People who have upgraded MISD iPads to iOS 8 are not able to use the Apple App Store. We are working on this issue.
If you have not upgraded to iOS 8 on your district-issued iPad, we recommend waiting until these issues are resolved.
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The way that iOS 8 interacts with systems used by the district has created a variety of problems that we are working through. We recommend that anyone who has not downloaded iOS 8 avoid doing so for now.
High School Parents:
Because most sophomores, juniors, and seniors have iPads that they kept over the summer, deployment this year is focused on students who are new to the Power Up 1:1 program such as freshmen and students who are new to MISD. Days are scheduled to issue iPads to these students at each high school. Technicians will be present to guide students through the process of configuring their iPads. Students who didn’t attend iTunes Prep during schedule pick up will also complete iTunes setup on this day.
Students will need to bring their student IDs. They must also have signed Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) and iPad User Agreements signed by their parents, both of which are available in Skyward and can be signed electronically through the registration process. Please use this link to begin that process: http://www.mansfieldisd.org/page.cfm?p=4882. It’s quick and easy!
Students must also have paid their $50 deposits (online or by check) to be issued iPads.
Discounted deposits are available for students who qualify for the free ($10 deposit) and reduced ($25 deposit) lunch program. The application for the free and reduced lunch program is available at this link: http://www.mansfieldisd.org/page.cfm?p=4681
Important: If you plan to apply for the free and reduced lunch program, please complete the online application and wait for status to be determined before paying the iPad deposit.
Important: Students who have deposits in place already should not pay again.
Parents of incoming ninth graders can pay deposits now using the following link:
If you have questions about RevTrak, please email email@example.com.
Please check out the parent resources on http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org. There is a series of videos called “iPad, iParent: Parenting Strategies for the Digital Age,” that illustrates how to help your child to make good decisions about iPad use and otherwise practice good digital citizenship. Parents have shared that some of the strategies used to monitor student use are especially helpful.
Please post any questions as comments.
We look forward to working with you and your student this year!
|School||iPad Deployment Date|
|FHS* & AEC*||Thursday, August 28th (All students)
|THS||Friday, August 29th (Freshmen only)
|LHS||Tuesday, September 2nd (Freshmen only)
|MHS||Wednesday & Thursday, September 3rd & 4th (Freshmen only)|
|LRH||Friday, September 5th (Freshmen only)
|SHS||Monday & Tuesday, September 8th & 9th (Freshmen only)|
Students in grades 10-12 at FHS and AEC may pay their deposits by check to the bookkeeper on Thursday, August 28 and pick up their iPads on Thursday, August 28. This is “soft opening,” an opportunity to verify procedures with a smaller group of students prior to the large freshmen deployments the following week.
FHS and AEC students who would prefer to pay using a credit or debit card will need to wait until after September 8 to pay their deposits and pick up their iPads on the September 10 deployment date. (Please see the chart below.)
Dates for New Students and Other Students who are Initially Checking out iPads
Important: Students in grades 10-12 will be uploaded into RevTrak on September 8. This is to limit the risk of overpayment of deposits.
Students who are not freshmen but want to check out an iPad can be issued one on these days:
|School||Dates for New Students and Other Students Initially Checking out iPads|
|FHS & AEC||Wednesday, September 10th (All Students)
|THS||Thursday, September 11th (All Students)
|LHS (Legacy)||Friday, September 12th (All Students)
|MHS||Monday, September 15th (All Students)
|LRH (Lake Ridge)||Tuesday, September 16th (All Students)
We’re looking forward to the teachers returning to work next week.
If there’s any way that we can help you, please contact the Help Desk at 817.299.HELP (4357) or key a work order at http://eduphoria.mansfieldisd.org.
Remember that your Eduphoria username and password is the same as your email password.