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Middle School 1:1 iPad Program

At TVS we are proud of how we integrate technology into learning. Via our iPad program our students have:

  • Access to apps that promote increased opportunities for interactivity across the curriculum.
  • New ways to engage with educational content (many learning styles).
  • The potential to replace traditional textbooks with interactive content and dramatically reduce their backpack’s weight.
  • Increased opportunities to collaborate.
  • Opportunities to develop important skills for their futures.

As technology continues to change we are constantly reviewing and iterating our program and practices to improve the classroom experience. Our current middle school 1:1 iPad program is structured as follows.

The school provides 1:1 iPads to students in the 5th grades. These iPads are owned by the school, are kept in carts, and do not go home.

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are required to bring an iPad to school every day. Our faculty have spent much time learning new skills and recreating their lessons to create an environment in which iPads are a valuable and effective learning tool.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT MODEL OF IPAD SHOULD I BUY?

It is strongly recommended that you purchase your iPad through the school’s purchasing program. iPads purchased through this program benefit your child by:

  • Simplifying the process by which iPads are configured for use on the school’s network;
  • Automatically deploying apps used by the school to your child;
  • Allowing for easier, more efficient support (because all iPads will be the same);
  • Assuring that the iPad purchased for your child will meet his or her needs throughout middle school;
  • Providing protection via Apple’s Applecare program.

Note: 2017 is the final year that students will be able to bring in their own iPads. For students entering 6th grade in 2017-18, and for new purchases, we recommend the iPad Air 2 64GB Wi Fi model. Minimum requirement is iPad Air Wi Fi model 32GB.

WHAT APPS DOES MY CHILD NEED?

Your child's teachers will determine the required apps. Any paid apps that are required will be furnished by the school. Your child may be asked to download free apps.

DOES MY CHILD NEED HER OWN ITUNES ACCOUNT?

Students in grades 6-8 will need an iTunes account in order to download books. They do not need one for downloading apps.

WHAT IF MY CHILD'S IPAD IS DAMAGED OR STOLEN?

Since your child will be taking the iPad back and forth between home and school, we strongly recommend that you purchase the Apple Care + protection plan which covers accidental damage for two years. We also strongly recommend that you purchase a rugged protective case. See iPad Cases below.

Students will be required to lock the iPad in their locker when it is not in use. Sixth grade cubbies will be equipped with locking doors for this purpose.

Ultimately, though, each child is responsible for his/her own iPad as with other personal items of value.

WILL THE INTERNET BE FILTERED ON MY CHILD'S IPAD?

Yes. Your child's iPad will connect to the TVS Student Wi Fi network while at school and will receive the same protective filtering as any other computer at school.

DO I NEED TO HAVE WI FI AT HOME?

While wireless internet connectivity at home is not required, the iPad is much less effective without it, and your child may not be able to complete some assignments. If you are not able to provide wireless internet access at home, please communicate this with your child's teachers so that they can plan accordingly.

WILL MY CHILD BE USING ONLY DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS NEXT YEAR?

At this time, not all publishers offer digital textbooks for the courses we offer. However, we are very sensitive to the issue of heavy backpacks and would like to move toward providing as many digital textbooks for your child as possible.

HOW CAN MY CHILD PRINT FROM THE IPAD?

One of the things we hope to accomplish with this program is a reduction in paper use. However, sometimes printing will be helpful and in these cases, wireless printers will be available in the middle school for your child's use.

WHAT IF THERE ARE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH MY CHILD'S IPAD?

Teachers and school technology staff will help your child with any software or iOS issues. For hardware issues, it will be the student's responsibility to obtain service through Apple Care + or a local Apple store.

iPad Cases

Students are required to have a proctective case for the iPad. Sixth graders are also required to have keyboards. Cases must have the following features:

  • corner protection
  • edge protection
  • a stand for easy viewing
  • should fit the iPad snugly

Below are some protective cases and keyboard cases we recommend. (Most are available as well for iPad mini.)

Rugged iPad Cases

Rugged iPad Cases with Keyboards