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HCSD 1:1 Student Technology Initiative

The Hilton Central School District is committed to providing a meaningful education. We believe that providing technology to our students has a tremendous impact on teaching and learning. To support on this belief, the district is in the process of implementing a 1:1 tablet initiative.

All students in grades 5-11 have the opportunity to take their device home with them this school year. To provide a measure of insurance to participating families, the district is offering enrollment in our 1:1 Protection Plan. Enrollment in the plan is optional with the understanding that if students/parents do not enroll in the protection plan they carry full liability for the device as they do for other damaged or lost school property, such as textbooks. In order for your child to receive their device, we must receive acknowledgement of participation or denial to participate in the program.

You are able to enroll in the Protection Plan via online credit card payment at the Cadet Webstore. Usernames and passwords were sent via mailer. If you do not know your username and password please contact your school's counseling secretary.

The district has identified three central objectives of the 1:1 initiative:

  • Shift instructional practice to be student-centered

  • Differentiate learning to meet the needs of all students

  • Extend learning beyond the classroom walls

Quick Links
*Beginning January 1, 2015 HCSD iPad users will need a certificate installed to browse the Internet on their device. Please use the instructions at the link below to install the certificate. If you experience difficulty, please contact a teacher or LTT staff member. Thank you.
Installing the Proxy Certificate 

1:1 Protection Plan Claim Form
HCSD 1:1 Initiative FAQ
Introductory Letter from the District
Introductory Slideshow for Parents
HCSD 1:1 Protection Plan
HCSD Loan Agreement
Create an Apple ID for users 13 and over (from the computer)
Removing payment information from an Apple ID (from the iPad)
Create an Apple ID for users 13 and over without attaching payment method
Creating an Apple ID for U13 students
Apple ID for Students: Parent Guide

Expected rollout and replacement schedule

Beginning in 2014-15, HCSD began annually distributing new tablets to our 5th and 9th graders. As of September 2015, over 2,200 iPads have been distributed to our students and staff. We plan to outfit two grade levels until all students in 5th – 12th grades have an HCSD tablet to support their education. The graphic below reflects the proposed rollout. Keeping the devices on a four year rotation will help ensure that 1:1 devices do not become obsolete during a student’s tenure in the district.

                                   

Protection Plan

Students in the initiative are being given the opportunity to take their iPad home with them all school year. To provide a measure of insurance to participating families, the district is offering optional enrollment in our 1:1 Protection Plan. It is each family’s choice whether or not to participate in the program. In order for your child to receive their device, acknowledgement of participation or denial to participate in the program must be received.

Information and terms of the Protection Plan can be found at the link below. If your child’s device is lost, damaged, or stolen fill out the claim form at the link below and bring the damaged device and any necessary documentation to your school’s treasurer.

HCSD 1:1 Protection Plan
Protection Claim Form - After filling out the online form, please bring your damaged device or applicable documentation to your school’s treasurer.

User Agreement

In order to receive a tablet, students and parents must read and agree to the terms of the HCSD Loan Agreement. This agreement contains ownership terms, daily expectations, acceptable use terms, and suggestions for general use and care. Acknowledgement of these terms is included with the signature in the Protection Plan document.

HCSD Loan Agreement

Apple ID for iPad

All HCSD students and staff are required to create a personal Apple ID to use their iPad. Many HCSD students and parents already have an Apple ID and these are acceptable to use on HCSD devices. There is no need to create a second Apple ID.

When you create an ID for a student 13 years of age of above, Apple will ask you to enter a payment method so that you can purchase items from the store. You will not be charged unless you make a purchase from the store. Identifying payment information is not actually required to create an Apple ID and further it can be removed once the ID is created. The links below include instructions to create an ID with a payment method, create an ID without a payment method, and remove payment method from an existing Apple ID. Please note that HCSD does not require students to purchase any apps for educational use. The district will cover the cost of all paid apps students use in their classes.

Create an Apple ID for users 13 and over (from the computer)
Removing payment information from an Apple ID (from the iPad)
Create an Apple ID for users 13 and over without attaching payment method

For students under the age of 13 (U13), Apple requires that a parent or guardian agree to their terms and conditions. In contrast to the accounts for students over the age of 13, U13 accounts do not require a payment method. However, they do require the parent take a few steps to activate the account. Detailed instructions for creating these accounts are included in the links below. The first link is an introductory letter from HCSD that details our expectations with the U13 accounts. If your child is under the age of 13 you should have received this letter in the mail. Please take time to read this letter carefully. The second link is step-by-step instructions on how to create a U13 account.

The third link below is a parent guide from Apple on student accounts. If you have a U13 child, Apple will also send you an email with a link to this document. It includes general information, Apple’s privacy statement, and instructions as to how to place certain restrictions on your device. We ask that parents please not set up any restrictions on your child’s iPad. HCSD sets consistent restrictions on the iPads that should not be altered, including access to certain apps and content.

Creating an Apple ID for U13 students
Apple ID for Students: Parent Guide

Staff Development

Teachers who receive iPads as part of this initiative attend professional development to increase their understanding of 1:1 instruction and participate in collaboration and idea-sharing with colleagues in similar circumstances. Currently, we offer two 3-day sessions for teachers participating in the initiative: one for teachers who are new and one for teachers who are experienced. As we move forward we will expand opportunities for our teachers to teach and learn 1:1 instructional strategies.

Assessment

The HCSD Technology Committee is currently working on a tool that will provide data as to how well the 1:1 devices are meeting the identified objectives.