At the moment, it’s the most versatile and stable device for management of students’ academic lives and helps them become more efficient learners.
How do students maintain them?
Make sure they are charged each night and ready for the school day each morning. Clean them with a microfibre cloth. Additional tips can be found on Apple’s website.
When do students receive them?
Juniors will receive them in January of 2013. All students will have access to them in the Fall.
Will students get to take them home on the weekends and during breaks?
What will be installed on them?
There will be a suite of applications that the school has purchased to meet the basic needs of students. Currently these are Pages, Numbers, and Keynote as well as Google Drive and Dropbox. Faculty and students will find, test and utilize additional apps that they find appropriate to their coursework.
What do students use for an Apple ID? What if they already have one?
Students will create a new Apple ID that uses and is linked to their ‘Iolani e-mail addresses. Just like students have personal and school e-mail addresses, they will have a school Apple ID and the apps associated with that ID.
Will students be using digital textbooks now?
‘Iolani is researching the availability of high quality electronic books in different formats and wants to move to integrate them into curriculum as soon as possible. Additional benefits of using digital textbooks include that they are less expensive than paper-based versions and reduce the weight of a student’s backpack.
Does a student need wireless Internet at home?
The school requests that apps and updates be installed at home to reduce the burden on the school infrastructure and Internet connection, as well as to ensure faster installation on the devices. If needed, free wireless is available at a number of locations on Island.
Can a student get a different cover for it?
Students can personalize their school-issued covers in ways that are appropriate and in keeping with the way a book cover might be personalized. If they want a different cover and have a compelling reason, they may make a request to the Information Technology Services Department to change it if the new one meets the school’s requirements.
What if a student already has an iPad?
All students will be given a school-issued device that is configured to meet school needs and standards, so the good news is, now they will have another.
What happens if it breaks?
The school has purchased insurance to cover non-warranty issues. Students will work with their teachers to confirm usability of the device for class and teachers initial a support call to Information Technology Services if necessary.
What happens if it is lost or stolen?
First, try finding it using a computer and the Find my iPhone option on iCloud.com using the student's school Apple ID. The school has purchased insurance for the devices, but students are responsible for replacement and deductibles as outlined on the “Rules for the Use of Electronic Devices” policy.
How can parents control iPad content, including apps?
The best way is to schedule regular times to review what is on the student devices; ‘Iolani encourages parents to schedule time with their child to sit and review what is being done on the device. The school also recommends associating gift cards with the student Apple ID account for purchases and not a credit card.
Who owns and manages them?
The iPads are school-owned devices and the school’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) software will be installed on them. The MDM is required to install software, maintain updates to the devices, and perform audits to ensure the iPads are operational for school needs. The MDM software will occasionally prompt users to install updates which should be downloaded while off campus. The MDM should not be removed from the iPad for any reason.
What if the MDM Server prompts to install an app and it can’t be done at that moment or it doesn’t finish?
The MDM server will prompt again the next day so it can be done at that time. Also, the Self Service app on the iPad can be used. To do this, when connected to the Internet, login to the Self Service app, choose the app from the list, click on Install, and once the Apple ID password is entered the app will download.
How do you “reboot” an iPad?
First, close all the apps that are running by double-tapping the home button to bring up the list of running apps. Press and hold one of the apps along the bottom until they all wiggle and have a minus sign on the top left corner, then tap the minus sign on each of them to close them all. Next, shut down the iPad by pressing and holding the power (aka sleep/wake) button until the red slider appears at the top that says “slide to power off” and slide it. Once it has powered off, press the power button for a few seconds to power it on again.
The videos above were created by Charlene (Shovic) Gardner '03.
She studied digital storytelling at American University for her Masters in Public Anthropology. Charlene and her husband run Manoa Productions (www.manoaproductions.com), a video production company on O'ahu specializing in documentary storytelling of all kinds.