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iPad Reconfiguration Project

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For the past several weeks, Mansfield ISD Technology Development crews have been upgrading student iPads at Mansfield High School. Announcements and email have been used to notify staff and students at that campus.

Features that were not available at the time of the original deployment are being activated on devices now.

Once an iPad is reconfigured, students have the option to use one of several different browsers. Traffic is routed back through the district’s filter. Early indications are that this is improving students’ experiences with their iPads.

A change that has been requested by many teachers, administrators, parents, and students is to disable iMessage. This eliminates the unsolicited messages that have been a nuisance to many users. We’ve heard from some staff and students who use iMessage for educational purposes that they will miss it, and their flexibility in adapting is appreciated! Other communication tools such as My Big Campus will continue to be available.

We’ll keep you posted as the project progresses. The goal is to complete these upgrades for all students at all high schools with minimal disruption to the instructional day.

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  1. Tricia Treude #

    I wish you would reconsider allowing FaceTime and iMessaging. It comes in handy for group chats where group projects are involved & kids schedules or transportation limitations, make it a challenge to meet together in a physical location. Can we not punish the few who abuse a privilege, rather than the entire student body?

    February 12, 2013
    • This project does not affect FaceTime. Also, there are several other tools that provide features similar to iMessage. My Big Campus, for example, provides a conduit for communication and also flags some messages to be reviewed for inappropriate images.

      February 12, 2013

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