How will teachers know how to use the iPad as an effective tool?
Some of our teachers piloted iPads in their classes last year and discovered many ways to integrate the iPad into lessons. This summer, Branson is sponsoring Tech Camp for faculty and staff, a week of intensive tech training with our in-house tech experts as well as a consultant from November Learning, a specialist in iPad training. We expect early adapters in each department to share their discoveries with their colleagues. We also expect to learn from our students as they explore the capacities of the iPad.
Why is Branson adopting iPads rather than another platform?
The iPad is being developed for education with programmers and app designers creating more apps for iPads than the other available platforms. We believe the iPad is the best platform currently available.
Who owns the iPad?
Branson students will own the iPads, and they are expected to use the iPads first and foremost for academic purposes. Each year, every Branson student must agree to abide by our Acceptable Use Policy. The provisions of this policy will, of course, also apply to the iPad. We expect each student to care for and manage the iPad for use in class just as he would care for and manage any course material. We launch this program in the spirit of trust and collaboration with our students, and we will deal with individual cases of misuse as they arise.
Who is responsible for purchasing apps?
As a requirement for receiving an iPad, Branson students must sign up for an iTunes account using their school email. The Branson Technology fee covers the projected cost of apps for the year. Apps required for courses will be purchased and distributed to the students by the faculty and educational support staff. Branson will work with every student and their families to purchase apps at the volume purchasing price. Apps purchased for personal use must be paid for by the student.
What models are available?
Branson will be providing all students with the 32GB wifi version of the iPad 2 with SmartCover. We recommend that students purchase a stylus, case and apple headset with microphone.
Can you print from an iPad?
The iPads give us an excellent opportunity to evaluate our printing resources and be more efficient and thoughtful about consumption moving forward. The iPad comes pre-installed with AirPrint, which prints to a select number of HP wireless printers, which we do not have on campus. For more information, go to: http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/airprint.html
Can my child use a different mobile device such as an android tablet instead of an iPad?
Branson has chosen to be a single device environment, which will enable us to focus on the educational experience of the iPad.
Do iPads have parental controls?
iPads have controls through which parents can restrict Safari and YouTube, as well as the installation of apps. Contact the Branson Technology Office if you need help setting the parental controls on your child's iPad.
Will Branson filter content on the iPads?
Branson does not filter content on campus. We expect all students to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy when using any networked mobile device. The Acceptable Use Policy is in the Parent/Student Handbook, which is available on the Branson website.
Will I need to purchase any additional accessories?
We recommend purchasing a headset with microphone, a stylus, and a case.
Will students receive support in setting up the iPad and using it for educational purposes?
During the week of August 22, students attended an information session and received their iPads. Our Technology Coach, Offie Clark, will work with faculty and students throughout the year to provide training and support.
Should students purchase their textbooks electronically?
Not all texts are available electronically. Those that are available for purchase may expire after a limited period of time. Our librarian, Lori Deibel, has been researching the availability of texts. Go to Program and then Academics on the Branson website. You will find a link called Course Booklist. Search the appropriate course and you will find the booklist. Included in that information will be the duration of a subscription if the book is available as an ebook. For example, you may find a notation that says "180 day subscription."We will update this information as changes in ebook availability take place. Before purchasing an ebook, students should consult with their teachers.
What if the iPad is lost or stolen?
Branson will supply a replacement and the cost of the replacement will be charged to the family. Students on financial aid will receive support commensurate with the financial aid package for one replacement. A second replacement will be the full responsibility of the family.