School iPad Deployments
We are excited to announce that iPad deployments started this week! Please be on the lookout for their iPads coming home in their bags, along with their chargers in a ziplock over the next few days. The following is the deployment schedule:
Thursday August 12th - 6th Grade
Friday August 13th - 5th Grade
Monday August 16th - 4th Grade
Tuesday August 17th - 3rd Grade
Wednesday August 18th - 2nd Grade
Thursday August 19th - 1st Grade
Friday August 20th - K5 (iPads will remain on campus)
Keyboard, Case, and Carrying Bag
Students in 2nd - 6th grade are required to provide a protective case with a keyboard for their iPad. If your child is a returning student, then the iPad cases they used last year will still work. If looking to buy or replace the case, the case/keyboard combos we highly recommend are made by either Logitech or Zagg. We recommend selecting one of their more rugged cases to endure the daily handling and transport of the iPad.
K5 and 1st grade iPads have a case already on them. You may opt to change them, but we recommend replacing them with a similar case as the OtterBox cases on them.
Carrying Bag: Additionally, because students will be traveling across campus with their iPads, as well as taking and bringing their iPads back and forth from home, and the iPads are the responsibility of the students to keep in good and working condition, we also highly recommend that students have a carrying bag for their iPad. The following are a few suggestions for this, but feel free to select any protective bag that would fit up to a 10.2 inch iPad:
Here are few tips for helping manage the iPad at home with your children:
Tip #1: Pick a common area at home to use as a charging location for the iPad so that students are able to put their iPads "to sleep" each evening that is away from their nightstands/bedrooms.
Tip #2: Have students plug it in each night to give the iPad "full energy" to keep up with their learning and school needs the next day.
Tip #3: Set up screen time restrictions settings for help managing the iPad usage: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208982*
*If you set up a Screen Time passcode, please submit the passcode here: Screen Time Passcode Submission Form. This passcode will be required for iPad troubleshooting purposes in the future.
Building Good Digital Citizenship Practices
In the coming weeks, and throughout the school year, we will be working with all students to introduce and continue to develop and build good digital citizenship practices. This will be embedded into their daily curriculum, but also be provided as additional enrichment through avenues like Design Thinking class and homeroom workshops. Also be on the lookout for a parent workshop in the coming months.
We are looking forward to a year full of amazing teaching and learning opportunities supported and amplified by the iPads and other campus technology!
The Park Maitland Technology Team