Parent/Community FAQs (Elementary Schools)
- What students will be receiving devices for the 2018-2019 school year? Shared iPads were distributed to K-2 classroom teachers Aug. 22. Grade 4 students will receive iPads this September. Grade 3 students will also receive individual iPads this year.
- Why are only some grade levels receiving devices?
EPSD Connects includes a gradual phase-in of devices for instructional as well as financial reasons. For the 2018-2019 school year, we will have K,1,2,3,4 receiving iPads. In the 2019-2020 school year 5th grade students will receive iPads.
- If my student is in a grade that is not receiving a device, what is his/her options? We are re-allocating existing carts of devices to grade levels that are not going to be issued devices this school year. This will increase access for all students.
- Will my child be allowed to take their device home every day? No. Students in elementary schools will not be taking devices home for the 2018-2019 school year.
- Will parents need to buy insurance for student devices for 2018-2019? No.
- What happens if an individual device is damaged?
We recognize that even with the best of care, errors occur, and devices break from time to time. Students should report device issues to their teacher and the district will repair/replace devices.
- Does the district block access to inappropriate websites? Yes. IPads will be filtered in the district. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that school devices be filtered to protect students from inappropriate online content. Specifically, CIPA uses the federal criminal definitions for obscenity and child pornography. Keep in mind that no blocking technology is 100% effective. The best filter is adult guidance. We encourage all adults to talk with kids about their online activities and behaviors.
- Will a consistent app package be chosen?
For a comprehensive list of possible applications please refer to: https://www.eastpennsd.org/technology/edservices
- How much time will students spend on the device each day?
The device is a tool to enhance teaching and learning. Therefore, the balance of device use will vary by subject and learning activities. At times, your child may use technology heavily, but there will be other times when your child will not use the device as frequently.
- What training and resources will be available to students, staff and parents? Our focus in East Penn is on high quality instruction enhanced through the meaningful integration of technology. We continue to provide professional development to teachers on effective technology integration. In addition, we are fortunate to have two Technology Integration Specialists to support teachers with this integration process. Upper Elementary Students who receive devices for 2018-2019 will receive a lesson from the Technology Integration team. Additionally both Technology Integration Specialists will cycle through all classrooms K-5 supporting and assisting teachers as needed.
- Who should I contact if I have questions about EPSD Connects?
You may contact building administration with any questions or concerns.