1:1 Initiative - 2014-2015 - Grades 7-12
“Utilizing technology to synthesize the teaching-learning process”
Concordia Lutheran Schools 1:1 iPad Initiative
An innovative leader in academic excellence, Concordia Jr.-Sr. High School recognizes that students of this generation – digital natives – learn and engage in education differently than students of the past. Research has demonstrated that today’s students learn best when they are actively engaged. Technology helps engage students.
Why is the iPad Such A Great Tool for Students?
We believe students today need a 21st-century communication tool that they can use to collect, synthesize, and produce evidence of their learning.
Concordia Jr.-Sr. High has been researching technology options for students since 2011 when it was evident that mobile technology was changing the social, economic, and educational landscape globally. As the iPad was introduced, it was clear that education was on the verge of something uniquely compelling and different from desktop and laptop computers. The improvements to the product and the global adoption of the tool make its integration into the educational life of students an obvious step for schools to take.
Some key reasons that Concordia has chosen the iPad to be the device used in school are:
- The broad developer base provides numerous discipline-specific apps.
- The iPad’s instant on/off capability preserves class-time for meaningful learning activities.
- The built-in camera takes quality pictures and movies and is easy to use for in-class activities. With one or two simple taps, the images taken by the camera can be accessed and integrated into a seemingly endless array of iPad apps.
- Drawing on the iPad’s screen is useful in a variety of disciplines.
- Handwriting on the iPad’s screen is useful for quick note-taking in all classes.
- It allows for easy face-to-face interaction, avoiding the barrier between students and teachers that occurs with a traditional laptop lid.
- Pen-based annotation of documents and books is quick and easy.
- The long battery life means that students can make it through an entire school day without recharging.
- Reading textbooks and other long-form materials on the iPad is more comfortable than on a traditional laptop screen.
- The iPad’s small size allows it to fit conveniently in student lockers and backpacks.
- There are fewer pieces and components on the iPad than on a traditional laptop, reducing maintenance expenses.
Fall 2014 Grades 7-10: Every student is required to have an Apple iPad2, iPad Retina Display, or iPad Mini (any iPad excluding the original) as part of their daily school supply. 32GB of storage is strongly preferred, but a 16GB version may be used. School textbooks and apps will consume up to 15GB of storage space. The iPad will utilize wireless connectivity. There will be no use of 3G or 4G connectivity for school purposes. CLSO has no way to monitor 3G and 4G connectivity.
Three primary texts will be used in grades 7 & 8 via the iPad. Those texts are anticipated to be Math, Science, and English. Three primary texts will be used in grades 9 & 10 via the iPad. Those texts are anticipated to be Math, Science, and Spanish. In each case, these will be approximately 3GB files, consuming a minimum of 9GB of space. Many additional apps will be used. While most apps require much less space, in total, they will require an additional 3-6GB of space minimum.
Fall 2014 Grades 11-12: Students are encouraged but not required to have an Apple iPad2, iPad Retina Display, or iPad Mini as part of their daily school supply. The original iPad will work for some applications. A 16GB device will be sufficient. School apps will consume 6-10GB of storage space. Juniors and seniors may bring android devices instead of an iPad, noting that not every app will be available for android download.
For juniors and seniors, no primary texts will be loaded onto the iPad. Use of the iPad will be supplemental to the text and other sources. Teachers are excited for the implementation. At the same time, we are respectful that parents of juniors and seniors have 1 or 2 years to use the device for school purposes. As a result, we have made the device optional for students in grades 11 and 12.
Along With Synthesizing the Teaching-Learning Process,
What Specific Skills Will be Taught?
As students become familiar with the iPad through the course of the school year, a wide range of knowledge and skills will be acquired.
It is our goal for each student to have a strong working knowledge of the functionality and capability of his/her digital device. Although this is not an exhaustive list, some baseline skills for device usage and key productivity apps that will be utilized across the curriculum are included below.
- Find, open, save, and close local files located on the tablet
- Find, move, copy, open, and save files stored in the cloud
- Create new folders, and navigate through nested folders
- Follow standard filename conventions
- Change existing file and folder names
- Identify key features and practices of email etiquette
- Locate and select network printers
- Change printer settings (e.g. duplex, portrait vs. landscape printing)
- View classes and assignments via Veracross
- Download attachments and post to forums
- Learn how to access information through student portal on school website
- Learn how to change passwords
- Bold, italicize, and underline text
- Change font style and size
- Change the alignment of text
- Change the default document template
- Adjust page borders
- Insert page numbers
- Insert footnotes
- Insert and format a table
- Insert and format an image
- Create columns
- Insert and format text
- Sort by columns
- Select a predefined theme and apply it to all slides
- Insert and format text
- Insert and format an image
- Insert and format a table
- Change font style and size
- Bold, italicize, and underline text
- Record voice-over narration
- Insert a hyperlink
- Insert a video clip
- Build elements onto a slide
- Transition between slides
- Insert and format shapes
- Send and receive email through the iPad Mail app and through the website link
- Setup iCal to access their Google Calendar
- Add and edit events in iCal/ Google Calendar
- View Google Docs
- Film video
- Insert video clips and still images into a movie
- Insert text
- Apply transitions between scenes
- Record voice-over narration
- Insert a song or recording
- Export video to Google Apps for Concordia’s YouTube channel
- Use note-taking apps (e.g., Notability)
- Annotate PDFs and other documents
Students should be familiar with the attitudes and behaviors associated with positive participation in online activities related to:
- Intellectual property rights, plagiarism and illegal downloading of music and video files
- Responsible posting of messages and pictures to social networking sites and email
- Understanding and responding to cyber bullying
- Balancing appropriate amount of screen time with other activities
- Using proper methods for documenting and attributing content
Student use of their 1:1 device in school falls under the guidelines of the school's Acceptable Use Policy for technology. Access to the internet is monitored through the school content filter and all rules and expectations are applied to the use of the 1:1 device. Textbooks, apps, and documents provided by the school and stored on the 1:1 device remain the property of Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha. Students should consider the 1:1 device much like a locker. If there is question about the acceptable use of or content on the device, it is subject to review. Failure to comply will be treated as failure to comply with the school Acceptable Use Policy and will be dealt with as specified in the school discipline code.
Using Your 1:1 Device at School
1:1 devices will be used at school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for use, school messages, announcements, independent reading, calendars and schedules may be accessed using the device. Students are responsible to bring their device to all classes, unless specifically instructed not to do so by their teacher.
When a student leaves their 1:1 device at home, they are responsible for getting the coursework completed just as if they had it. Devices should be brought to school fully charged each day.
Storing Your 1:1 Device
When students are not using their 1:1 device, they should be stored in their locked hallway locker. Students are encouraged to take their device home every day after school – regardless of whether they need it for homework or not – to charge it. Under no circumstances should 1:1 devices be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, the lunchroom, locker rooms, unlocked classrooms, restrooms, and hallways. A device left in these areas is in danger of being stolen.
Case: Based on experience, we highly recommend a rugged iPad case. You will have to negotiate “fashion” over “protection” as you consider what case is right for you. A few well-known cases that offer extreme protection are outlined below. As you consider a case, think about protection for the glass screen, impact protection at the corners, and the ability to prop up the iPad at an angle for better typing ergonomics.
- Zagg Folio
- G Form Extreme Portfolio
- GumDrop Tech Series & Military Edition
- Lifeproof Nuud Case
- DoDo Case Classic
- Kickstand Case with Stylus
- OtterBox Defender
- Black or Pink Survivor
Stylus: A stylus is helpful in a variety of classes for drawing diagrams and handwriting notes. There are many options, but personal preference is key when it comes to this tool.
- Griffin Stylus
- Bamboo Stylus
- Boxwave Mini
Headphones/Ear buds: We recommend that students have manageably sized headphones or ear buds for listening to audio files that teachers use during lessons in class.
Insurance: New iPad devices come with a one-year Applecare plan. A 2nd year can be purchased. Used devices may or may not fall under Applecare protection. In addition, many insurance companies, including those that provide homeowners insurance, offer supplemental insurance for both normal and extreme damage, loss, and theft. The worth of that insurance is unknown. It is available through a variety of vendors if you are interested.
Genius Bar: Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha will not serve as a “Genius Bar” for iPads. Apple products are best serviced at the Apple store nearest you when problems arise. You can schedule a Genius Bar appointment on-line or by calling an Apple store when you have a problem. If you have problems receiving or completing downloads of school issued textbooks or apps, we will do our best to resolve those problems internally.
Concordia Jr.-Sr. High encourages a paperless environment. Teachers will give instruction for submitting assignments online when possible. There are times when a student may need a printed copy. In these situations, students should talk to their teacher about which printer to use and for instructions on how to print to that printer.
Concordia faculty continuously research key apps for use in the academic disciplines. Purchasing and installing textbook apps and other apps that will be used in school is the responsibility of the school. Other content may be on the device, but the user is responsible for having adequate storage space for school content. Every student in grades 7-10 will be required to have the following apps and is responsible for their purchase. These apps, if your device does not have them, will be available this summer through the school volume purchase agreement for purchase at approximately ½ price.
- Google Drive
Saving documents with your 1:1 device is done using "cloud" document sharing capabilities. This requires you to have an account with DropBox or Google. Using this account, you can save and export your documents in several different formats for later use. This allows you to access your documents from other sources via the internet. You can also share your documents with others in your class or your instructor.
Much like life, there are locations on the Internet that are dangerous. Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha efforts to block these sites while the students are on the school network by using our web content blocking software. Students are in violation of school policy if they access these sites through proxies or deactivate or bypass security software. Our expectation is that students know right from wrong and exercise good judgment while being wise stewards of the gift of discernment. When there is a question about the appropriateness of a site, a teacher will be glad to help. Digital citizenship is a vital skill to today’s youth. Concordia will work toward even more digital citizenship education as we approach the next school year.
Why does every incoming 7th – 10th grader need his/her own iPad?
Simply stated, with the iPad, classroom walls are virtually removed. Both inside and outside of the school building, each student can seamlessly maintain and extend the learning process. Additionally, each student will have access to his/her own particular device and be able to customize it based on his/her own individual educational and organizational needs and preferences.
The device itself allows students to engage learning in a 21st-century context. The iPad is a device that is:
- Connected: The Internet and its expansive information is a touch away.
- Mobile: Learning, information, and communication is possible any time, anywhere.
- Collaborative: Social media enables students to join global discussions.
- Resourceful: Students can build their own library of thousands of resources such as online books, textbooks, and audio and video files – all at their fingertips in a wide range of engaging formats.
- Ubiquitous and Equitable: Students have access to the same resources as everyone else around the world.
- Personal: It is a tool that allows for individual customization, integration, and responsibility.
Why does the device have to be an Apple product, and specifically, an iPad?
By requiring all students to use an Apple iPad product, the educational experiences can be shared by everyone. The receipt and submission of material can be accomplished more seamlessly, as well.
The iPad is currently the most versatile and highly effective product for what we hope to achieve in the classroom. Additionally, the long battery life, touchscreen format, and vibrant app developer make this product appealing. Finally, our teachers and students have been using Apple products for a several years. Utilizing the mobile device created by Apple streamlines the training and implementation of the technology within classrooms.
What happens when the next version of the iPad emerges or something better comes out?
There is no doubt Apple will continue to roll out newer versions of iPads. We will not ask families to upgrade every time a new model is launched. Any required iPad model upgrades would be passed along to an incoming 7th grade class.
It is a common perspective that most laptops begin to wear down and/or fall behind technologically after approximately three to four years. It appears that the iPad is similar to the laptop in this way. It is likely that families will need to consider if a newer model of iPad would be necessary for their student after three to four years of use.
There may eventually be products that are or will be better than Apple’s. However, as long as Apple remains one of the forerunners in technological advancement, we will not need to change the product of choice. If its products are significantly surpassed in an educationally meaningful way, we would consider switching one or more classes of students to the new device at that time. For us, the device is just that; a tool to be used in the service of teaching and learning. The education must always come before any particular educational tool, whether a desk, textbook, ruler, or an iPad.
Are families paying for the iPad?
Yes. This is because the iPad should, ideally, be personalized by each family to be an effective and positive tool for both home and school life.
Do students, or does the school, purchase the apps for the iPad?
Concordia will manage school apps. There will be a basic list of required apps that the family is responsible to pay for. Beyond that, the school will cover the cost of other apps needed by students.
Can students buy games? Will the school monitor what is being downloaded?
Normally, students will not be allowed to play games at school during school hours. That said, the iPad is owned by the family. What is purchased for the iPad beyond school apps is a family decision. Students will have access to all of the apps and iBooks in the Apple iTunes Store with their personal or parents’ Apple ID*. The school will not be monitoring apps purchased for uses other than school.
*Apple’s policy states that no one under the age of 13 may have his or her own Apple ID, but it does allow for usage under the
Apple ID of a parent or guardian.
What happens if my student downloads too many apps without my permission?
It will be important for parents to establish clear lines of communication and supervision of the iPad. As you might assume, all app sales are final. Establishing clear parameters with your student regarding purchasing will be essential.
How will the school handle the theft or physical damage of a device?
The iPad is your family’s personal device. It will be the student’s responsibility to ensure its protection and security. When purchasing the iPad, insurance against damage is available. Additionally, there are apps that will track and locate misplaced or taken devices. iPad covers and protectors are also available for purchase.
What apps and accessories will be required?
Students are required to use a case to protect their iPad. The iPad will be used regularly both inside and outside of the traditional classroom setting. It is important that a minimum level of physical protection for the device is provided. You might want to review the iPad Apps & Accessories list, which identifies the apps that each student will be required to install, apps that are recommended but not required, and other helpful accessories Concordia teachers have identified.
How will you make sure that students don’t overindulge in technology and social media?
Technology and social media can become an excessive element of life. We will make it our job to educate students about these pitfalls. We want students to become wise, godly users of their computing devices. Our teachers are thoughtful about how to use the right tool at the right time, but this is a partnership. Concordia cannot set family parameters for technology in the home. Our voice will not be as strong or impactful as the parent voice in the life of their child. A balanced and biblical view of life in regard to technology will require parent and the school to work together. We believe God will work through our committed partnership.
What are the learning benefits of the iPad?
With the iPad, focused learning can happen all the time, in all places, with the most current information. Students will have a wide variety of learning tools available for use at all times (e.g., note-taking ability, calendar and planner, word processor, presentation applications, videoconferencing, file storage/management, etc.). Students will also have access to instant feedback through both formative and summative assessments. The availability of this data will enable teachers to develop more focused, individualized, and collaborative learning experiences for students (e.g., using applications such as Pages, ePub, Notability, iBook, iMovie, Keynote, etc.). Furthermore, teachers will be able to upload documents and tasks to iBooks, and students will be able to download them onto their iPads to better manage all of their materials in one central location.
What kinds of activities are prohibited in the classroom?
The general rule is simple: the student should be using the iPad productively and for his/her learning. If an activity does not fall into this category as determined by the teacher, it is not to be done. As you might suspect, activities like playing games, using Facebook/social media, watching videos, or taking pictures outside of a teacher’s lesson plan would not be allowed.
Are there system safeguards and filters at the school to keep out inappropriate content?
Yes. We will continue to use the same safeguards and filters that we currently use to protect students from inappropriate content. Please note that this is why it’s important that you purchase an iPad with Wi-Fi connectivity. We strongly recommend you not buy a model that offers 3G or 4G connectivity. While the school has control over the Wi-Fi network and can, for the most part, safeguard against inappropriate web access, we cannot filter or control the 3G/4G access. NO filter, including ours at Concordia, is be 100% effective. We recommend that you occasionally review the content on your student’s iPad (such as Internet history and messaging) and other Internet devices.
Will students and parents be trained on how to use their iPad?
Concordia will offer advice at the back-to-school night. The sooner families purchase an iPad, the more time students will have to become familiar with the device before they begin the next school year. However, Apple offers gift card incentives from time to time as well as 12-month free financing on occasion. As long as you have an iPad by the middle of July, there will be no concern.
How are teachers supporting and preparing for the 1:1 iPad program?
Concordia Jr.-Sr. High teachers have been provided an iPad for their use and exploration. Additionally, several staff have significant experience in both the iPad implementation process and the effective use of digital technology in the classroom through direct training and teaching experience. The faculty has been in conversation about how and when to best implement a 1:1 initiative. The Concordia faculty is linked to several expert trainers in 1:1 initiatives. At least one trainer is an Apple certified trainer and will be working with the faculty throughout the spring and summer.
What if I find myself in an extremely difficult financial situation and can’t buy an iPad?