iPad FAQ

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What is an iPad?

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An iPad is a book-sized touch screen computing device.

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How is an iPad used?

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An iPad is used by touching and tapping on the screen.

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Will the students buy their own iPads?

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No, Maryvale will provide each student with an iPad.

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What will the costs be for the students and their families?

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The Technology fee has been increased by $150 next year. This fee will allow for Maryvale to provide all students with an iPad, a protective case, the Apple Care policy and supplemental insurance. Some teachers may ask students to purchase apps and/or books during the school year. The expected cost of these apps and/or books is less than $100 per year. Students may purchase accessories such as a stylus and/or a keyboard. These accessories are not mandatory. Students are required to have their own earbuds with them at all times for use with the iPad in the educational environment.

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Who will pay for apps, novels and textbooks?

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Parents/students will be responsible for paying for the apps that teachers require. Departmental funds may be used to purchase apps that can be used within or across disciplines. Parents/students will be responsible for purchasing and downloading all books for their classes. Parents will need to budget up to $100 per year for purchasing apps, books, and possibly other supplemental items and accessories.

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How will the iPads be identified?

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All iPads will be identified by serial number. We also need parents to enable the "find me" setting on their daughter's iPad. The instructions are provided at the following link: http://www.apple.com/mobileme/features/find-my-iphone.html

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How will students care for the iPads?

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Students may only use a soft cleaning cloth to wipe off the screen. Students may NOT use cleaning fluids or anything with a rough texture to clean the device.

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Can the students mark or decorate their iPad or case?

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Students are not allowed to deface, mark, or decorate the iPad or case by writing or drawing on them with WhiteOut, markers, fingernail polish or other permanent or temporary marking devices. Students may not adhere stickers to or attach any other semi-permanent or permanent decorations to the iPads and/or cases. Students who intentionally damage, destroy, or deface their iPad cases will be required to purchase a replacement case. Students who intentionally deface the iPad will be assessed a fee and may be required to purchase a replacement iPad.

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Where can students use their iPads while on campus?

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Students are responsible for the use and care of their iPads at all times. They may use them in most places while on campus. They may use their iPad during lunch (but not in the Dining Room) and free periods, before and after school, when they are finished their food and/or beverages.

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Where will the iPad be stored during the school day and after school?

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Students will keep their iPads securely locked in their lockers or in their backpacks at all times while at school. Students should keep their iPad in a safe and secure place as determined by their parents while at home. Students may not leave their iPads in a vehicle or other location that experiences extreme temperatures.

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Can students print from an iPad?

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Yes, printers are becoming available, however, there are no printers specifically set up to print from the iPads at Maryvale. Students can send themselves files to be printed from the iPad to their school email accounts. They can then open their email at school and print to the Student Lounge printer.

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What happens if students forget the passcode to unlock their iPads?

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iPads can be restored by using the computer with which it was last synchronized. This allows you to reset your passcode and resync the data from the device (or restore from a backup). If the device is restored on a different computer that was never synced with that device, it will be unlocked and the passcode will be removed, but the data will not be present. Apps can then be reinstalled after the device has been reset.

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Will students be allowed to let a friend use their iPad?

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According to the iPad Agreement, "The Equipment shall be used and operated only by the Student Member." According to the AUP, "Users may not, under any circumstances, log on under or use another user's account or iPad."

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When can students use the iPad cameras?

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The camera on the iPad can only be used under the direction and with the permission of a faculty member.

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Can the camera be disabled?

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FaceTime is one of the major new iPad 2 features. By default, you can make video calls through a WiFi network. If you want to prevent misuse, you can disable the FaceTime feature.

How to block and turn off FaceTime video calls:

· On the Home Screen, tap Settings > General > Restrictions.
· Enable restrictions and enter your 4 Digit Passcode.
· In the restrictions screen, turn off FaceTime. Then you won't make or receive any calls on your iPad 2.

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Will the students take the iPads home?

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Yes, students will be allowed to take their iPads home every day. Those students who do not want to take them home may leave them at school locked securely in their lockers.

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Will students have access to the Internet while at home?

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The iPad is designed to be used with a wireless network. If students and their families have a wireless network set up at their homes, the iPad can be set up to use with it.

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Where should the iPad be plugged in when at home?

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The iPad should be plugged into a power strip with a surge protector on it and can be charged and synced at the same time while plugged into a computer.

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What if the iPad loses its connection to a home network?

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It may be a difficulty with your wireless Network Mode. The iPad works fine with a pure n Mode, but does not work in mixed b/g/n mode.
This is an issue you may need to refer to your Internet Service Provider.

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Can the iPad be restored with apps and information if they need to be reset or apps are accidentally deleted?

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Yes, if students sync their iPads with their computers on a regular basis they will always have a back up ready to be restored to their iPads. Information about restoring and backing up iPads can be found at the Apple website http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414

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Are there any viruses that the iPad can get?

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None that we are aware of.

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Are there any known issues with the iPad 2?

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Some people have reported issues with light bleeding causing a "yellowing" of the iPad 2 display. If you notice this on your device, please report it immediately. Watch this YouTube video to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFToaBPv0Xg&NR=1

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How will students let the Technology Department know that they are having problems with their devices?

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On the iMaryvale section on the Maryvale website, there will be a form to fill out that will then be sent to the Technology Department. After that form is submitted, students may drop off their iPad between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM or 3:00 PM and 3:15 PM to the Technology Office. After the device has been evaluated, students may have their device returned to them or possibly pick up a loaner device.

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Will students get another iPad to use if theirs is broken or is somehow made unusable in the classroom?

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Yes, we will have a supply on hand to loan to the students while theirs is getting fixed.

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What will happen if a student does not return the iPad if she leaves Maryvale early or graduates?

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If a student does not return the Maryvale iPad, her report card may be held until it is returned. Students may be required to pay for any iPad or buy a replacement iPad for missing or stolen units.

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Who do I contact if I need more Information?

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Lisa Cohen
Maryvale Preparatory School
Academic Technology Director
11300 Falls Road
Brooklandville, MD 21022
410-308-8595
410-252-3366
cohenl@maryvale.com

Sarah Butcher
Maryvale Preparatory School
Digital Media Specialist
11300 Falls Road
Brooklandville, MD 21022
410-308-8596
butchers@maryvale.com

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What if I don't want my daughter to have an iPad?

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We believe that providing all of our students with iPads is an educationally sound decision. We are preparing our students for the future, and technology is a part of their future. The decision to provide all of our students with iPads was made after several years of discussion, research and testing. Using the iPad will be a part of her educational program at Maryvale, and it will be used in much the same way that she uses her books, paper and pens or pencils now.

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Is the iPad a proven educational tool?

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Technology moves faster than the studies to determine educational effectiveness can be completed. However, we know that the students are excited and interested in using iPads to enhance their learning. We are also preparing our students for their future, and this is one way that we believe they will be more prepared to enter college and the workforce. Access to information is the key to a successful education these days and providing anywhere, anytime access using an interactive and engaging tool will help our students achieve their goals and beyond. We want our students to use the iPad to enhance their learning, but not necessarily replace the classroom teacher and the educational experiences that students have within a school building.