Devices and Apps

  • Frequently Asked Questions surrounding technology in 5th grade:

     

    Can my child bring their own device to school?

    Absolutely, but it is not needed! If you're child has an iPad or Chromebook it should work seamlessly with the technology in place in our classroom! Some of the apps that we use are listed to the right. That being said, we will have enough Chromebooks to allow for a 1-1 environment.

    IF YOU DECIDE TO allow them to bring their own device, we do ask that you take note of the responsibilty level of your child and talk with them about what happens if it gets broken. Devices have become such a norm with students that they sometimes don't realize how lucky they are to have them. The school is not responsible for accidents no matter how they occur.

     

    I haven't purchased a device for my child yet, but I'm thinking about it, what should I get?

    In our classroom and schoolwide we are currently using iPads and Chromebooks (mostly Chromebooks). As students get older you will also see a mixture of devices (as you will see in the real world as well). Technology changes so fast. If it were me, I'd go the cheapest route (Chromebooks) for a fifth grade student. Either way, it is a great investment in your responsible child's education. Note that you do not need a chromebook and a computer. What you can do on a computer is more than enough for your child.

     You only talk about iPads and Chromebooks, what about other formats?

    If you have another brand of a device your child is welcome to use it at home if it works. I am sorry, but teachers and our tech department typically does not have the time to assure your personal device will work. As we use many different apps and websites throughout the year, we are more familier with how they will respond on an iPad or Chromebook.

    So many passwords, how do we keep them all straight?

    For the most part, your child will use their Google Id's and passwords for all apps that allow that password format. It may be surprising to you, but even younger students learn very quickly as to what their logins and password are. Google allows saving of those logins/passwords on their devices so they really don't need to constantly log in. We also have a list for each student that has every password they should need. We do add things here and there throughout the year, but for the most part, we use their Google accounts for as much as will allow.