By October 2018, all secondary students at Elkhart Community Schools will have an iPad for educational use. If your child is a secondary student, please see the following important information.
- 1:1 Parent Take-Home Letter/Acknowledgement
- Please note the enrollment deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is September 24, 2018.
- As is the case with any material (e.g. books, etc.) provided to a student during the school year, the student and the student’s family are responsible for damage to the iPad not covered by Apple Care+ and would be expected to reimburse the district should the iPad be irreparable or lost. The district is offering insurance for stolen iPads through a third party, Worth Insurance. Insurance with Worth Ave Group is recommended to protect student iPads against theft. The insurance policies provide replacement cost coverage and protects the device both on and off school grounds. Insurance is not mandatory, but those who opt out take 100% responsibility for all replacement costs. The insurance for theft through Worth Ave Group is $14 for the year. The cost for for a lost or stolen iPad without insurance will be $325. The link to purchase iPad insurance for the 2018-2019 school year is: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/elkhartcs/.
- The district carries Apple Care+ coverage on student iPads. This coverage includes up to two accidental damage incidents at no cost. Any damages beyond this become the financial responsibility of the parent. Apple Care+ coverage includes:
- Mechanical failures
- Accidental damage incidents are covered up to two per student
- Accidental damage from handling includes dents, cracked screens, spills, and liquid submersion affecting the functionality of iPad
- AppleCare+ does not cover cosmetic damage or damage that does not affect the functionality of iPad
- AppleCare+ does not cover theft or loss
The 1:1 Technology Program
Learning in a 1:1 environment with iPads creates opportunities that would not be possible without technology. In order for students to have productive and enjoyable lives, they must develop up-to-date knowledge and skills required by employers in the 21st century. Students must increasingly collaborate with others, communicate effectively, think critically, and be creative in solving problems or completing tasks.
Students can use the iPads to discover so much about the world through investigations because of the access to sources reaching far outside the walls of Elkhart Community Schools. Putting these devices into the hands of students allows them to access a world filled with information and opinions far different from those directly surrounding them.
Teaching and Learning Goals
Maximize student collaboration and cooperative learning
Increase engaging, rigorous student-centered learning experiences
Teach students 21st century literacy skills
Provide equitable, anytime access
Develop competent and responsible future-ready citizens
Prepare for success in future college, career, and life pursuits
Timeline of Full Implementation
- Pierre Moran 1:1 – August 2017
- Mary Beck 1:1 – August 2017
- High School 1:1 – August 2018
- Middle School 1:1 – October 2018
- Elementary 1:1 – December 2018 through March 2020
- Progress of 1:1 Program
Learn more about the program – This video was created from the content shared at the parent informational meetings held at both high schools on May 3 and May 9 2018.
1:1 Parent Information Handout
1:1 Parent Frequently Asked Questions – have a question about the iPads and classroom technology? Start here!
Acceptable Use Policy: – Know the rules and responsibilities for using technology in the district
- Meet the iPad: Apple / iPads in Education
- Wifi options for home: https://www.internetessentials.com/