mobile devices

These 8 schools have A+ mobile device programs—here’s why

Apple devices, like the iPad, paired with management (MDM) solutions, can unlock what's possible in the classroom.

5. Farmington Area Public Schools: Teaching Students Digital Citizenship

The district has implemented a customized learning initiative, giving every K-12 student and staff an iPad to support learning anytime, anywhere. By using the iPad, students can take charge of their own learning by having access to different materials including videos and interactive multimedia sites.

Part of Farmington’s goal is to also teach students good digital citizenship. Using Self Service features from a robust mobile device management solution, along with individual Apple IDs, students can self-manage their iPads, while parents and staff can monitor and manage use restrictions and maintain privileges. Students, in turn, learn how to responsibly and safely use IT, and gain hands-on technical literacy.

6. Crane School District: How a ConnectED School Succeeds with Technology

Crane is among the poorest districts in the country, with 100 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced lunch. Leaders were committed to locating additional funds to help support their dream of providing essential technological learning resources for their students. Thanks to the ConnectED program, their dream became a reality as it enabled the district to bring iPads to the classroom.

Students love their iPads and are using the technology to learn in new, interactive ways. At any given hour, for example, third graders participate in a wide range of activities on their devices–from coding, to using a magnifying glass add-on to identify seeds.

The iPads are also creating equally engaging experiences outside the classroom. Students at one elementary school are using the iPad to help manage a garden on the school grounds, where they are responsible for the full lifecycle of about 20 varieties of crops each year.

7. School District of Waukesha: Customized Learning in Special Ed

The district leverages a 1:1 iPad program, which is helping to change the lives of special education students. The iPad’s accessibility features and range of apps, enables students with limited vision, mobility and attention to become more successful in the classroom.

Additionally, the district is able to offer iPads with Spanish configurations to English as a second language (ESL) students–a functionality that allows them to more easily adjust to iPad learning. The result is customized learning and being able to meet students where they’re at.

8. Alliance College-Ready Public Schools: Using the iPad for Formative Assessment and High-Stakes Exams

LA Alliance recognizes the importance of focusing on student learning as well as supporting online assessments. For many students today, learning and taking exams with pencil and paper can often feel like a foreign experience. LA Alliance leverages the iPad as a learning tool and to conduct routine formative assessments to help teachers tailor lessons as needed. iPads are also used to take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exam in a secure environment. Because students already use an iPad for everyday testing, CAASPP exam day feels just like any other day.

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