At this point in the year, our iPad Pilot team has had the chance to obtain feedback from parents through surveys, the iPad Technology Parent Night and coffee meet-ups. Our 1:1 model of allowing students to take their iPads home as created a challenge for some families. Not surprisingly, the most consistent feedback from parents is partly around the management and control of their child's use of the iPad at home... you know, beyond the filters and 'teacher' supervision.
In my twitter feed, I came across this blog post, IPAD TIPS FOR PARENTS on theTechChef4U.com that offered a few creative parent iPad tips from 'Saying Goodnight to your iPad' to learning how to change the settings to turn off notifications and more. (By the way, be sure to bookmark that site.. endless resources and ideas.)
Also, recently in the news, one parent's Christmas gift of a new iPhone 5 to her son was bound by her own strict terms of agreement which included the tips mentioned above of vigilance, accountability, restrictions and responsibility. Click on the link below to read more.
As always, our iPad pilot teachers, principal and technology team is available for support. Do not hesitate to contact us. Feel free to leave other suggestions by leaving a comment!