Changes to 1:1 Teaching & Learning Options for Incoming 4th-8th Graders
The 2015-2016 school year has just come to a close, and we are already preparing our technology program for the 2016-2017 school year. The new school year will also bring some exciting (and needed) changes to our current 1:1 Teaching and Learning program. We received a lot of feedback from our families, teachers and students, and have modified the 1:1 program to best suit the needs of our learning community. Please see the list below for some highlights of the changes, and access the full list by CLICKING HERE.
Grades 4-8 (Half Day and Daniel Wright) - District 103 will still offer three different 1:1 Teaching and Learning Participation Options. Although these options will look different, families can still choose between the Rent, Rent-to-Own (RTO) / Lease and Bring Your Own iPad (BYO iPad). Related fees and 1:1 participation information will be addressed during the online student registration process.
Rent - The cost of the the Rent option will remain at $150, and devices will still be allowed to go home with students. All app purchases, installation and tech support will still be handled by the District. There will still be up to a $50 charge for a first occurrence of damage to the device, and families will still be responsible for 100% of the cost of repair or replacement after that.
Students will no longer have the option to install personal apps. The District will install web filtering software on all Rent devices, which is designed to help filter web content when devices leave campus. Families will be notified during the summer months of when students can come pick up their devices.
Rent-to-Own (RtO) / Lease - RtO devices will still be allowed to go home with students. All app purchases, installation and tech support will still be handled by the District. There will still be up to a $50 charge for a first occurrence of damage to the device, and families will still be responsible for 100% of the cost of repair or replacement after that.
The total cost of ownership for the RtO option will decrease for families that start the 3-year lease cycle for the 2016-2017 school year. Families that already began the RtO option during the 2015-2016 school year have a total cost of ownership of $600. Families that begin the RtO option for the 2016-2017 school year will have a total cost of ownership of $495. This is due to Apple lowering the cost of the iPad Air 2. Once a family pays the full balance for the cost of ownership, the device will shift into the BYO iPad option (see below). At this point, the District will remove its system software, and the BYO iPad parameters will apply.
Students will no longer have the option to install personal apps. The District will install web filtering software on all RtO devices, which is designed to help filter web content when devices leave campus.
Current RtO families are required to drop off their D103 iPads to Daniel Wright Junior High, no later than August 8, 2016. Beginning on August 8, current RtO devices will be wiped and reset to prepare for the upcoming school year. Students will be notified of when they can pick up their devices before the school year begins.
Bring Your Own iPad (BYO iPad) - Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, families are still welcome and encouraged to bring their own iPad, but BYO devices will no longer be integrated into the 1:1 management system of the District. During the summer months, families will be given a list of required apps they are responsible to purchase directly from the Apple App Store. For those families that participate in the BYO iPad option, apps that have been identified as required by the District are considered a required school supply. The District will continue to provide tier 1 technical support, but the maintenance and overall device health is the sole responsibility of the family.
For current BYO families, the District will begin un-enrolling devices from the management system as of July 1, 2016. While this process will be handled remotely, please be aware that all current “district owned” apps will be pulled back.
More information will be shared over the summer months, so stay tuned. We look forward to working with you and your child by continuing to develop our 1:1 Teaching and Learning program.
RJ Bialk, Director of Technology & Assessment
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