1:1 Teaching and Learning Parent Handbook

1:1 Teaching and Learning Parent Handbook
1:1 Teaching and Learning
Parent Handbook
August, 2015
August, 2015
Mission Statement
Our Mission: To provide innovative learning experiences that empower each student to excel and make a difference in a diverse and interconnected world. Introduction
The iPad is an ​
incredible tool to help teachers differentiate instruction
and--as stated in our mission, “to ​
p​
rovide innovative learning experiences which
empower each student…” The iPad empowers students to be more in-charge of
their own learning. Teachers and students are able to utilize iPads as a tool for
self-directed learning, which helps teachers individualize learning and students to
learn at their own pace at unprecedented levels.
The goals of the Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 1:1 teaching
and learning program are to:
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Enhance learning
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Leverage existing and emerging technology for individualizing instruction
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Promote collaboration, increasing student engagement
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Strengthen collaboration, creativity and communication necessary for future
success
Contents
Introduction
BYOiPad
Core Apps
Google Apps for Education
Haiku LMS
Digital Citizenship
Common Sense Media
Website Filtering at Home
Care and Maintenance of Your iPad
Frequently Asked Questions
iPad Use Expectations
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iPad
● If you are choosing the BYOiPad option, the iPad must be an iPad Air or iPad
Retina, and it cannot be 3G or 4G. The iPad will not be erased, but the school will
install mobile device management software and school apps. We recommend
that you backup your BYOiPad using iCloud or iTunes prior to sending it to
school.
● iPads brought to school from home must be in a case. We recommend cases that
cover the corners of the iPad.
● Students should not plug in the iPad to a computer at home as iPads will attempt
to make connections to iTunes on computers. This could—software-wise-adversely affect the educational focus of the iPad.
● Staff reserves the right to confiscate electronic devices being used
inappropriately and/or during prohibited times.
Introduction to Core Apps
A short description of the core apps we use can be located on our 1:1
Teaching and Learning Page for parents: ​
www.d103.org/11teachingandlearning
Google Apps for Education
Google Docs is an online application that lets you create and share
documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Documents are automatically saved
and stored online, so you don’t have to worry about losing an important file. Google
Docs can be accessed from a computer or the iPad. Google Drive is the name given
to the suite of apps available from Google. Google Drive can also be found on the
iPad.
Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents,
and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever you
go, on any device.
Drive is the storage and sharing hub of many of your child's digital assignments. Feel
free to explore the work that your child has stored in their Drive app. Google Docs
are like MS Word documents, but allow multiple people to work on them at one
time. This makes a Google Doc an amazing collaboration tool. Students have used
these to write stories and reports together.
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Haiku
What is a learning management system?
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application or
Web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning
process. Typically, a learning management system provides an instructor with a way
to create and deliver content, monitor student participation, and assess student
performance. A learning management system may also provide students with the
ability to use interactive features such as threaded discussions and access to
embedded videos.
Haiku is a website and an app that our students will use. Haiku Learning is
designed to help teachers spend more time teaching and less time managing
assignments, tracking down homework, and grading papers. Haiku allows teachers
to quickly create assignments, have students hand in digital files, provide online
comments and feedback, annotate digitally, and provide a calendar of events.
Students can use Haiku as a learning hub.
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, teachers will be utilizing Haiku as the
district LMS at various levels depending on the age of the students.
Digital Citizenship
Digital citizenship is integrated into the daily work of students as teachable
moments arise. Additionally, each student will receive explicit instruction on a
number of topics including:
● Cyberbullying
● Evaluating websites
● Online security
● Digital footprints
● Protecting and respecting privacy
● Strategic searching
While it is important for parents to take a strong role in preparing their children
to become responsible citizens in a digital world, it is also important that schools
and parents work together to prepare children. A partnership between home and
school can help all of us meet our goals of raising responsible children in a digital
culture. Common Sense Media, which is an important part of our Digital Citizenship
curriculum, lends itself nicely as a platform that parents and teachers can utilize.
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is an important part of our digital citizenship
curriculum. We encourage you to explore this website as it has materials and
resources for parents.
Three Simple Rules
With technology constantly changing, it’s difficult and unrealistic to have up-to-date
lists of “good” and “bad” technologies. Common Sense Media suggest three simple,
overarching rules for media use at home.
1. Use media together.
2. Be a role model.
3. Keep an eye on the clock and stick to time limits.
(Sacred Heart School, San Francisco)
Conversation Starters at Home
Throughout the school year we will be sharing with you “conversation
starters,” which are topics of relevance to the digital culture we live in today and
your child’s place in it.
At School
Your child will receive digital citizenship lessons integrated into everyday
teaching from all the teachers in the school. Classrooms and common areas will have
posters that create common language for teachers and students to use; most of
these posters will be student-created and displayed in individual classrooms.
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Website Filtering at Home
Many wireless routers come with firmware or software that allows for
filtering of websites and parental controls. If you login to the administrative portal
for your home router, you should be able to find such features. If you are unsure
whether your home wireless router provides such features, you can go to the
company’s website (for example, ​
www.netgear.com​
) and search for support
documents—including a user’s manual—for the model number of your wireless
router.
Even if your router has the ability to filter websites, some people prefer a
more powerful solution that can be more customized. OpenDNS is a service that is
used by thousands of users at homes and also in the enterprise. The following is
from the OpenDNS website:
● Choose the custom Web filtering level thats right for your household
Each household is unique, so OpenDNS gives you flexibility in blocking
Internet content. We divide the Internet's millions of websites neatly into 56
categories, like “adult,” “games,” “academic fraud” and “social media.” Parents
can block entire categories of content, or just choose to block the individual
websites that you know are problematic or unsafe for your family. Or, for
easier setup, you can choose a filtering level: low, medium or high. The low
filtering level blocks just adult content, where the high filtering level blocks
adult content, social networking sites, video-sharing sites and more.
● Simple to setup and manage
Setting up OpenDNS parental controls is as easy as making one simple
change to your wireless router. Follow our detailed instructions for your
wireless router's settings, then choose the content you want to block.
OpenDNS takes effect across your entire household immediately – from your
family computer to your kids' gaming console. Because OpenDNS Internet
parental controls also provide you insight into which websites are being
visited on your home network, the service allows you to easily discover new
problem websites. If you see an inappropriate website appear in your
account statistics you can quickly and easily block the site and, if you wish,
the category of content to which that site belongs.
● A new communication outlet with your kids
OpenDNS helps start a dialogue about Web safety and appropriate use
between you and your kids by letting you customize the page your kids see
when a website's been blocked. Write a message to them and even add an
image to best explain why you've chosen to restrict their access. “That
website isn't allowed in the Smith household because it contains unsafe
content. Love, the management.” Your kids will clearly understand your
logic in restricting access to the websites you've chosen to block. They even
have the option to email you directly from the block page and plead their
case for reversing the block and allowing the site, should you wish to enable
that feature. (​
www.opendns.com​
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Care and Maintenance of Your iPad
iPad Care
Avoid placing weight on the iPad.
Never throw or slide an iPad.
Never expose an iPad to long-term temperature extremes or direct sunlight. An
automobile is not a good place to store an iPad.
iPad Case
Your school-provided iPad comes with a school-issued case. The purpose of the case
is to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported. The iPad must
remain in the school-issued protective case at all times.
iPad Battery
If bringing the iPad back and forth between school and home, the iPad should be
charged using the provided wall charger and brought to school ready to use each
day. It is the student’s responsibility to charge the iPad and ensure it is ready for
use in school each day. Failure to do so may result in the student being unprepared
for class.
iPad Screen
The iPad is an electronic device; handle it with care. 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. While the iPad is scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof.
Avoid using any sharp object(s) on the iPad. The iPad screen is glass and is
vulnerable to cracking. Never place heavy objects on top of the iPad and never drop
your iPad. Careful placement in your backpack is important. 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.
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Lincolnshire­Prairie View School District 103 Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if a district owned device breaks during student use?
The student should tell their classroom teacher immediately. Students/Families are
responsible for damages to district owned devices up to $50 for the first repair and
up to 100% of the cost for any additional repairs. A ​
loaner​
iPad will be issued to the
student until the broken iPad can be repaired. Please do not contact Apple for
repairs.
Families are responsible for all repairs for students participating in BYOiPads.
Q. What if the device is stolen or lost?
If the school-provided device is stolen or lost, notify the school immediately; we may
be able to utilize software to find the iPad. Notifying us immediately gives us the
best opportunity to locate the iPad. If the school-provided device is stolen and the
family makes a police report, the district will replace the iPad as soon as a copy of
the police report is given to the business office. The family is responsible for the cost
to replace the iPad should it be lost. Families are responsible for lost or stolen
BYOiPads.
Q: Can we install our own stuff (applications, apps, videos, music, etc) on the
device?
Yes. A situation may arise where we have to ask you to delete a personal app or
other media if the iPad's hard drive becomes too full and you are unable to complete
assignments or download apps for school.
Q: What about filtering of websites?
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District 103 schools have filters. It will be the parents’ responsibility to supervise
browsing away from school. There are many programs available for filtering
unwanted websites. Some wireless routers now come with this software. ​
OpenDNS
is a program that filters, and there exists a free version that can be found online.
Q: What if we don’t have a Wi-Fi wireless network at home?
VAPL provides free Wi-Fi: ​
http://www.vapld.info/services/computer-services​
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Also, area businesses, such as McDonald’s, Panera bread, Starbucks, etc. often
provide free Wi-Fi. Additionally, students may stay for PASS, after school, or come in
for early morning study hall and use the DW wireless network.
Q: How do I clean the device?
The device can be cleaned with a soft, 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 device
Q. Will the district be providing wireless mice, iPad keyboards or styluses?
No. These and other accessories may be purchased by the family.
Q. What if my child leaves his/her device at home?
Students are expected to bring their device every day. There may be a limited
number of loaner iPads available at each school.
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Students will bring a fully-charged device to school each day (if students are
taking home the iPad).
Students will not take and/or use other students’ devices unless directed by
a teacher.
Parents are responsible for the iPad at home.
Students will not place decorations (stickers, markings, etc.) on the iPad or
any covers owned by District 103.
The iPad must remain in the school-issued protective case at all times.
BYOiPads must remain in a protective case at school.
Students will bring a damaged device to their teacher or notify their teacher
of a missing device as soon as possible.
Students will not a password or a passcode protect their iPad.
Students agree to be responsible for the proper care and educational use of
any devices loaned to them from District 103.
Students will not leave their District 103-loaned device unattended at school
unless directed by a teacher.
Parents are responsible for Internet use outside of school.
Parents will encourage their children to be responsible users and caretakers
of the District 103-loaned device.
My student, ________________________________________, and I understand the expectations and agree to abide by them. _______________________________ Student’s Signature ______________________________ Parent/Guardian’s Signature
Date:________________________________ 10
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