Dear District 103 Families -
Now that Winter Break is here, it is an exciting time for kids. Cold weather, snowmen, rest, and relaxation, are just a few things our D103 students have in store for them over these two weeks. It is also the time of year when kids receive gifts to celebrate a year’s worth of good behavior. If your child might be receiving a technology themed gift, i.e., iPad, I wanted to offer some suggestions that will ensure their new tech is welcomed into school.
1. DO NOT BUY - Currently (as of 12/2016), ALL iPad minis and anything older than an iPad with Retina Display (a.k.a., iPad 4 or iPad 4th Generation) are not supported by the latest iOS (10.2). Due to the incompatibility of these devices with the current apps being used in our D103 classrooms, all iPad minis, iPad 3, iPad 2 or iPad (original) are NOT approved devices for our BYO iPad families.
2. OK TO BUY - Apple’s flagship iPad models are currently the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro (9.7” & 12.9”). Although these model are the most costly, purchasing one of these models should ensure they will be supported by Apple for years to come. If you are considering the purchase of an iPad from a third party, please only consider purchasing an iPad Air, iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro with at least 32GB of space.
3. CONSIDERATIONS - Although the latest iOS is 10.2, the update to iOS 11 is coming sometime around September 2017. The update to iOS 11 is rumored to only be compatible with the iPad Air or newer models. If the rumors are correct, for the 2017-2018 school year, the only compatible iPad models for BYO iPad families will be the iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and/or iPad Pro (9.7” & 12.9”).
We hope to formalize our BYO iPad parameters by this February 2017, for the new school year. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the contacts listed below.
I hope the holiday season brings good health and happiness to you all.
Director of Technology & Assessment
To provide innovative learning experiences which empower each student to excel and make a difference in a diverse and interconnected world.