Thursday, September 13, 2012

iPad Orientation with Parents

Thanks so much to everyone for coming to the orientation this evening!! Our goals were to 
  • Inform you
  • Not bore you
  • Not keep you too long!

We hope we accomplished these!
We are very excited to have the ipads go home so that students and teachers 
can quickly get to the next level of integrating ipads into their teaching/learning.

A few things that we wanted to make sure we covered about our session today

1. Wireless Networks.
               Feel free to join your home or other public wireless networks

2. iPad Chargers at School. 
           We spoke with your students about the fact that a fully charged ipad will probably make it          through the day without being charged.  SO we don't believe that your students will need to transport their ipad chargers and cord each day. BUT we will find out as our pilot continues if this is, in fact, true.  We do plan on having chargers available in the ML core classes.

3. The Handout. 
          The handout you received in the Media Center includes your student's school Apple-id and password as well as instructions on how to download paid or already-purchased apps.

4. Appropriate Apps/Downloads. 
            Please work with your child to determine what apps they are downloading so they make good choices. Remember that this is a school iPad and the focus should be on education. Games are not discouraged but this is NOT the focus of the iPad.

5. Personal Music/Movies/Photos
Students can put music on the iPad but please be aware of that the iPads are only 16 GB. Once we really start delving into electronic textbooks these can often be 3 to 4 gb for each ebook. If there is a space issue, we will have to remove personal music/movies/photos. To check the amt of space available on your iPad, go to Settings-General-Usage

6. Student Apple-ids and passwords.
           We want to make sure that Parents had PRIMARY access/control to the student apple-ids and passwords. You can find this userid and passcode on the paperwork from this evening.
             Parents, if you feel the password has been compromised by sharing it with your student or otherwise, contact Laura Maroon at to reset the password.

7. Printing. 
If you would like to print at home, this is a great article to read about the different ways you can do that.

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