PowerUp! iPad Deployment FAQs
The information in this post refers to the 2012-2013 school year.
New program information has been posted in another location. Please see this the following post for 2013-2014 program updates:
I am a teacher or non-teaching professional who missed the summer deployment days for teachers and non-teaching professionals. When and where can I get a district-issued iPad now?
Teachers and non-teaching professionals will have the opportunity to get iPads on the upcoming deployment days scheduled at their schools.
Will paraprofessionals be issued iPads as part of this deployment?
That is outside the scope of this project.
Can students do homework on the iPad?
Yes. Please use this link to access information about how My Big Campus can facilitate many classroom activities: https://misdtechnotes.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/my-big-campus-teacher-accounts-created-store-resources-assigncollect-work-electronically-give-quizzes/
Are there applications designed to support teachers in the managing and delivering of content including the distribution and collection of assignments, grading, as well as feedback and improvement?
Yes. Please use this link to access information about My Big Campus:
Can these apps allow both students and teachers to access files on school networks?
My Big Campus can be used for storage and sharing of files.
Please use this link to access getting started materials for this system:
Will the multiple labs that held computers be continued? (Since students can now use word processing and do research on their iPad?)
There are no plans to eliminate open labs. Students can use word processing software and do research on their iPads, too. This will increase access to technology for all students and teachers at the high school campuses.
Is the district planning on purchasing Apple TVs and extra monitors (large screens) for student group use in the meeting areas library-learning commons, distance learning labs, etc.?
Apple TV is not capable of working within the District’s wireless infrastructure. As new versions of firmware continue to be released, we’ll look for opportunities to introduce this type of equipment. At this time, large screen televisions in common areas are not within the scope of the project.
The students will need remote storage due to the fact you cannot plug a USB storage device into iPads.
My Big Campus provides unlimited storage, with a maximum individual file size of 100 MB. Please utilize this link to access materials needed to get started on My Big Campus: https://misdtechnotes.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/my-big-campus-teacher-accounts-created-store-resources-assigncollect-work-electronically-give-quizzes/
Will the teachers have to train the students on how to use the iPad (i.e. how to download apps and perform mandatory software updates)?
No. Students learn how to complete these basic functions as they setup their own iPads.
Is there a block on social media websites?
Yes. My Big Campus has many of the same features and is filtered. Please use this link to access information needed to get started on My Big Campus: https://misdtechnotes.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/my-big-campus-teacher-accounts-created-store-resources-assigncollect-work-electronically-give-quizzes/
Can we ask our students to place iPads in a designated place during tests?
No, it’s not a good practice to collect all devices in one area of the room. Ask them to turn the devices upside down. You can use My Big Campus to administer quizzes.
Major issue is each teacher having different policies for use of the iPad. The Technotes blog has stated:
“The teacher determines whether a specific use is appropriate at a given time.” A reply to a parent question from this post: http://misd technotes.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/powerup-ipad-deployment-facs/ Parents will, rightly so, be able to say “This behavior is okay in Ms. B’s class, why is my child being punished for the same behavior in Mr. J’s class? Show me the policy in writing.
Appropriate times for using computers, calculators, and other tools are determined by teachers. These vary from teacher to teacher and room to room.
The iPad User Agreement addresses this topic in written form. Please review it at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org
Is it possible to make training videos and send it out to students? For example, tutorial videos and school announcements.
Yes. Training materials are being shared with teachers already.
Where can I get up to date information about the progress of the PowerUp! program?
This blog, https://misdtechnotes.wordpress.com will be used to post updates on a daily basis.
General information and forms can be found at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org.
When and where can my child pick up his/her iPad?
iPads will be deployed at Frontier High School on August 14 and 15.
Deployment will begin at Lake Ridge High School on August 28.
Other schools will be visited in this order:
Do you have specific dates set for each school?
No. The rate at which schools will be completed will depend primarily on how well students and teachers prepare.
Please get a copy of the Student Checklist at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org so that your child’s experience is as quick as possible!
Turning in forms and fees can be taken care of during registration/schedule pickup, as can getting an MISD username and password. Students who do this will be added to an “iPass” list so that they can skip these steps on the deployment day.
Do students get iPads at registration/schedule pickup?
At Frontier, deployment is scheduled on August 14 and 15. It’s before school begins so that we can test the procedure in a setting that is smaller than other MISD high schools.
Other high school campuses are scheduled after school begins. The order was determined by drawing.
Do all fees have to be paid at registration/schedule pickup?
No. You can wait to pay the fees up until the day of the deployment.
Are there any discounts?
There is a sliding scale based on participation in the federal free and reduced school lunch program.
- Standard Fee: $50.00
- Students who qualify for reduced price lunches: $25.00
- Students who qualify for free lunches: $10.00
If you qualify, you do not need to ask the MISD Student Nutrition Department for verification of your status.
Are teachers and students required to pay for insurance?
Please see the iPad User Agreement for information about the optional student insurance policy: http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org.
These are responses to supplemental insurance questions provided by the MISD Risk Management Office:
When does the coverage need to be paid? How long does it last?
The parents purchase a one year policy. So, basically they can purchase coverage at any time; they will just have coverage into the next school year if purchased later in the year. If the student has to turn an ipad in for warranty work, etc. and s/he receives a loaner, s/he would have coverage on the loaner while in his/her custody.
With the supplemental coverage, what do you have to do to file a claim?
When student thinks an iPad has been stolen s/he MUST FILE A POLICE REPORT. There is no coverage if a police report is not made.
Is there coverage for theft from the student’s car?
The student HAS COVERAGE for theft in his/her car when (1) the car doors are locked, (2) windows are rolled up and (3) there are signs of forced entry. A police report is mandatory.
What do I do if I can’t afford insurance for the iPad?
The insurance is optional. Please read the iPad User Agreement at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org.
Will students with the insurance be issued another iPad if lost or stolen?
If lost or stolen iPads are found off campus using the tracking device, will police officers be responsible for collecting the stolen items?
The MISD Police will be involved.
How long will it take to be issued another iPad if the lost or stolen iPad is not located?
This will need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Is the additional insurance a one-time fee or will students pay each year?
It’s renewed annually. Please see the iPad User Agreement at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org
Will the $50 usage fee be a one-time charge or will students pay each year?
It’s an annual fee. Please see the iPad User Agreement at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org
When will fees need to be paid?
The fee needs to be paid prior to receipt of the iPad. This can be at registration/schedule pickup or up to the day of deployment.
Is my child required to get an iPad?
Do the iPads take the place of textbooks?
No timeline as been established for phasing out paper textbooks. The iPad can serve as a means of accessing much of the same content.
If my child doesn’t get an iPad, will he or she be able to participate in class?
Yes. There will be an alternative means of completing assignments.
How can the devices be tracked?
There is a Mobile Device Management (MDM) system that monitors the location of each device and reports if someone attempts to tamper with it.
Does it come with a cover. If so, do I have to use the cover provided?
The Griffin Survivor Case is provided. It should be used to protect the device.
What do students need to do to get ready to receive an iPad?
The Student Checklist is posted at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org. This list includes a description of each item that a student must have in order to get an iPad.
All forms needed to complete the steps described in the Student Checklist are at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org.
May I turn in some of the required items at one time and then come back with more things to complete my file later?
To keep the process moving quickly for you, we’re prepared to take a complete set of forms and fees at the same time, not in pieces. If a student is missing something that is required, s/he may come back later during registration/schedule pickup with the complete set of materials or wait to turn them in on the day of the deployment. We recommend turning in all paperwork and fees on the day of registration/schedule pickup.
Will there be any apps loaded on the iPads?
There are several free apps that will be on the devices. We’re reevaluating paid apps that may be provided due to some free options that are available.
An iTunes account is required to use an iPad. If I don’t have a computer at home, when and where can I set one up?
Please come to any of the locations listed in the table below at the date and time indicated. Technicians will help you to get an iTunes account set up.
Students from any school may attend any of these workshops.
|August 6||Timberview High School||Library||10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|August 7||Frontier High School||Lab B103||10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|August 8||Lake Ridge High School||Library||10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|August 9||Summit High School||Library||10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|August 20||Mansfield High School||Library||10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|August 21||Legacy High School||Library||10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
If my child already has an iPad and an Apple ID, what software will need to be installed on it by MISD to take advantage of the same features that students with MISD-provided iPads have?
The Airwatch Mobile Device Management app will need to be installed. This can be done during the deployment at your child’s school.
Should I have a separate iTunes account for my MISD-issued iPad?
That’s up to you. The iPad User Agreement and the Acceptable Use Policy state that inappropriate content cannot be on a device in use in the District or a District-owned device in any location. Having a separate iTunes account for work is a step that some people take to minimize the risk of inappropriate content appearing on a District-owned device.
Will an iPad 1 that I’ve bought for my son or daughter work?
The only conflicts we’re aware of involve devices that use IOS 4 instead of IOS 5. We can’t make any guarantees about whether a device brought from home will work or a commitment to troubleshoot them.
What are the consequences if I attempt to jailbreak my iPad?
The consequences outlined in the Code of Conduct apply.
Who is responsible for keeping the iPads charged?
This is the responsibility of the user. Please consult the iPad User Agreement at http://edtech.mansfieldisd.org.
What if another student spills water on my child’s iPad while in the science lab and it’s ruined – who is responsible for the damage?
Determination of responsibility for damage is on a case-by-case basis. The Griffin Survivor case resists water and includes a screen protector. A spill would not be likely to damage an iPad that is protected by this case.
Can the iPads be purchased from the district at the end of the school year and/or when students graduate?
No, because they will continue to be used in the District.
Will there be an app loaded to allow students and teachers to print from the iPad? If yes, will the campuses have wireless printers (not all students have wireless printers at home)?
The completed assignment can be emailed or uploaded into My Big Campus to share with other students or teachers. The current collection of printers will continue to be used in the District. By using electronic tools, the amount of printing and copying is expected to decrease significantly. Eanes ISD reported that less printing took place in that District following its 1:1 pilot.