To receive an iPad, students and their families must first go to a deployment event at their school. To find out more about deployment and what you will need read through the Deployment Guide.
MONITOR STUDENT PROGRESS
BSD encourages parents and guardians to use the iPad to monitor their child’s academic progress and communicate electronically with their child’s teacher(s). Ask your students to show you what they have learned and created with the iPad, and discuss how they use the device in school.
Canvas Mobile App
Parents and guardians can use the Canvas app installed on the iPad to view their child’s grades, course work, and upcoming assignments. At this time, the district is adopting Canvas as the learning management system and teachers have the option to use Canvas or not in their classrooms.
Parents may also use the Safari browser app to log in to their personal email account to send emails to their child’s teacher(s). Parents and guardians should not add a personal email account to the iPad’s built-in Mail app because personal emails may be visible to anyone who accesses the device.
PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
While iPads are a powerful learning tool, it is important for families to set boundaries around the proper use of the iPad at home. As a parent or guardian, you have the final say as to how much your child uses the iPad at home. Here are some tips on how you can help your child become a safe and responsible digital citizen.
Rules for Home iPad Use
Set rules for your child’s use of the iPad at home:
- The iPad should be FIRST used to complete school work before students use the iPad to visit the Internet, play games or music.
- Check your child’s iPad and their school work regularly.
- To supervise the iPad’s use, have your child use the iPad in a main location like the kitchen or living room.
- To avoid unsupervised iPad use, charge the iPad in your bedroom at night.
- If your child is not following your rules, you have the right to limit access to the device.
Parent Tips and Resources
Common Sense Media provides tips on how to monitor children’s safe and responsible Internet use.
- Using social media responsibly
- Guidelines for monitoring screen time and setting age-appropriate schedules
- Educational websites for young children
- Managing cell phone use
- Signing a Family Agreement with an age-appropriate checklist to guide conversations with your child about the responsible use of media and technology
iPad Content is Not Private
Because iPads are district property, school/district administration has access to each iPads Internet history, photos, and other information. Students are required to unlock the iPad upon request by district staff.
Apps Not Allowed on BSD iPads
Certain apps are not allowed on BSD iPads due to concerns such as student privacy and online safety. Other apps may be added to this list in the future. Students also have access to the Bethel App Store called Self-Service where all curricular apps they have access to have been fully approved by district staff including free and paid apps.
iPad Screen and Care
- Only clean iPad screens with a soft, lint-free cloth like a clean, dry dish towel.
- Never use window cleaners, household chemicals or cleaners, ammonia, alcohol-based products, or other abrasives to clean your iPad. They could remove the special coating and or scratch the screen.
- Never use compressed air to clean ports (the little openings on the edges of the iPad where cords are plugged in).
- Never lean on the screen or stack heavy objects on top of the iPad
- Never place liquids near an iPad including in backpacks and book bags
- Never use sharp objects on the iPad screen including pencils and pens
- Never leave your iPad in heat above 95 F or in cold temperatures below 32 F
- Keep the iPad away from water and extreme humidity
Damaged, Lost, Stolen iPads
Report the damaged, lost, stolen iPad to your student's school.