The iPads are owned by the school. The student will have exclusive use of it during the school year as long as they follow the guidelines outlined in the User Agreement.
The school is managing the costs for this through the technology fee. The first break is covered in full. The second break and any subsequent breaks are the responsibility of the student and their parents.
This fee is to cover any issues or damage to the iPad as outlined in the User Agreement as well as management, filtering, and apps. It is an annual fee in addition to the Materials fee (It is actually part of the total amount listed for the middle school materials fee.). Our materials fee is very comparable to other schools and yet includes the tech fee. We understand that it is challenging to raise children in today’s economy but we also know that this is a very good “deal” in light of what they are receiving for it.
We researched financial investment, longevity of devices, and the availability and cost of educational tools for various platforms and determined the iPad to be best suited for our Middle School environment. For the Middle School level, we have found a single platform to be more manageable for teachers and students. The support and professional development provided by Apple Education are far superior to other products. We believe this to be the best educational decision for our staff and students.
Our objectives are to provide an effective and efficient learning tool for our students. We are constantly trying to find innovative ways to engage students in their learning. The goal of technology integration is to engage students in the learning process, offering appropriate evaluation and communication tools. In a world full of technology, our classrooms must use it to leverage educational resources for the benefit of our students.
Teachers can avoid making homework internet dependent. The books and apps will be accessible without Wi-Fi. Before students leave school for the day the teachers can ensure that students have the opportunity to download any important documents. The school library is available during all advisory periods for students requiring internet access for their home-work. If more time is needed, arrangements can be made.
As with any school supply or needed tool, they will be at a disadvantage. Under our service agreement, we will have a quick turnaround period for repairs but replacement issues may take longer.
Opting out is not possible as this is a tool required for your child’s learning at our school. This will become a replacement for most of their textbooks and many other items currently in their backpack. It would put them at a serious disadvantage and jeopardize their ability to function properly in the classroom.
If finances are a concern, Monument Academy is committed to working with every family to make every opportunity possible for your child to have an iPad.
Yes, the iPads are filtered at home and at school using Securly, a cloud-based content filter solution that students must log into using their school Google account. https://www.securly.com/
Yes, the YouTube website is blocked for students and the YouTube app is inaccessible to students. Teachers are able to embed videos into Canvas for students to view as part of the learning process. There are no ads associated with these embedded videos. Videos are viewed within Canvas and do not link to other videos on either the YouTube website or app.
If you have any further questions or feel something should be added to this FAQ, please contact Traci Trimbach.