Using an iPad at New Trier
How do I best care for the iPad?
Whether your family purchases an iPad from the District, is approved for an iPad loan, or brings their own device, the student should care for the iPad as follows:
- Only use a clean, soft cloth to clean the device’s screen; don’t use cleansers of any type. Microfiber cloth is best.
- Insert and remove charging cables carefully to prevent damage to connectors.
- Handle the device carefully. Screens can crack when dropped, twisted or subjected to pressure from stepping or leaning on them. Do not stack other objects (books, binders, etc.) on top of the iPad. Be careful with carrying iPads in backpacks. The weight of other objects in a backpack is often enough to crack an iPad screen or warp the frame. AppleCare+ does not cover warped frames .
- Do not leave the iPad in places of extreme temperature, humidity, or limited ventilation (e.g., in a car) for an extended period of time.
- Students are expected to keep food and beverages away from the device.
- Make sure the iPad and accessories are secure when they are in or out of sight. iPads should not be left in an unlocked locker, a desk, a backpack, or other location where someone might take it. Do not leave iPads unsecured while charging in public places.
- Students should secure their iPads with a Passcode. This protects their data from theft and loss.
- Do not remove or damage the iPad’s asset tag.
- Always keep your iPad in a case.
My student is using their iPad at all hours of the night, is there a way to automatically lock their out of non-academic apps or shut off the iPad?
While New Trier requires students to have iPads at school, there is no directive about using iPads at home. Parents may do anything they deem fit to manage their student’s use of the iPad while outside the district that does not interfere with New Trier’s management of the iPad. Apple does not provide parental controls that will automatically or remotely control the iPad; however, there are options of managing an iPad under restrictions or family sharing. For more information on teenagers’ use of the iPad, click here.
My student spends most of their time gaming or watching movies on their iPad, can I restrict how they use their iPads at home?
While New Trier requires students to have iPads at school, there is no directive about using iPads at home. Parents may do anything they deem fit to manage their student’s use of the iPad while outside the district that does not interfere with New Trier’s management of the iPad. Apple does provide some restrictions for parents; however, many of these restrictions are designed for younger children and may interfere with a student’s ability to use the iPad at school.
Does New Trier filter the internet at school or at home?
In accordance with the law, New Trier provides web filtration on all devices that connect to our network. We are unable to restrict devices connected to cell coverage, although school regulations state that students must access the internet through New Trier while on the campus. Once students are at home, iPads connect to the internet through home Wi-Fi on your personal network. For more information on how to restrict access at home, please contact your Wi-Fi provider.
How to I purchase eBooks?
eBooks are purchased through the New Trier bookstore (Follett) at the same time as traditional textbook purchases. Please do not unseal eBook access codes until instructed to do so by a teacher as they are non-refundable once opened.
What eBook does my student need?
View the list here.
The code given to my student for his/her eBook does not work. What should I do?
Please have your student return to the New Trier bookstore with their original code and here they will be provided with a replacement code.
Why are eBooks used instead of textbooks?
EBooks provide many benefits. They are lighter-weight, provide multimedia interactivity, offer note-taking tools, sharing notes, search features, and more. Teachers adhere to a thoughtful textbook/eBook evaluation process to ensure that the content and the format are ideal for enhancing the learning experience. Additionally, eBooks can translate into significant cost savings for families. For more information about eBooks at New Trier, click HERE.
How long has New Trier been 1:1 (one to one) with mobile learning devices?
New Trier’s Mobile Learning Program began as a small pilot in 2010-2011. Since then, the program has expanded to the entire school community. The first year of 1:1 with ipads was the 2014-2015 school year. Please go to “About the Mobile Learning Program” web page for more detailed information.
Why is every student required to have an iPad? Can’t students learn just as well without technology?
While technology is used in different way and to different degrees in each classroom, we have guaranteed teachers that, at a minimum, students will have an iPad to support curricular learning goals. This allows teachers to plan for lessons in the same way that requiring all students to have a pen and paper would. iPads allow students access to our learning management system, the internet, classroom resources, and multimedia apps in every classroom. This levels the playing field for all students and allows our teachers to provide the best learning experience for students.
Why were iPads chosen as the 1:1 device? Are these reasons still valid? Are other devices being considered for the future of the MLP?
Each year, the technology department works with staff and students to evaluate the Mobile Learning Program in order to assure that the best resources are chosen to achieve learning goals. See the 2015-2016 MLP Board Report here or watch the Report presented to the Board here. We take into account how teachers are asking their students to use the device as well as how the device can help support learning in the classroom. We then determine how device management will affect how useful the tool will be in the classroom. Finally, we take into account the cost to purchase or lease devices for students in order to make the program as affordable as possible. While we feel iPads are the best option for the present, other devices have been considered including Macbook Pros, Surface Pros, Chromebooks, and iPad Pros. Any new device would be thoroughly vetted, and changes would have to go through a committee that included parent/guardian input.
Why does my iPad have an asset tag?
Since everyone at New Trier has an iPad, it is very difficult to distinguish between devices. The asset tag allows us to quickly identify the device and provide services to students, including finding lost iPads.
My student went to school without a fully charged iPad, is there a place they can charge it during the day?
No, New Trier does not currently have charging stations. Both campuses, however, do have public locations for students to plug in their own chargers should they need it. If students are having trouble maintaining their battery levels, they may purchase a portable charger or should look into battery saving techniques such as limiting the non-educational use of the iPad during the school day or turning off bluetooth.
How are iPads used in classrooms at New Trier?
iPads are used in various ways at New Trier. For examples, follow this link.