Shared iPads at School in Grades K, 1 and 2:
Students in Grades K, 1 and 2 will have access to small classroom sets of approximately 13 iPads through their teachers. These devices are exclusively used for instruction, and only with direct teacher supervision. It is essential in the 21st century that children have the opportunity to utilize devices that will be ubiquitous in their futures under appropriate, supervised, educational conditions. Additionally, students are able to experience individualized and immediate response and feedback from the few apps that we use, which have been hand-selected for educational value, developmental appropriateness, and safety, including a “zero-tolerance” policy for marketing that is in place at Nottingham. These devices are equipped with RetinaShield blue spectrum light filters in addition to their protective cases. They are not issued to students, and are kept in the classroom, for use in educational technology-integrated lessons designed by the teacher, often in concert with the educational technology administrator, who coaches staff on best- and research-based practices in effective, developmentally-appropriate uses of these devices for learning. Students are not permitted to use these devices for “screen time,” which is the recreational use of the devices. Please visit the Parent Media Academy to learn more about this.
iPads in the 1:1 Student-Issued Program (grades 3 – 5)
Students in Grade 3 at each school in Arlington Public Schools are issued an APS-owned, APS-issued iPad device. As of Spring 2017, the currently-issued device is an Apple iPad Air 2. These devices are not used every minute of the day and they are used to supplement teacher instruction and personalized learning. Additionally, by policy, the devices are NOT used during:
- Lunch, to encourage prosocial interaction
- Recess, to promote free physical play and student interaction
- Extended Day, to limit recreational “screen time,” unless specifically granted permission by the teacher and the family to use the device for an academic purpose in a supervised setting
- During school or teacher designated quiet time
These devices are learning tools to be used in the context of the APS Personalized Learning initiative. This is a county-level program not specific to Nottingham ES. Please visit the APS Personalized Learning website to learn more about this program.The iPads issued are purchased, owned, managed, and maintained by the APS Department of Information Services.
The devices in the APS program are managed by a mobile device management system (MDM). The MDM controls the settings on each iPad, for each student. The MDM used in APS is called AirWatch. All device restrictions and settings are controlled centrally by the APS Department of Information Services. Neither individuals nor schools can modify these settings.
Device Management by the Classroom Teacher (Apple Classroom)
Apple Classroom is an iPad app for the teacher. It provides new ways to guide learning and control student iPad devices in the classroom. With Apple Classroom, the teacher can perform actions on each student’s iPad to guide their experience during class. For example, the teacher can help a student or an entire class open an app, view a teacher-pushed webpage, monitor student activity, remotely lock and mute student devices, share student screens and even project student work on other iPads or share it with the whole close through AirPlay and the many integrated Apple TVs at Nottingham. This new tool and electronic teacher interaction help students focus on exactly what we want them to learn.
This software tool only works within the school and teachers can only control and monitor devices of students of which they have enroled in their unique class. By design, there is no extended ability to monitor any device outside of our school through Apple Classroom. If you have any specific questions about this new initiative, please contact Mr. Crouse directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Possession and Responsibility
In grades 3-5, it is anticipated that the devices will be sent home each day with the student and it is the expectation that the student brings it to school each day for optimal classroom learning experience.
Some parents may wish to opt-out of this and may directly ask their child’s classroom teacher to oversee and ensure that your child surrenders the device at the end of the school day for safe-keeping at Nottingham. In these cases, the student will take possession of the device each school day from their classroom teacher.
To learn about how Internet Content is filtered by the APS Department of Information Services, as required by Federal Law, please visit http://discovery.apsva.us/blocking. Additionally, through Global Protect, a virtual VPN service, the APS iPad devices are continually filtering content and material regardless of which wireless network the device is connected.