6th/5th Grade 1:1 iPad Early Adopters

1:1 iPad Early Adopter Program

Roseville Area Schools currently implements a 1:1 iPad program for students in grades 7-12 at PCS, RAMS, RAHS, and FAHS. The district technology team is excited to begin to extend the 1:1 iPad program into upper elementary.  For the 2020-2021 school year, we are introducing an early adopter 1:1 iPad program with a small group of 6th grade and 5th/6th split teaching teams across the district, which will help lead to a future goal of expanding the 1:1 iPad program to all sixth grade students. While all of our school buildings have ample technology for students to use during the school day, there are added benefits to a 1:1 program.  Additionally, students, families and staff will benefit from having iPads in 6th grade as a transition year before joining the 7-12 1:1 iPad program.  As students enter middle school, they will be more prepared to use technology tools to jump into learning from the start of the year.

Click here for more information about the 1:1 iPad Program goals and information, including why we chose iPads.

Stay tuned to your child's building website and communications for information on when to pick up your 6th grade student's iPad and more.

Please complete these two steps within the first few weeks of school:

  1. REVIEW the 1:1 iPad Early Adopter Family & Student Guide with your Student: Click here for ENGLISH  / Haga clic aqui para ESPAÑOL 
  2. PURCHASE iPad Insurance (optional): Click here for more information.

For information on logging into Schoology, Synergy, Paypams, Seesaw, Affinety, Clever, or other programs follow this LINK. 

Questions? Concerns? Comments?

If you have questions about how to login to Schoology or other applications visit www.isd623.org/familytechresources.  If you have other questions or concerns regarding the 1:1 program, feel free to fill out and submit this form. A member of the technology team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you!

ISD 623 District Technology Team

Resources & Support

Along with the links above, here are a few resources to help support your child in using the school iPad.

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Student Expectations

  • Always keep your iPad in a safe place. This includes avoiding extreme temperatures, sharp or heavy objects, moisture, food/beverages, etc. If you put the iPad in your locker, be sure your locker is securely closed with the lock locked.

  • Never lend your iPad to someone else, including siblings.

  • Keep a passcode (your student ID #) on your iPad at all times (except during distance learning).

  • Follow the District Acceptable Use Policy. Failure to follow school policies related to the iPad will result in consequences such as not being allowed to bring the device home and/or being issued a restricted device.

  • Pictures/recordings on the iPad should be taken only for academic purposes. They may not be shared or published without permission. Recordings taken or shared without permission will be reported and may result in consequences such as a disabled camera.

  • Your iPad comes with a district-issued case. It must stay in this protective case, and the screen protector must remain on at all times.

  • If your iPad gets damaged or lost, you need to report it to your teacher immediately. Failure to do so may result in replacement being the responsibility of the family.

Digital Citizenship Resources for Families

Students will receive digital citizenship training throughout the year to encourage responsible use of technology and respectful online interactions.  The curriculum used includes lessons from Common Sense Media shown below. The following are the core topics that will be covered:

 
  • Preparing for iPad Setup and Use
  • iPad Expectations and Behavior Guide
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • Safe and Ethical Use
  • Passwords and Privacy
  • Creating a Positive Digital Footprint
  • Cyberbullying
  • Building a Community of Digital Citizens

Digital Citizenship Resources for Families

Parent / Guardian Guidance

Despite all of the amazing benefits technology can offer, we recognize that the addition of 1:1 devices can also be a difficult thing to manage at home. Therefore, we would like to provide a few suggestions and tips that may help alleviate confusion or stress with this new device in your home.

Suggested Guidelines for iPad Use at Home

  • Monitor what your child is doing while using technology.
  • Install a filter on your home wireless network if you have one. There are many free options available.
  • Check in frequently with your child to ensure that they understand your expectations for technology use.
  • Passcodes are to be shared with parents & guardians.
  • Help your child balance the amount of screen time that they have with other activities. The Screen Time feature in settings may be beneficial in setting limits. Here are instructions on setting up Screen Time
  • Ask your child to do their work on digital devices in an area that is open and supervised. For example, not in the bedroom by themselves.
  • Check that your child has completed their academic work before allowing free time.
  • Require your child to keep the iPad somewhere other than their bedroom at night.
  • If you find your child spending too much time on the iPad, you have the right to take it away at any time. Please allow them to bring it to school the next day or contact school to make a plan.
  • If you find it difficult to monitor work on the iPad, most of their accounts can also be accessed from a desktop computer  at home, if you have one.
  • Click here for more options to help monitor and set limits with your child and his or her school device, and for parental controls. 

Tech Tips & Basic Care Guidelines

Technology Troubles

If the iPad does not seem to be working properly, please attempt the following basic troubleshooting ideas before coming to the Media Center for help:

  • Close the app that you’re in and reopen to try again. You can double-tap and swipe up to close apps.
  • Restart your iPad by holding down the home and power buttons until it shuts down. Then hold down the power button to turn it back on.
  • Check your Wifi connection under Settings > Wi-Fi. It should be connected to ISD623 while at school.
  • Ask a friend or teacher for help.
  • If you are still not able to get your iPad to work properly, please bring it to the media center helpdesk for assistance.

Taking Care of your iPad and Accessories

  • Keep your iPad away from food, beverage, sharp or heavy objects, extreme temperatures, or other circumstances that could potentially damage your iPad.
  • Keep your iPad in your district-issued case at all times.
  • Keep your iPad in a safe place at all times. Never leave it unattended while not locked up, and do not allow others to use your iPad.
  • Be sure you have your passcode set at all times.
  • To clean your iPad, you may use the following approaches: Screen protector and case - use a slightly damp cloth. Glass screen under the screen protector - use only a dry, microfiber cloth.
  • Do not wrap the charging cord around your charger block or iPad as it will result in a crimped cord and will no longer charge your iPad.