Minnehaha Academy iPad Program General Guidelines and

Minnehaha Academy iPad Program General Guidelines and
Minnehaha Academy iPad Program
General Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions
Students learn collaboration, communication, creativity. and critical thinking in a
variety of ways throughout the school day. Minnehaha Academy views the use of
personal instructional technology as one way of enhancing our mission to teach the
skills, knowledge, and behaviors students will need to be informed and responsible
Personal electronic devices can enhance classroom instruction in the following ways:
• Document creation/editing/annotation
• Note-taking
• Formative assessments
• Accessing resources in real time
• 3-D Images
• Virtual dissections
• Conversion tables
• Maps
• Calculations
• Graphing exercises
• Cameras
• Project Enhancement
• Planners/Calendars/Assignment tracking
• Polling
• Online resources and texts
General Guidelines for the Use of iPads
The “Responsible Use Guidelines for Students – Minnehaha Academy Upper School iPad Program” guide the use of iPads in the school. Students should also be familiar with the Acceptable Use Policy: Network and Internet Use in the Student Handbook •
The teacher is the instructional leader and determines when and how iPads are
to be used in the classroom and for specific projects.
iPads should arrive to school functional and fully charged.
iPads will connect to the Network for filtered Internet access.
Students are responsible for the safety, operation, troubleshooting and repair of
their own iPads.
Approved devices must be in silent mode while on the school campus, unless
otherwise allowed by a teacher. Headphones or earbuds may be used with
teacher permission.
The school’s network filters will be applied to a device’s connection to the
internet and any attempt to bypass the network filters is prohibited.
Students and parents should be aware that devices are subject to search by
school administrators if the device is suspected of a violation of the student code
of conduct. If the device is locked or password protected the student will be required to unlock the device at the request of a school administrator. • Personal devices must be charged prior to school and run on battery power
while at school.
• Each user is responsible for his/her own device and should use it responsibly and
appropriately. Minnehaha Academy is not responsible for stolen, lost, or
damaged devices, including lost or corrupted data on those devices. While
school employees will help students identify how to keep personal devices
secure, students will have the final responsibility for securing their personal
devices. Please check with your homeowner’s policy regarding coverage of
personal electronic devices, as many insurance policies can cover loss or
9th-12th grades:
have the option to bring their own iPad (iPad 4 minimum required; iPad Air 2
recommended) or students
may lease an iPad Air 2 for a fee of $180. Leased iPads will be picked-up on
Monday or Tuesday before school begins.
Students who lease school-owned iPads will be allowed to keep iPad over the
9th grade: All student iPads will be enrolled in a mobile device management (MDM)
system for security and distribution of apps. The MDM is Jamf Pro (formerly known as
Casper Suite).
9th grade students who bring their own must bring their iPad to the North Campus
Tech Office by August 1 (erased). The Tech Team will enroll the iPad in the MDM and
students will be able to pick-up their iPad when school begins.
New Students who are leasing the iPad will receive their leased iPad when
school begins.
Returning Students who have leased at 8th grade during the 2016-17 school year will
have kept their leased iPads over the summer and will simply return to school with
the iPad.
Minnehaha Academy iPad Program
What type of “device” should students bring to school?
Students may bring iPads (iPad 4 or newer with the iPad Air2 recommended) or
iPad Minis. Because instruction will be specifically based on applications available
on iPads, these types of devices are required.
Are there specific requirements that devices must meet to be added to the school
Students will use their MA network login credentials to connect to a secure WiFi
network. Students will not be able to plug into the network through an Ethernet
cable. Current virus protection is highly encouraged.
How do students access the school network? Is it required that students use the
school wireless network, or can they use their own 3G or 4G service? Most devices
will detect a wireless connection when in proximity and prompt the user for access.
Students can simply choose “MA_Secure” from the list. If the device does not display a
prompt to choose a wireless network, students can go to the settings menu of their
device and choose the MA_Secure network.
Users are required to connect to the MA_Secure WiFi network for filtered access,
faster response, and to avoid data use in excess of their personal data plan. This
network is not the same as the network users normally access from a school
computer. Network folders will not be available through the network, so students will
need to save their work to their Google Drive, or another means.
Will I have access to school-purchased software from personal technology devices
(e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, etc.)?
No. School-purchased software is only available on school-owned equipment. Access
is similar to Wi-Fi access that would be available in a public place like a coffee shop or
a hotel.
My device will not connect to the network. Can the staff help me?
It is not the responsibility of your teachers or the tech staff to troubleshoot
individual devices during the school day. You should consult with the online help
resources available for your individual device.
What rules apply to the use of these devices on the network?
As with all technology use, personal or school-owned, students should use technology
for educational purposes with the permission of the teacher or an administrator. While
students own the device, the Network belongs to the school, so Internet access will be
filtered, and all acceptable use policies and guidelines apply.
What happens if a student uses the device inappropriately?
Violations of school rules or procedures involving a student’s personally owned device
will result in the disciplinary consequences outlined in “Responsible Use Guidelines for
Students” In addition, the school reserves the right to inspect a student’s personal
device if there is reason to believe that the student has violated school policies or
procedures regarding the use of the device, or has engaged in other misconduct while
using their personal device.
Who is responsible if the device is damaged, stolen, or lost?
Minnehaha Academy is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced devices or
items. Here are some recommendations to minimize this risk or make it easier to
handle if something should occur:
• Some devices have a device locator; parents and/or students may want to enable
this feature if possible.
• It is a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft.
• Personal electronic devices should not be left around the school or in
unlocked lockers
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