the online registration process. If you’ve completed online registration, you’ve signed this form. If you didn’t, you can get a paper copy of the form at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org. It’s under the “Parent Resources: Forms” heading. Use of electronic processes is recommended, but the form is posted at that site for you if you must use paper.
- iPad User Agreement complete. This form is available through online registration. It is also available in paper form at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org. It’s under the “Parent Resources: Forms” heading. Use of electronic processes is recommended, but the form is posted at that site for you if you must use paper.
- Deposit paid, if applicable. Students who did not participate in the program last year need to pay a deposit. It’s $50. Students who participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program qualify for a reduced deposit of $10 and $25, respectively. We encourage parents to use RevTrak (http://mansfieldisd.revtrak.net/) to pay the deposit. iPad-related fines must also be paid before getting a device this year.
- Paper documents and payments (checks) can be sent to the campus bookkeeper. Checks should be made out to the campus. Use of electronic processes is recommended.
- Students need to know their iTunes account information – usernames and passwords. Students who have not participated in the program before need to set up these accounts. Directions are posted under “Student Resources” at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org. These passwords cannot be reset by MISD technicians. The primary causes of delays during deployments are students not having accounts and/or not knowing their passwords.
- Students need to know their MISD account information – usernames and passwords. The accounts have been set up for all MISD students already. These can be reset by MISD technicians. Students may contact their campus iTechs for assistance with password resets.
EdTech Trainers are leading Day Two of EdTech Academy, a series of hands-on technology workshops. During today’s activities, teachers are learning instructional uses for Promethean ActivInspire. During yesterday’s workshops, teachers learned instructional strategies for using iPads in the classroom.
“I was a great day of learning! I really appreciated all of the information presented,” one teacher said.
Summit High School iPad deployment scheduled for today (September 19) and tomorrow (September 20) has been postponed. This is because the servers at Apple that are needed to complete configuration of each device are repeatedly crashing. These problems have been caused by so many users accessing these servers since the release of iOS 7 yesterday.
The Summit dates will be rescheduled for some time during the week of September 30. More information will follow as quickly as possible.
Deployments at Legacy and Lake Ridge remain on the schedule for next week in order to limit disruptions to campus schedules.
We ask that students and teachers postpone updating their iPads to iOS 7 until further notice.
iOS 7 is being released today. This is expected to happen around noon.
If you have an MISD iPad, it would be a good idea to wait several days to update. It’s more likely that you’ll experience slow download speeds or a failed update if you try to do it today. Apple’s servers will be very busy.
This is a good article about the release that includes some other tips: