What about the built-in video camera and Facetime application?

We understand that real-time video communications present both an opportunity and a challenge.  Students have the ability to use the camera for picture and video taking capabilities, as long as it is used appropriately.  For school-owned devices, will have the capacity to turn the camera on or off in the school setting as educational projects require and students demonstrate responsible behavior.  For personally-owned devices, if inappropriate student use becomes an issue, school staff will be in touch with families to develop an appropriate solution.

What about online safety and exposure to inappropriate content?

Like all parents, our teachers, school staff, and administrators are all rightfully concerned about student safety including online or cyber safety. Just as we teach our kids to safely cross the street, use the playground, and bike to their friend’s house, we’ll need to teach them to use technology and the internet in a safe and responsible manner. The first step in doing so is to educate ourselves about the nature and severity of the risks, the likelihood and consequences of the risks, and the benefits and costs associated with the risks. With a clear understanding of these we can work together to develop strategies for mitigating risks while teaching independence. This is a key piece in teaching our children appropriate digital citizenship, a key skill all students need for college and career success.

Inappropriate content will always be a challenge. At school all Internet access through our wireless network infrastructure (WiFi) is filtered for inappropriate content. For off campus use, parents may opt to enable some Parental Restrictions on the iPad to enable safeguards for student web use in Safari, or have their child use a child appropriate browser such as Mobicip Safe Browser which provides content filtering.  Additionally the iPad can be set to only allow age- appropriate media for Music & Podcasts, Movies, TV Shows, Apps, and In-App purchases.

Can we sync apps, music, videos, movies, books, podcasts, etc. to the iPad using iTunes on a home computer?

Family owned devices that have done “Lease-to-Own” or purchased their iPads through the district can have their iPad synced to a home computer.  School owned devices will be preconfigured with school related apps and material on them and  cannot by synced with a home computer.

Can we buy our own Apps and install them on the iPad?

Family owned devices that have done “Lease-to-Own” or purchased their iPads through the district can be personalized and have apps installed through a personal Apple ID.  School owned devices will be preconfigured with school related apps and material on them and cannot have personal apps installed.

Can we put our personal media (music, books, videos, etc.) on the iPad?

Family owned devices that have done “Lease-to-Own” or purchased their iPads through the district can be personalized and have personal media installed.  School owned devices will be preconfigured with school related apps and material on them and cannot have personal media installed.

Why student email and what will it look like?

Student email is a critical part of our program as it allows students to communicate, collaborate, and is the universal method for exporting work from the iPad. A personal email account (through our MURSD exchange) is provided and administered by district IT personnel so we can resolve and support issues locally, and disable accounts if students use email inappropriately. Next, the account does not display advertisements and we are able to specify the domains from which students can send or receive email. Email configuration is one of the iPadʼs managed settings so students will not be able to change their school account settings although they could add a personal account. They will use the iPadʼs Mail app to send and receive email.