Creighton High School iPad Info
for 2013-2014 School Year
The Creighton Community Public School’s iPad Learning Initiative is in motion and being implemented for the 2013-2014 school year for grades 9-12. Teachers have received training during the current school year on how to make use of this exciting new technology in the classroom. Teacher training will be ongoing throughout the next school year and accomplished in various ways. We work with the ESU #1 professional development team, in-service trainings, online resources, and we do a great deal of staff collaboration. We have asked that teachers explore ways to use the iPad through professional development, experimenting with different modes of teaching in the classroom with the new technology, and then share their results with their colleagues. We believe students and teachers will become very efficient in the use of the technology in a very short time and we will reach our objectives associated with this initiative.
In following our desire to be a leader in quality education, Creighton Community Schools has maintained its commitment to being a progressive school district by launching the 1-to-1 iPad program. As a major component of 21st Century Learning, this new technology encourages our students to develop broader competencies related to critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.
Our objectives for this initiative include providing access to technology for our students twenty-four hours a day to help prepare them for their college and career choices. This will greatly benefit the development of our students by teaching them to use technology to plan, organize, create/innovate, collaborate, research, learn online ethics and responsibility, and increase personal productivity. This program will also increase student engagement in the classroom.
Students are growing up in a digital world and are interested and engaged in technology and what it has to offer. We want to be able to meet them in their world by bringing it into the classroom to enhance their learning environment. Each day new technology is coming out to help teachers accomplish this through interactive textbooks and content specific applications, otherwise known as “apps.”
We understand that the implementation will take time for our students, teachers, and parents to become more fluent in using the iPad technology. Once we get used to using new technology, we can accomplish our goals and put our students on the leading edge and ahead of their peers in readiness for both college and their career choices.
You will find important information on the back of this letter that include dates for the parent information meetings at which we will cover the specific details related to the use of school iPads. Parent and student attendance will be mandatory at these sessions this summer in order for an iPad to be issued to the student. We are excited about the endless possibilities before us and look forward to continuing to provide the best education in Northeast Nebraska!
Brent Harrill, Principal
Creighton Community Schools
Creighton Community Schools
9-12 iPad Program Information
- 11th and 12th grade parent meeting and iPad checkout night is Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 6:00pm. Student and parent attendance is required. If you are not able to attend on your assigned date please contact Mr. Harrill to make other arraingements.
- 9th and 10th grade parent meeting and iPad checkout night is Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 6:00pm. Student and parent attendance is required.
- All apps and interactive text books that are needed for school purposes will be provided by the school district. Pages, Keynote, and iMovie will also come standard on all devices.
- Each student will be provided their own school email account.
- All students will be provided with a district issued protective cover. This is the only cover that is to be used on the iPad.
- The iPad is issued to the student for use during the school day. Once the student has paid the $35 insurance fee they will be permitted to take the device home. The $35 insurance fee will cover the entire school year and provides coverage for damage to the device.
- If a student chooses to purchase their own keyboard for the iPad it must be stored separate from the iPad as it will not fit in the school provided protective case.
- All iPads will be managed devices. This allows the school to monitor them for appropriate use. Access to the internet and apps can be terminated at any time due to inappropriate use.
- The school issued iPad will be the only device allowed to be carried/used during the school day. Personal iPads, smart phones and personal computers are only permitted with approval by school administration.
- Cell phones are allowed to be used by students for emergency purposes only as long as they are put away in a locker or pocket. Parents will be able to e-mail their child on the student’s own school issued e-mail account or by contacting the office. Phone calls and text messages may be returned by students during their lunch period, but access to the internet through smart phones is strictly prohibited.