techEQUITY FAQs

Why is the school district moving to 1:1 devices?

The information age is transforming the way students access learning materials. More and more private providers of educational materials are moving from a traditional textbook format for delivering content to digital platforms like websites and ebooks.

Who is receiving iPads? What about other students?

Students in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11 received iPads in fall 2017. Students in grades 4, 7, and 10 will receive iPads in fall 2018. By fall 2018, all students in grades 4 through 12 will have iPads.

When will my student(s) receive a device?

Devices will be rolled out over two years. The following is a breakdown which grades will be assigned take home devices.

2017-2018: 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th

2018-2019: 4th-12th

Classroom devices will available for students not receiving a device during the 2017-2018 school year

Why is my student(s) not receiving a device?

Devices will be rolled out over two years. The following is a breakdown which grades will be assigned take home devices.

2017-2018: 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th

2018-2019: 4th-12th

Classroom devices will available for students not receiving a device during the 2017-2018 school year

Can families bring their own iPads?

No, the iPads being used in class must be managed for teacher/student applications to work.

May a student refuse an iPad?

No, a student may not refuse an iPad because it functions as a textbook.

What is the cost to families?

There is no cost to families unless you choose to participate in our Technology Equity Partnership Program.

Will iMessages be disabled?

Yes.

What is being done about internet access for families?

While iPads work without an internet connection, we understand that distributing devices to students is only the beginning of our equity work in technology. We realize that access to low cost or free wireless will continue to be a barrier for many of our students. The district is actively engaged finding a solution to this community problem. More information about this work will be made available in the coming months.

What are the digital citizenship expectations?

Common Sense Media lessons will be taught at all grade levels.

How do teachers request apps?

A teacher can request an app by either sending an email to support or by submitting a request directly through Zendesk. Shortly after a request is submitted, the requestor will receive a link to a form requesting additional information. The requested app will be available 24-48 hours after the form is submitted.

How are apps loaded on to devices?

Apps are either pushed or pulled onto devices. Most apps are pulled by the user through the Self-Service app onto their device. The user chooses the app they want from Self-Service and within a minute or two the app is installed on the device. (View the list of the apps available in Self-Service).

In certain cases apps will be pushed to devices. When an app is pushed to a device the app is automatically installed without any user intervention.

Students cannot use their own Apple IDs on a district-managed iPad because the Apple App Store is not available on district-managed iPads.

Will the iPads come with a core set of apps?

Yes, along with the iPads default set of apps the following apps will also be installed: Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Classroom, Notability, PDF Expert, and Desmos.

Who is responsible for deploying iPads and collecting payments for the optional techEQUITY Payment Program (TEPP)?

Educational Technology Services (ETS)

What happens if a student breaks, damages, or loses an iPad?

The student emails Educational Technology Services (ETS) at support@sbunified.org. The family is responsible for all fees associated with a lost, stolen, or broken iPad. For more information, go to the TechEQUITY page and scroll to Responsibility.

What training and support will be given to teachers?

Tech coaches are providing training during June and August professional learning days. Tech coaches will also offer quarterly iLearn workshops and one-to-one help as needed.

How do teachers and students download apps to their iPads?

The Self Service app on your iPad has over 700 educational apps available to students and teachers.

Are charter schools part of the techEQUITY program?

They are not.

Can students use personal Google accounts on district iPads?

Yes, students may use both their personal and SB Unified Google accounts on district iPads.

Will iPads add weight to student backpacks?

As instructional materials become digital and our teachers use open educational resources, students will carry fewer print textbooks, so their backpacks should become lighter.

How will the techEQUITY program impact student screen time?

iPads will not be used at all times or even every day in the classroom. iPads will not replace teachers or quality instruction that includes critical thinking, simulations, reading, and class discussions.

Are we abandoning Chromebooks?

Purchasing iPads for each student does not mean we are abandoning Chromebooks. However, purchasing, replacing, and maintaining Chromebook carts is a school site decision.

How does the techEQUITY program align with the Williams Act?

The Williams Act requires the district to provide instructional materials for all students. This is why we are providing an iPad for every student in grades 4 through 12 by Fall 2018, regardless of whether or not a student already has a personal digital device.

By what date will devices be wiped clean and delivered to students?

As the school year ends each June, all district-owned iPads will be collected. Over the summer they will be wiped clean for a fresh start in the fall. Students will receive the freshly cleaned iPads during the first two weeks of school in the fall.