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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 ones.

So I'm doing my research, to see what other districts do. These are school-owned iPads.

Donna
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  • DonnaR/CA > are outstanding! Maybe I'll change my tune at the end of> the year when they want to wipe the iPads (3)clean. I> guess I'll just wait and see. For now, I'm loving the use> of them! I am told that our District will wipe al...See More
    Mar 14, 2015 report post
  • K. Fair On 2/25/15, kinderesl wrote: > We have two district apple accounts that can be used to load > apps. One is for free apps only. I can load anything > (educational of course!) that is free. All paid apps MUST be > purchased through the d...See More
    Mar 11, 2015 report post
  • kinderesl We have two district apple accounts that can be used to load apps. One is for free apps only. I can load anything (educational of course!) that is free. All paid apps MUST be purchased through the district account with prior approval.
    Feb 25, 2015 report post
  • SuperTeacher I would be very frustrated by this too! I would think the district would at least give you the courtesy of talking to you about which apps you need/want before deleting them. I do realize that they are the district's property, but good admi...See More
    Feb 20, 2015 report post
  • DonnaR/CA For the record, these 5 iPads in each classroom are rotated among my 26 students. They are never in any child's "possession", only used by them for a 15-20 minute period during either Language groups or Math groups. I just have very l...See More
    Feb 19, 2015 report post
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