Implementation of iPads at Abingdon
creates engaging, relevant, and personalized learning experiences for
all students regardless of background, language, or disabilities. At
Abingdon, we will be deploying a personalized iPad to each student in
grades 2, 3, and 5 for instruction use. We have been using technology
to support student learning for many years, and many of our teachers
have already introduced or implemented new instructional strategies
using digital devices. Our 2nd and 5th grade teachers are veterans at
using the 1:1 devices in their classrooms and can’t wait to get started
with this new group of students. In preparation for our iPad
deployment, our 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade teachers have been trained and
will continue to receive professional development to help strengthen
their ability to use these personalized devices to support students and
enhance instruction in the classroom. Please visit the Digital Learning Website
for answers to frequently asked questions and ongoing project updates.
year, your child will be issued a school iPad and iPad case to support
and enhance their learning experience. iPads will be used throughout the
school day and your child will be expected to take it back and forth
between school and home each day. The iPads will be collected at the end
of the year.
Based on the iPad Initiative in Arlington County
over the last two years, we have discovered that that iPad provides new
and powerful learning opportunities for students. For instance, flipped
video lessons created by the teacher allows students to re-watch a
lesson and practice a strategy before coming to class. There are also a
multitude of new ways for students to respond to their reading, such as
digital community boards and blogs. Please look at the parent handbook
that has been sent home to learn more about what your child might do in
the classroom and how you can support your child’s use of the iPad at
like notebooks or textbooks, the iPad is an important learning tool.
Each child is expected to take great care of his or her assigned iPad.
We have gone over this with your child in class.
In addition, we
require student and parents to sign a more detailed contract that
highlights the specific iPad expectations we have at Abingdon. Here is a
copy of the student and parent "iPad Contract". Click here to see the Acceptable Use Policy
that is used by Arlington Public Schools. There will be consequences for misuse of the iPads.
Abingdon's "iPad Contract" for Students and Families
assigned device is part of the APS Personalized Learning Initiative and
is dedicated to student learning. Students and families should
understand the following expectations regarding the iPad 1:1 initiative.
ο I will take care of my iPad, keep it in its case, and carry it safely.
ο I will charge my iPad every night and bring it to school every morning.
ο I will let my teacher know when I do not have my iPad at school (ex: I left it at home, I lost it).
ο I will not change the settings on the iPad without permission from my teacher.
ο I will not install Apps to the iPad without permission from my teachers.
ο I will be safe when using this technology (ex: keep my information private, only communicate with people I know).
ο I will not search for images or websites that are inappropriate and will let teachers know if I see any.
ο I will not use Airdrop without permission from my teachers.
ο I will not login to an account using someone else’s information.
ο I will not bully through the iPad.
ο I will not use my iPad to contact or share information with other students past 8:00 pm.
ο I agree to random “iPad Checks” by my teachers.
ο I agree to follow the APS Network and Computer Acceptable Use Agreement
as presented to me in class by my teacher.
PARENT and FAMILY MEMBER Agreement:
ο I/we understand that the use of the device means that the student agrees to follow the APS Network and Computer Acceptable Use Agreement
(if you are not able to access the URL, but would like to read the complete terms, we will provide you with a copy).
I/we understand that the use of the iPad at home beyond assigned
schoolwork should follow my family’s appropriate rules on Internet and
digital resources access.
ο APS Internet filtering does not always work at home, therefore parental supervision is required.
If I/we use this device, I/we will follow the student expectations
listed above and they will not login to any accounts (ie. Facebook,
email, iCloud) as this is the student’s device, not mine/ours.
Homework / Wi-Fi
- Homework will most likely look different for your child this year.
the beginning of the year, the iPad homework might be to simply charge
your device at home and bring it back to school in the morning fully
charged. Please remember that the use of the iPad at home beyond
assigned schoolwork should follow your family’s rules on Internet and
digital resources access.
- As the year progresses, you may begin to see more digital homework that will require the use of the iPad.
- Students might watch video lessons, type on the iPad, or record math videos.
and weekly homework assignments will be send home with your child and
will indicate whether or not these are iPad activities. If you are not
sure, please e-mail the teacher.
- In some cases, homework may require internet (Wi-Fi) at home. However . . .
- If you do not have internet access at home:
It is important for your child to complete homework on time.All
students will be using Schoology this year to communicate with their
teachers and pass assignments back and forth. Schoology is an online
classroom. Once the classrooms are set up, we will send home a set of
directions for you to join the classrooms on your own devices (phone,
tablet, computer). This way, you can keep up-to-date with what your
student is doing in their digital environment.If you are concerned with the homework that you see your child working on, please alert the teacher or tech team.
- Refer to page 9 in this parent handbook for FREE internet access locations.
can download/upload their homework at the beginning and end of each
school day. The library will be available in the morning at 7:35, and
teachers will allow time at the end of the day.
- The county is
also piloting a program to get “HotSpots” to students that need Internet
access at home. Please sign the form that will be sent home soon if
you are interested in this option.
is working hard to keep our kids safe. The APS Wi-Fi system has a
filter built into it in order to block adult content, YouTube, and
social media from the internet browsers in APS schools and buildings.
same filter may or may not work on your child’s device when they are
not in an APS building. As your child connects to their local Wi-Fi,
their signal should be redirected to the APS filter, and then back to
their local Wi-Fi. This is great news! But be aware that this might
not always work. So as a parent, you will want to keep an eye on what
your child is doing with their device outside of school.
will not be allowed to download any apps, books, or music on their own.
All content will be sent to them through the Mobile Device Management
System (MDM) that we manage.
As a reminder, you do not have to
have Wi-Fi access at home in order for your child to be successful with
their digital learning. Teachers are allowing time in the afternoon for
students to download their homework onto their devices. They will also
be given time in the morning to upload any completed assignments. The
county is also piloting a program to get HotSpots to students who need
internet access at home. Please sign the form that will be sent home
soon if you are interested in this option.
iPad App Catalogue
apps on your child’s iPad have been carefully selected as appropriate
learning tools. The students will not be allowed to download any apps on
their own, and ALL apps will be downloaded through the county provided
App Catalog, not the App Store. We will teach your child about Apple
IDs, passwords, and how to use each app appropriately. Below are
descriptions of some of the main apps your child will be using. If you
are concerned with an app that you see your child working on, please
alert the teacher or tech team.
Common Abingdon Questions
What is the school doing to prepare my child for the iPad?
class at Abingdon Elementary is participating in age approbate digital
citizenship lessons from Common Sense Media. If you would like further
information to reinforce these lessons at home, please visit the Common Sense for Educators Website
Students are also participating in lessons and activities to introduce
them to the iPads and learn basic iPad functioning skills. Teachers are
providing students with direct instruction on how to use apps before
students are expected to do work on their own.
How can I be sure my child is safe while using the iPad?
apps are controlled using a management system monitored by the teacher
and/or ITC. Every app available on the student iPad is for an education
purpose. Students will learn about internet safety, cyber-bullying, and
messaging etiquette in class. It is our goal to educate students on how
to use the Internet and mobile devices in appropriate ways. The
Internet is strongly filtered at school and students have signed a
contract pledging not download apps from the Apps Store or to use the
iPad in inappropriate ways.
Can they download games?
games already downloaded on the iPad were carefully selected by the
school. They are downloaded by the ITC or teacher. These games teach
students problem solving skills and/or reinforce academic skills.
Students will not be allowed to download any apps or games on their own
from the App Store.
All Abingdon students
participate in a variety of activities throughout the day including
tableaus, art expressions, writing on paper, group activities, using
manipulatives, Readers Workshop with paper books, class discussions, and
technology rich lessons. Just as your teacher works to balance these
activities at school, please consider making a schedule for balanced
screen time at your home.
Can other people use the iPad?
iPad is specifically purchased and assigned to your child for the sole
purpose of supporting his or her education. It is highly recommended
that this iPad is only used by the student and is used only for academic
Are they allowed to email, text message and Facetime?
iMessage and Facetime are not available for the students. Our school
will be using a secure Learning Management System called Schoology to
manage classroom communication. Students can send completed work,
screenshots, and questions to the teacher through the Schoology message
feature.This will also allow teachers to provide support to each
student. Students can not private message other classmates in this
program. Rather, they will use a class newsfeed that is monitored by
the teacher to work with peers. This program is only used for
schoolwork. All other communication is not allowed and will be
What happens if my child loses the iPad?
the iPad is missing, we will be able to use our management system to
locate the iPad in the school and outside of school. Please let us know
as soon as possible if the iPad cannot be found. Here is the APS policy on Missing, Lost or Stolen iPads
Will they need the iPad for homework?
will frequently be completed on the iPads depending on your child’s
teacher and grade level. Your child might be asked to do things such as
watch a video lesson, record a video, complete an assignment on the
iPad, or even jot on the iPad while reading an assigned text. Please
take a moment each day to look over your child’s shoulders to see how
they are using the iPad at home to help them learn.