Re: iPads vs District

    Right now, we only have an ipad cart that is shared
    throughout the building. Since it is shared, the librarian
    is in charge of the apps. Each teacher also has a district
    provided ipad. My kids use mine and like you, I have chose
    what to put on the ipad. Over the next 2 years the goal is
    to have tablets in the hands of every child in my district
    and I wouldn't be surprised if my school does something
    similar to what you will be doing.

    As much as we don't like it, the ipads are district property
    and they have a right to know what is on them. Of course
    this policy should have been in place from the very start,
    before you and your parents spent money. I know when we first
    got the internet in my school back in the 90's we had no
    rules or filters and that changed pretty quickly once
    problems occurred. Now that ipads have been around for a few
    years I am sure the districts are running into unforeseen
    problems they didn't think about a few years ago and now feel
    the need to backtrack and regain control. If your apps are
    educationally sound, which I am sure they are, hopefully they
    will all be approved. It maybe a pain to reload all of
    them, but in the long run it will be a safety net for you and
    the other teachers in your building. No one can accuse you
    or any other teacher in your building of exposing a child to
    something unsafe.

    On 2/18/15, DonnaR/CA wrote:
    > I am wondering how many of you work for districts that
    > insist on breathing down your neck about the apps you put on
    > your student iPads/tablets.
    > Our district has been, up to now, pretty easy. Get parents
    > to donate iTunes gift cards, load up to 5 iPads with a given
    > app, use accordingly.
    > All of a sudden, they're telling us that the iPads will be
    > wiped clean in June and we must apply for approval to reload
    > each app (different form for each app). If we spent our own
    > money to buy the app or used a parent-donated gift card to
    > buy/upgrade the app, too-bad-so-sad.
    > Needless to say, I'm upset. I've spent almost $100 in parent
    > gift cards on apps (all of them educationally sound), not to
    > mention hours-upon-hours to do the research to find the
    > apps, download them, and try them to ensure they're good
    > So I'm doing my research, to see what other districts do.
    > These are school-owned iPads.
    > Donna