Frequently Asked Questions - FAQOur family owns an iPad. Can my child use it instead of a school iPad?
No. School owned iPads are specially configured and managed to enhance functionality and student safety. Also, our educational team has carefully chosen a suite of apps to support student learning. Having a consistent platform will enable our teachers and students to create an effective learning environment.
How will the iPads be set up?
Student iPads will be managed and suites of carefully chosen apps will be installed on the iPads by the IT department. Decisions about what apps and content will be placed on student iPads will be decided by teachers and departments on an ongoing basis. iPads are configured to access the Internet through our school’s Internet filtering system whether they connect from school or at home, limiting exposure to inappropriate web content.
Can students download apps?
No. Students and parents are never permitted to download apps unless given specific permission by administration. The school has carefully selected an extensive suite of applications. We will continuously seek out the best educational materials and will solicit suggestions from students, faculty, and parents.
Can my child purchase a different cover for his/her iPad?
No. Covers have been carefully selected for their safety and functionality and should be kept on the iPad at all times. To extend the life of the covers, we ask that they not be altered in any way.
May my child sync his/her school iPad to his/her iTunes account on a home computer?
No. As previously mentioned, the iPads will be specially configured and preloaded with a suite of apps carefully chosen by the educational team. Students should never sync a school iPad to a personal iTunes account on a home or school computer as this will erase the school’s content from the iPad.
Our family shares an Apple ID. Can my child use this one?
No. In order to facilitate iPad backups, participation in iTunesU courses, and iCloud email, students will need to have their own dedicated Apple ID.
Can other people use the iPad during the school day?
No. The iPad is intended to be an individual student tool and the responsibility of a particular student. Borrowing or lending iPads at school is not allowed.
When and where can I use my iPad at school?
The iPad is an academic tool to be used in the classroom under teacher supervision. iPads are not to be taken into the bathroom, to assemblies, to lunch. The iPad is only allowed in the locker room if permission has been granted by building administration. The iPad should be stored in a locked locker or in the designated iPad storage cart when not in use during regular classroom time.
When and how may I use my iPad to record and post images, audio, and video?
We are excited to integrate the capabilities of the iPad in classroom activities. Everything produced on the iPad should show respect for others. Inappropriate use of the iPad to capture images, audio, or video without the permission of the teacher is not allowed. Multimedia content produced as part of a class assignment will be uploaded to the Google Classwork folder.
How will my student charge the iPad?
Students will be issued plug adaptors and cables for charging their iPads at home. The iPad can hold a charge for 10 hours, and our expectation is that students arrive at school each morning with their iPad fully charged. A replacement fee will be charged to student accounts for lost cables and chargers. Parents are encouraged to setup a safe charging area in their home to facilitate nightly charging. Students should use the school issued charger to charge the iPad.
What accessories are included, required, or recommended to use with the iPad?
The iPad will come with a protective case, a plug adapter, and a cable. Earphones/earbuds are highly recommended and will be sold in the Viking Store, but students may want other styles, and parents can choose to purchase other models elsewhere. Over the ear headphones are not permitted in school. A stylus is recommended for some applications and these will also be sold in the Viking Store, but families may want to select their own. External wired keyboards will be made available to use in language arts classes for students who would like to type longer passages using a traditional keyboard.
Do I need to have wireless Internet service at home for this device to work?
No. One of the advantages of the iPad is that it has memory to store textbooks and other materials required for homework, making it unnecessary to have Internet access at home. Naturally, an available connection at home will enable a student to use his/her iPad for Internet research, access files stored in the cloud, and to complete some assignments. The school will provide content filtered Internet access at school. The iPads will also be content filtered when using the Internet off-site. The iPads will not have cellular connection capability. The Internet Essentials program is available for families that qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
Will the district prevent access to inappropriate websites? Will the iPads be filtered off school grounds?Yes. Student iPads will be configured to use the district web-filter both in the district and when connected to home or public WiFi. Upper Merion Area School District has configured the iPad to protect students from obscene material, child pornography, and other visual depictions deemed harmful to minors as defined by the federal Children's Internet Protection Act.
Will iPads replace textbooks?
Not right away. There will be certain textbooks on the iPad and available online to begin the program. As we progress through the curriculum review process we anticipate more textbooks to be available for the iPad.
Can a student add their own entries in the Schoology Calendar?Yes. They can add their own entries, events, etc. to help themselves get organized. Students can also use the reminder App on the iPad to help with organization as well.
What will happen if a student does not bring his or her iPad to school?
Students will still be responsible for the completion of their classwork, without the use of the device. These are the same expectations that would apply if a student forgot a textbook or other class resource.
If I withdraw my child, what must I do?
If you withdraw from school officially or because you were absent (Unexcused) for 10 days in a row, you must return the iPad and charger to Upper Merion Area School District. If the iPad and accessories are not returned, Upper Merion Area School District will contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities.