There are many updates to the iPads this year. Click on the question above to read more
There is a new enrollment process called the Device Enrollment Program (DEP). The DEP will require each student to have an individual Apple ID, and enroll the iPad into the program. There is a new whitelist of apps. This list is the approved list of teacher requested and approved apps for student use. The "JCS App Store" is where ALL approved apps will be located for students to install. The Apple App Store will be availabe on the iPad for a short time. All iPads purchased by Jacksonville City Schools will be managed through the new DEP process. There will also be better remote administration of the student iPads.
Yes. You can use a current Apple ID that a student or a parent/guardian already has set up. However, we recommend creating a new Apple ID that is not linked to a credit card, gift card, etc., and one that has not been used to install any personal apps.
Parents should create a FREE Apple ID for their students to use. Please click the document link below or type in the website below for instructions on how to create an Apple ID which will not require a credit card for account creation.
List of apps that are approved for use on the student iPad
A whitelist is a list of educational apps setup in the Airwatch management system that are approved for download and installation onto the student iPads. These apps were requested and recommended by our teachers.
The JCS App Store includes educational apps requested and approved by Jacksonville City School teachers. The apps include apps requested by Pre-K through 12th grade teachers. Students may install ANY app that is in the JCS App Store onto their student iPad. Some of the apps include Pages, Keynote, iMovie, iXL, ACT Prep, Accelerated Reader, and many more.
Currently, there are over 145 apps in the JCS App Store. Please click here to see a full list of all the JCS App Store apps.
With the new DEP process, the Apple App Store must be available to install any app including those apps that are in the JCS App Store. However, after students have had time to install the necessary JCS App Store apps and teacher requested apps, the Apple App Store will be removed for certain students and grade levels.
Having a whitelist WILL NOT prevent a student from downloading and using a personal or non-whitelisted/non-approved app. If an app is installed that is not on the whitelist, the following circumstances will occur.
1. The student will be alerted that he/she installed an app that is not on the whitelist.
2. School administration and the technology department will be alerted that a student has installed an app that is not on the whitelist.
If an app is installed that is not on the whitelist, a student will be alerted about the installation of a non-whitelisted app. The student can remove/delete the app. However, if the app is not deleted, compliance policies will go into affect.
Note: School administration and the technology department will still be alerted that the student installed a non-whitelisted app.
Make learning more personalized and engaging for students
The Jacksonville City Schools Digital Conversion is designed to expand innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students. It will explore and implement digital learning to provide all students with the opportunities they deserve in order to build the skills needed to succeed in college, a career, and life.
This 1:1 Initiative will affect all students in our school system. Students in grades 4 through 12 will have the opportunity to be issued an individual iPad. Students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd will have access to a classroom set of iPad minis to use in their teachers’ classroom.
The cost of the devices is approximately $ 900,000. We are leasing these devices for 3 years. The Digital Conversion and 1:1 Initiative will be funded by our local budget. The City Council of Jacksonville has provided $ 228,000 to the school system to upgrade both schools’ network infrastructure and wireless network.
A maximum amount of $ 100 per family per school year
If a parent has more than one child, the maximum cost is limited to a nonrefundable $ 100 per family per school year. Each individual child in grades 4 through 12 will be issued a device after fees have been paid.
At a scheduled date and time before the school year begins
Before school begins in August 2013, students will be issued the device. Parents and students MUST attend a mandatory orientation session on the use and care of the device. BOTH the student and his/her parent or guardian must attend one of the scheduled sessions together before the student will receive his/her device.
Parents should make every effort to attend the training session with your student
Training sessions will be scheduled by grade level. Parents and students should attend at their scheduled times. Each school will also have a makeup session. Parents and students must attend an orientation session together before a device can be issued to the student.
The iPad model has faster processor and more screen size
After piloting both devices in several classrooms and touring and speaking with other school systems, we decided that the iPad is the best educational tool for our 1:1 Initiative. The iPad has a faster processor, more screen size, and a better display resolution.
The iPad allowed us to provide more students the chance for individualized and personal learning
Our Digital Conversion Initiative is designed to expand innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students. We evaluated several different educational tools. We decided that the iPad allowed us the opportunity to provide more students the chance for individualized and personal learning. The cost to purchase a MacBook for every student is more than purchasing an iPad. However, we realize the benefit of the MacBook because of its familiar feel and uses i.e. project creation, research, and typing. Thus, we purchased four (4) 30 unit MacBook carts to be used by students in their classes. There will be two units at Kitty Stone Elementary School and two units at Jacksonville High School.
Students must explain what happend to the iPad and students are responsible
If the iPad is damaged or abused by the student or someone else, the student must take the device to the Help Desk, and explain what happened to the device. Students will be responsible for repair costs. The student may also be subject to penalties in regard to our Student Code of Conduct.
The student and parent must file a police report and inform the school
The iPad is the property of Jacksonville City Schools and is issued to the student for the school year. Students are ultimately responsible for the care and well being of the device. If the iPad is lost or stolen, the student must immediately report the missing iPad to parents, teachers, and the Help Desk. If the device is determined to be stolen, the student and parent must file a police report and pay the replacement cost.
No. Jacksonville City Schools is providing students in grades 4 through 12 with an educational tool. Each device will be similar in design and model. This will provide for better management and updates of each device.
No. The school system will provide a case that must be used for all devices. The school provided case MUST NOT be removed. If an iPad is out of the case, students may face disciplinary actions according to the Student Code of Conduct.
Students may be allowed to install apps, music, etc. to their assigned iPad
Students may be allowed to install apps (music, games, etc.) to their assigned iPad. Jacksonville City Schools apps and materials installed on the iPads are priority. If storage space becomes an issue, Jacksonville City Schools reserves the right to remove data and/or wipe the device. All downloads should be school appropriate. Please see 6.3 in the iPad Handbook and Use Agreement for additional information.
Twitter and collaboration apps can be used in an educational manner and may be allowed
Twitter and collaboration apps can be used in an educational manner and may be allowed. Social networking, photo and video apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, etc. should not be installed on these devices at this time.
Yes.There will be a list of apps (i.e. blacklisted apps) that should not be installed on the device. Students and parents will be provided this list. The list of blacklisted apps will be updated and changed as new apps are created.
The iPads will be filtered by the same measures and guidelines as our current student computers
The student devices will be filtered by the same measures and guidelines as our current student computers within the system and in compliance with our student Acceptable Use Policy for technology resources. These measures and guidelines are the same for all students.
Yes. Since the iPad is the property of Jacksonville City Schools, all data on the device is subject to the review and control of the school system. Jacksonville City Schools reserves the right to inspect, manage, and delete any and all data on any system-owned device for the purpose of storage management, Acceptable Use Policy enforcement, discipline compliance, or any other reason Jacksonville City Schools deems necessary to carry out its mission of educating and protecting students.
There are a number of places throughout Jacksonville that provide Internet access
There are a number of places throughout Jacksonville that provide Internet access. Here is a short list of some Jacksonville wireless hotspots: McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Java Jolt, Huddle House, and the Jacksonville Public Library. The opening and closing times for each business will vary. We are working to provide a more comprehensive list of our city’s hotspots to students and parents.
At school, the student should follow these steps. First, ask your classmates for assistance. Second, ask your teacher. Third, fill out an online help request. Fourth, take the device to the school Help Desk. The Help Desk may be able to fix the issue quickly. If not, the student may be provided a loaner device.
Students must return the device and its accessories to the Help Desk.
Along with the normal withdrawal procedures, students must return their device to the Help Desk. The Help Desk will check the device for any damages and excessive wear. Note: if damages are found, the student and his/her parents will be responsible for paying for any damages. The withdrawal records will not be released until the iPad is returned and any fees are paid. All information will be erased from the device.
As soon as possible after payment, completing all paperwork, and watching the iPad Orientation video
During enrollment into our school system, a new student in grades 4 through 12 and his/her parent must review the 1:1 Initiative orientation video. After reviewing the video and signing the Acceptable Use Policy for technology resources and the iPad use agreement, the student and parent will go to the Help Desk to pay for and receive the device. There is a nonrefundable fee $ 50 per student per school year.
Apps such as Pages, KeyNote, iMovie, Google Drive, Edmodo, etc.
The Jacksonville City Schools will preload some apps on all of the devices. These apps must not be removed! Some of the apps include Pages, Numbers, KeyNote, iMovie, Google Drive, Find My iPad, Edmodo, etc. This list will change. There will be several teacher, class, and course specific apps that you must download and install. More information will be provided about these apps.
Students will be allowed to update certain software on the iPad
Students will be allowed to update certain software on the iPad. However, we recommend that the student update their iPad at home. If a student cannot update from home, then he/she can update at school AFTER school is out for the day. We recommend that students DO NOT try to update their device during the regular school day. This WILL slow down access for all devices and users.
Students must use school library computers to print
It is recommended that students use Google Apps and Google Drive to email or share their work with their teachers as much as possible. Also, students may be allowed to upload their work into Edmodo, our social learning platform. This will reduce the need to print and save paper. However, we know that at times work must be printed. To print students must save their work into their Google Drive or Google Apps email and then use a school computer lab or library computer to print their work to the printer located in the computer lab or library.
The student is responsible for getting his work and assignments completed
The student is responsible for getting his/her work and assignments completed. If the student’s device does not work, the student must inform the teacher of the situation. As with any assignment, the teacher will make the decision of how he/she will handle missing assignments.
No. However, Jacksonville City Schools is working with a third party company to offer parents the opportunity to purchase insurance for the device. More information will be provided during iPad orientation.
Parents should contact their current insurance company
Parents should contact their current insurance company about insuring the school device. If a parent purchases additional insurance through their personal insurance company or through another company, parents must provide documentation of the insurance to the school.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Jacksonville City Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and Title IX: Dr. Mark Petersen, Superintendent, 123 College St., SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 782-5682.