Academic FAQ

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Will the teachers be trained on the iPad?

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Yes, teachers will get an iPad at the end of the school year. They will practice using them during the summer to develop and modify lessons that include the use of iPad apps or electronic books. During the school year, teachers will continue their professional development so that they can fully utilize all of the capabilities of the iPad with their students.

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What kinds of files can students send from their iPad to a computer to save or print?

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Apps that allow you to save and send files via email include Notes, Pages, Keynote, and SmartRecorder. There are many other apps that allow you to do this that we do not yet know about. Students may also use Dropbox or other online storage sites to access their files. These sites can be opened on a computer and files can then be synchronized across all devices and accessed at any time.

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Can students use the assistive technology settings?

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Yes the assistive technology settings include a screen reader, the ability to increase the text size and to change the background from white to black.

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Will iPads be disruptive to the educational environment?

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The iPad sound will be turned off during the class periods so that there will be no audio disruptions during the lessons when they are being taught. Teachers will monitor student activity while they are using the iPad during class to prevent disruptive or inappropriate behavior.
Students may not use their cell phones, iPads, or other electronic devices in class, during assemblies, or during any school- wide community gathering unless given permission by a teacher, administrator, or Technology department member.

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Will textbooks be online?

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Some textbooks are already available online. Several textbook publishers produce an e-text as a pdf that can be accessed via the Internet. Some of these are free, and some are not. Textbook companies expect to have electronic versions of their books available in the next two to three years.

An app called Inkling is offering some textbooks that can be purchased by the chapter or the entire book. At this time, none of our teachers are using the textbooks available through Inkling. However, several teachers are exploring this option for the future.

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, "...higher-education textbook publisher McGraw-Hill Co. signed an agreement with interactive textbook start-up Inkling to make more of its titles available through Inkling's app for Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet. Pearson PLC said it is also in advanced discussions with Inkling to offer a portion of its titles through the same app." The article also states that, "...CourseSmart LLC, a joint venture of five publishers, offer digitized versions of print textbooks, but they tend to be straight conversions and don't take full advantage of the tablets' interactive capabilities."

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703905404576164702261714850.html#ixzz1FNXm3jv5

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Can the students watch videos and listen to music and podcasts?

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Yes, as long as it doesn't cause interference in the educational environment. Teachers may assign students podcasts and videos to hear and view as a part of their lessons. To watch YouTube videos, the iPad must be connected to the Internet. Students will be expected to use earbuds so as not to interrupt others in the educational environment.

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How are students expected to use the iPads?

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Students will be expected to use the iPads in any way that is not disruptive to the educational environment. The school will determine what is deemed as appropriate while in school and when using the school-issued iPad when off campus. A faculty member or administrator may randomly audit student iPads to verify that students are following the Acceptable Use Policy and not adding any inappropriate apps to their iPads.

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What will the standard productivity tools be for the students?

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Notes - take quick notes
Keynote - create presentations
Pages - create longer documents and to take notes
Numbers - create spreadsheets
Evernote - collect, sort, tag and annotate notes and other miscellaneous information

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Can students use real books instead of books on the iPad?

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Yes.

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What will students use to store their documents?

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Storing documents on an iPad is different than that of a computer. Students will use apps such as Notes and Pages to take notes during classes and to complete homework and assignments. When these apps are used, the documents are automatically saved and can always be accessed on the iPad within the app itself. Students can use Keynote and Numbers to create presentations and spreadsheets. These files will also be automatically saved in the same way that Notes and Pages files are saved.