iPads at CCHS & CCMS

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One to One Initiative

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday we rob our children of tomorrow." John Dewey

Public education continues to search for ways to prepare our nation's students to be 21st Century citizens. This has become increasingly difficult using the 19th and 20th Century teaching strategies and resources available to us. We are trying to prepare students for a society that has become global. Our graduates will be required to have the kind of global skills that can be developed and perfected through the One-to-One initiative. The One-to-One initiative is not a technology initiative. It is an instructional initiative. In order to fully engage and challenge today's learners, the school environment must reflect the complexity of the modern world. A dynamic interaction must take place between the teacher and the student. Students at C.C.H.S. and C.C.M.S. will experience a dynamic learning environment on a daily basis,and in turn, become lifelong learners and active, knowledgeable and creative citizens.

This initiative provides an Apple iPad device for each of our Culver Community High & Middle School students. One-to-One Learning Environments work best when the school owns the computer, but the student has it for educational use 24 hours a day. Having the district own the device allows the district to control the devices’ use. Teachers and support staff need to know that the device has the expected software loaded and working, so that they can fully embrace a change in the learning environment that pervasive computing technology offers them.

Each Culver Community High & Middle School student, grades 7 through 12, will receive an Apple iPad 2, assigned to him or her. They will be permitted, and expected, to take their iPad home and work on assignments and projects. Students will be able to access the Internet from their iPad and provisions will be made to accommodate students that do not have internet access in their homes. One such accommodation is a wireless signal that is accessible in the parking area in front of the high school. Students within proximity of this location will be able to download needed information to their iPad so they can access those materials stored at a later time, regardless of where they are located. Each device will have safeguards installed that will restrict student access to inappropriate sites. Activity will be monitored and inappropriate, improper or illegal use will result in the student’s loss of privileges and possible disciplinary consequences.

More About Culver Community Schools

Culver is a small community in northern Indiana, known for Lake Maxinkuckee, its quiet setting and caring people that give it that home town feeling. Culver Community Schools Corporation was consolidated in 1968. It is comprised of four small towns in four townships from four different counties: Bass Lake in North Bend Township, Starke County; Culver in Union Township, Marshall County; Leiters Ford in Aubbeenaubbee Township, Fulton County; and Monterey in Tippecanoe Township, Pulaski County. Our corporation is a reflection of all four communities, filled with eager students and caring staff. This is the backdrop of our story, because to understand our story is to understand the dynamics of the people of Culver Community Schools Corporation.

Our administrative and teaching staff have continually researched new, engaging, flexible learning options for our students. We began with new teaching tools in each classroom with Promethean Boards, iPods and interactive software. We are initiating a one-to-one program where each student in the high school and middle school will be issued an iPad 2 that they will use and be responsible for. A large portion of their class books will be digital books on their iPads. Eventually, as textbooks adoption years roll by, the goal is to have all of our textbooks digitally installed on the iPads. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, and we must stay on top of it to give our students as many advantages as possible.

After much research, testing, and discussion with the school board, administrators, technology specialists and teachers, Culver Community Schools Corporation selected Apple Corporation as the provider of iPads for a One-to-One initiative. The iPad cost, battery life, size, function, and simplicity make it more than just a mobile computing device; it's a new way of learning.

The pursuit of alternative funding also began to bear fruit. Culver Community Schools Corporation is using Capital Projects Funding and grant money to fund the program. Teacher training is scheduled for the summer of 2011, and policies and procedures are currently being developed. As we prepare for the 2011-2012 school year, the Culver Community Schools Corporation is poised to embrace a new and exciting tool that will help prepare our students for success in the 21st century.

Appropriate Use of the iPad

Culver Community Schools Corporation is pleased to provide students and staff a wide variety of technology resources. The corporation encourages students and staff to use the resources to promote educational excellence in our schools. Culver Community Schools Corporation Appropriate Use Policy provides general guidance concerning the use of school computers and other electronic devices and provides examples of prohibited uses. Students, parents, and school staff who have questions about whether a particular activity is prohibited are encouraged to contact a building administrator. These rules apply to all school computers, all school-provided electronic devices wherever used, all uses of school servers, and internet access and networks, regardless of how they are accessed.

In addition to the corporation’s Appropriate Use Policy, students are to follow the iPad policies described under the Student/Parent Guide.

Care and Maintenance of the iPad

  1. Do not attempt to gain access to the internal electronics or repair your iPad. If your iPad fails to work or is damaged, report the problem to the Technology Department as soon as possible. iPad repair/replacement options will be determined by the technology staff. You may be issued a temporary iPad, or other materials, until your iPad is working properly or replaced.

  2. Never leave an iPad unattended. When not in your personal possession, the iPad should be in a secure, locked environment. Unattended iPads will be collected and stored in the school’s main office.

  3. Never expose an iPad to long-term temperature extremes or direct sunlight. An automobile is not a good place to store an iPad.

  4. iPads do not respond well to liquids. Avoid applying liquids to the iPad. The iPad can be cleaned with a soft, slightly water-dampened, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in the openings. Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the iPad. Use of unapproved cleaners may remove the protective film covering the face of the iPad.

  5. While the iPad is scratch resistant, the iPad will scratch. Avoid using any sharp object(s) on the iPad.

  6. Your iPad comes with a case. The role of the case is to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported. It is best practice to leave the iPad in its case as much as possible.

  7. Avoid placing weight on the iPad.

  8. Never throw or slide an iPad.

  9. Your iPad comes with ports for charging and other accessories. Care must be exercised when plugging and unplugging accessories. Student-issued iPad accessories are the responsibility of the student.

  10. Each iPad has the ability to be remotely located (if the proper software is loaded by the user).

  11. Each iPad has a unique identification number, and at no time should the numbers or labels be modified or removed.

  12. Do not lend your iPad to another person. Each iPad is assigned to an individual, and the responsibility for the care of the iPad solely rests with that individual.

  13. The iPad is an electronic device, and care must be exercised when handling the iPad.
  14. Never throw a book bag that contains an iPad. Never place an iPad in a book bag that contains food, liquids, heavy, or sharp objects.

  15. The iPad is designed for daily use; therefore, each iPad must be charged and ready for use each school day. iPads should be charged at home.

  16. The iPad and the iPad cover must remain free of stickers, writing, painting, or any other forms of adornment.

Student & Parent Guide

Student Use of the iPad
  1. The iPad is the property of the Culver Community Schools Corporation and as a result may be seized and reviewed at any time. The student should have NO expectation of privacy of materials found on an iPad or a school supplied or supported email service. 

  2. The Culver Community Schools Corporation iPad is the only approved personal computer allowed. All other computers are not allowed and are subject to seizure.

  3. The iPad comes equipped with both a front and rear-facing camera and video capacities. As with all recording devices, it is best practice and common courtesy to ask permission before recording an individual, or group. All Culver Community Schools are closed campuses, with the Culver Community
  4. Schools Corporation retaining the rights concerning any recording and/or publishing of any student or staff member’s work or image. Students must obtain school permission to publish a photograph or video of any school related activity.

  5. Students are responsible for bringing their iPad to school every day, unless otherwise directed by a staff member. Failure to bring an iPad, or any other class material(s), does not release the student from their responsibility for class work. If a student repeatedly fails to bring materials to class, including an iPad, the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

  6. The student shall bring their iPad to school fully charged. A student's repeated failure to charge his/her iPad may result in disciplinary action.

  7. While personalized screensavers or backgrounds are permitted, inappropriate or provocative images including but not limited to pornographic images, guns, weapons, inappropriate language, threatening language, drug, alcohol, or gang related images are not permitted and subject to disciplinary action.

  8. A student may download music with the permission of a staff member.

  9. Games, music, videos, and sound use will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher and building administrator.

  10. The iPad affords limited electronic storage space. As with all electronic files, it is good practice to back up, duplicate, or archive files to an independent storage space. 

  11. The Culver Community Schools Corporation iPad is designed as a tool for school work; any uses of the iPad should be limited to school activities.

  12. All students should recognize and guard their personal and private information. While on the Internet, students shall not reveal personal information, including a home address or phone number, or the address or phone numbers of other students. 

  13. Culver Community Schools Corporation encourages students to take their iPad home at night for class work and recharging. All the rules and regulations that are in effect during the school day extend to the use of the iPad at home.

  14. Culver Community Schools Corporation makes no guarantee, written or implied, that materials on the iPad, including student work, will be safe from deletion or corruption, accidental or otherwise.

Parents' Guide to Student Use

Culver Community Schools Corporation recognizes that with new technologies comes new challenges to both teachers and parents. Below is a series of suggestions drawn from a wide variety of professional sources that may aid you, the parent, in effectively guiding your child’s use of the iPad.
  1. Take extra steps to protect your child. Encourage your child to use and store the iPad in an open area of your home, such as the kitchen or family room, so you can monitor what your child is doing online.
  2. Use the Internet with your child to help develop safe surfing habits. Children often model adult behavior.

  3. Go where your child goes online. Monitor the places that your child visits. Let your child know that you're there, and help teach her/him how to act as s/he works and socializes online.

  4. Review your child’s friends list. You may want to limit your child’s online “friends” to people your child actually knows and is working with in real life.

  5. Understand sites' privacy policies. Internet sites should spell out your rights to review and delete your child’s information.

  6. Limit the time your student is on the iPad. While the iPad is a very engaging device, it is a school work device. Care and constant monitoring will reduce your child’s exposure to excessive use.

  7. Report unwelcome or malicious online threats. Report in a timely fashion to the school any online interactions that can be considered threatening.

  8. Help your child develop a routine. Many parents have found success by helping create a routine for their child’s computer use. Define a routine as to how the iPad is cared for and when and where its use is appropriate.

  9. Take a look at the apps or programs. It is to the advantage of the students, parents, and school that the parents have a working understanding of the programs and student work found on the iPad.

  10. Read and share with your child the Culver Community iPad care and use policies. By reading and discussing the care and use policies, you can create a clear set of expectations and limitations for your child.

Cost & Damages

Cost

The initial cost of the iPad is paid by the school corporation. The Culver Community One-To-One Initiative should have little effect on the total amount a student pays in book fees. 


The cost of the iPad includes: the iPad, iPad case, iPad charger, software applications (apps) including a reading program, a writing program, and assorted programs/accessories specific to individual classes.


Once the iPad is given to the student, no custom modification will be allowed. If there is an instance of this, necessary discipline actions will be taken.

Damages

Should an iPad be damaged, lost, or stolen the student and parent/guardian should immediately notify the school administration. The filing of a police report by the parent/ guardian may be advised at that time.


In the event that an iPad is damaged, lost, or stolen the student/parent will be assessed a fee for the repair or replacement of the iPad. Culver Community Schools will be self insuring the iPads for Parents/Students. If a student has damage to the iPad, there will be a $50 deductible fee. If the student has a second or third break of the iPad, the deductible goes up by $25 each time. If the damage to the iPad is intentional then the student/parent will be charged the full cost (up to $500.00).


Students who leave Culver Community Schools Corporation during the school year must return the iPad, along with any other accessories, at the time they leave the corporation.

Distribution of the iPad

Each high school and middle school student will receive a formatted iPad.


A unique, individual iPad will follow the student throughout the student’s career at Culver Community High / Middle School. A parent/guardian may choose not to participate in the iPad program by sending written notification to the building principal. As a substitute for the iPad, books and other materials will be distributed to the student when available. Culver Community Schools Corporation cannot guarantee equal access to materials and/or quality of materials to students opting out of the iPad program.


iPads will be distributed at the beginning of the school year and collected at the end of the school year.

All iPads must be returned by the last day of the school year or the student will be charged replacement costs of the iPad.


Students who leave Culver Community Schools Corporation during the school year must return their iPad, along with any other accessories when they leave the corporation. Failure to return an iPad in a timely fashion may result in legal action.


Summer use of an iPad will be by instructor request only. There is no general student use of a school-issued iPad during the summer.

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