Our primary objective for implementing a 1:1 program is to prepare students to enter a world that requires the effective integration of technology into daily life. The most important component of this goal is promoting a 21st century learning environment where technology is utilized to enhance the curriculum and maximize learning. Ultimately, it is our sincere desire to provide your child with the best educational experience possible, and we believe the implementation of a 1:1 iPad program will help reach this objective.
Why start in 4th grade?
Starting in grade 4, students are given a Google Drive account to create and share documents. As a part of this, they will also receive an email address. Utilizing the iPad allows for easy and quick use of these tools for creating, communicating and sharing. 4th grade is also the time that students will begin more project based assignments, in which the iPad will be a necessary tool.
Why use the iPad? Aren’t there other devices that could be used by students in the classroom?
There are many devices that could be used in the classroom. Because there is no one perfect device, we have the responsibility to make judgments as we consider qualities such as cost, ease of use, flexibility, etc. That being said, the iPad, in our view, is the best technology tool for learning at this time.
Can students opt out of the iPad Program?
No, because the iPad will be the tool used to accomplish many tasks in class.
How will the iPads be utilized in school?
The iPads will be an integral part of the daily curriculum. Students will use the device to take and organize notes, conduct research, complete coursework and utilize specific applications to enhance learning. We will also be researching whether it makes sense to move textbooks over to this device. Our goal is that the iPad will be integrated in a manner that maximizes student engagement and positively transforms the learning environment.
How will we know the iPad program is successful?
As we all grow together with this iPad 1:1 program, these are indicators of a successful iPad program.
- The devices engage students in classroom instruction and productivity in new ways.
- The devices provide persistent access to classroom content and research resources.
- The devices promote creation of student projects and content in new ways.
- The devices build a more personalized approach to learning and productivity for students.
Can I purchase an iPad through the school?
Currently, no. The school does not offer an option to purchase iPads.
What are the minimum requirements for the iPad?
Please see the following file here for information.
How will Skycrest manage student accounts?
Families and students will be responsible for creating and maintaining their own Apple IDs for downloading and purchasing apps. For more information, please see this article.
What apps does my student need to have on their device, and who will provide the apps?
All school required apps will be managed by our school's Mobile Device Managment (MDM) software. There is no cost to families for these apps.
What about other apps my student might want or need?
The school chosen apps will serve your student well throughout the year, but there may be other apps you would like to install for your student. This is your decision as a parent.
My child wants some games on their iPad. Is that okay?
Students and families may load games on the devices. However, we will be working closely with students on how to use the iPads properly and building strategies with them on how to deal with technology-related distractions. The reality is that all of us need to learn how to manage these potential distractions in our lives, and the solution is in creating intentional methods of dealing with these distractions and not in banning content altogether. However, if you feel that your student is better served by not having any games or other such content on their device, then you are free to make that decision. No matter what you decide to allow on the iPad, while at school the appropriate and acceptable usage policy still applies and any student violating this will be subject to the discipline referral process.
Will the Internet be filtered for my student?
School Internet access is filtered using our Meraki security appliance. Please note that filtered access while at home or other locations is a family responsibility.
Can my child print documents from their iPad?
The iPad is equipped with an airprint function that works with certain types of printers; however, the school will not be providing any air printing options on campus. A major benefit of a 1:1 iPad program is the ability to submit work electronically, which most teachers will require. If hard copies of assignments are requested, the student will need to print from home. With the cloud based storage systems our students will be utilizing, including Google Drive, accessing and printing completed assignments from home should be easy.