iInspire Academy

Vision Statement

The iInspire Academy at California Elementary School is an innovative and premier one-to-one iPad program that seamlessly infuses 21st century learning and technology into the curriculum.  We are an Apple Distinguished School, Golden Bell Recipient,  Gold Ribbon School, Title I Achieving School, and ERP "Top 10 look-a-like school".

iPad 24/7 School Policies

Habitual Failure to Bring their Learning Tool (iPad) to School

1st Occurrence: Call home by office staff, Class Consequence per Teacher Discretion

2nd Occurrence: Call home by office staff, Class Consequence per Teacher Discretion

3rd Occurrence: Call home by office staff, Class Consequence per Teacher Discretion; Call home by teacher; loss of Take Home privilege for one week

4th Occurrence: Call home by office staff, Class Consequence per Teacher Discretion; Call home and/or meeting by Dr. Albert; loss of Take Home privilege for one month; Student placed on Take Home contract

5th Occurrence: Call home by office staff, Class Consequence per Teacher Discretion; loss of Take Home privilege for remainder of the year

 

Class misuse of iPad minor incident (on *unauthorized sites [not pornographic], not following minor safety procedures [not carrying iPad safely, not storing device properly, bringing it out at recess, storing liquid in backpack with the iPad, etc.], creating password protected screens, writing on the cover/ putting stickers on it, creating unauthorized screen savers )

1st Occurrence: Warning or Class Consequence per Teacher Discretion

2nd Occurrence: Contact home by teacher, Class Consequence per Teacher Discretion

3rd Occurrence: Call home by teacher, Class Consequence per Teacher Discretion; loss of Take Home privilege for one week

4th Occurrence: Referral to the office; Call home by teacher; Class Consequence per Administration Discretion; Call home and/or meeting by Dr. Albert; loss of Take Home privilege for one month; Loss of school use of the iPad except mandatory Guided Access for Essential Learning Apps (Lexia, FASST Math, Envision Learning Bridge, Starfall, Teach me Kinder, Interim Assessments, local assessments that require computer access ) Student placed on Take Home contract

5th Occurrence: Referral to the office, Call home by teacher; Class Consequence per Administration Discretion; Call home and/or meeting by Dr. Albert; loss of Take Home privilege for remainder of the year; Loss of school use of the iPad for the remainder of the year except mandatory Guided Access for Essential Learning Apps (Lexia, FASST Math, Envision Learning Bridge, Starfall, Teach me Kinder, Interim Assessments, local assessments that require computer access )

Please note that if the minor incident results in a financial loss to the device the student and family are financially responsible. 

* While all iPads have been installed with secure software designed to limit access to unauthorized website that have been tested, no measure may be foolproof. 

Misuse of iPad major incident (on or attempting to access *unauthorized sites [pornographic], searching or attempting to search inapropriate content on the internet, not following major safety procedures [throwing the device, maliciously hitting another student with their backpack while the iPad is inside, kicking the backpack when the iPad is inside, etc.], maliciously creating passwords on other student’s iPads, trying to bypass the security filters by jailbreaking the iPad or utilizing proxy servers).  The iPad is issued for the appropriate educational use of the student assigned to the iPad only.  The student is accountable for all content searched and/or installed on the iPad.

1st  Occurrence: Referral to the office; Call home by teacher; Class Consequence per Administration Discretion; Call home and/or meeting by Dr. Albert; loss of Take Home privilege for one month; Loss of school use of the iPad except mandatory Guided Access for Essential Learning Apps (Lexia, FASST Math, Envision Learning Bridge, Starfall, Teach me Kinder, Interim Assessments, local assessments that require computer access ) Student placed on Take Home contract

2nd Occurrence: Referral to the office, Call home by teacher; Class Consequence per Administration Discretion; Call home and/or meeting by Dr. Albert; loss of Take Home privilege for remainder of the year

Please note that if the major incident results in a financial loss to the device the student and family are financially responsible. 

* While all iPads have been installed with secure software designed to limit access to unauthorized website that have been tested, no measure may be foolproof. 

Failure to Recharge the Device

All students are checked out iPad chargers for their use only.   While the cost to charge the device is extremely nominal, we also provide free charging stations in class to provide a free and appropriate education.  The advantage to charging at home is that there will be less downtime in class.  If a student chooses to charge their device in class, please contact the teacher.  For upper grade students (grades 3-5) choosing to charge their device at school, it is the student's responsibility to charge the device at recess and lunch.  Failure to charge the device at the free charging stations during break and/or lunch may result in disciplinary consequences.  

Background

The iInspire Academy is a teacher application based one-to-one iPad program exclusive to California Elementary School in the Orange Unified School district that started October 2014.  Teachers accepted into the program were loaned for their exclusive use (from existing technology and site funds):

* A class set of iPads equal to the number of students in their class (grades K-5); a center of 10 iPads in TK

* A teacher iPad for their instructional use

* An Apple TV for their classroom instructional use to display multimedia teacher and student presentations and multimedia source information

* Extensive professional development support and coaching to integrate technology seamlessly into their classrooms to meet the high demands of 21st century learning

24/7 Take Home Program

Background Information

The 24/7 Take Home program involves students in grades K-5 taking their iPads to and from school.  We successfully piloted in the 5th grade during the 2015-2016 school years and the results indicated a 0% loss rate and a 0% damage rate.  In addition,  student achievement results indicated an increase in student learning.

The OUSD Board of Education approved to expand the pilot to all grade levels and allow other schools to follow in our footsteps.  Parents will be allowed the option to have their students take their devices to and from school. To be eligible parents are required to attended a mandatory online or in person 30 minute workshop.  The in person parent workshop will take place from 5:30-6:00 PM in your child's classroom at Back to School Night on September 5, 2017.  A make up session will take place on Wednesday September 6th, 2017 at 2:15 PM in the library.

Purpose

The purpose of the 24/7 Take Home program is to extend the learning time of students to maximize student learning, increase their background knowledge on concepts prior to teachers teaching them, and to level to Technology Gap that exists in our community to prepare our students for 21st century jobs.

Homework

Homework will be dramatically enhanced as teachers learn to implement a Flipped Classroom lesson delivery.  This involved utilizing multimedia (video, pictures, digital text, and/or auditory files) to introduce concepts at home prior to learning them in class.  The advantage of this is prior exposure to Academic Vocabulary and a customized learning pathway for all students.  Below are the recommended homework times Monday- Thursday.    


K-2: 

  • 10 min Lexia (if two grade levels above: read instead)
  • 10 min Reading (Raz Kids, Overdrive, or paper book)
  • 10 min Teacher Directed (Encouraged to introduce media content)

3-5

  • 15 min Lexia (if two grade levels above: read instead)
  • 15 min Reading (Raz Kids, Overdrive, or paper book)
  • 15 min Teacher Directed (Encouraged to introduce media content)

Internet Access

  • Students may access the internet to complete homework with our extended after school Library Hours until 3:00 PM.
  • Students in the After School Program (Think Together) will be able to access the internet after school to complete homework.
  • There is free Community Access Points at places like the Orange Library, McDonalds, Starbucks.  Parents are always encouraged to accompany students to public Access Points and the school does not have assume liability for visiting these locations
  • If you require a non-internet option, please contact your student's teacher.

Requirements

Prior to students taking the iPads home, parents must complete the following:

  • Parents must attend  a mandatory online or in person 30 minute workshop.
    • The in person parent workshop will take place from 5:30-6:00 PM in your child's classroom at Back to School Night
    • Or- Watch the parent workshop online
    • Or- Addend a Make Up Session
  • Parents must complete the  paperwork (OUSD 1:1 Take Home Agreement for each child  & Alternative Income Form)
  • Parents must open a free Parent Portal Account
  • Parents must complete the Data Conformation process in the Parent Portal
  • No outstanding fines

Please contact our office for details or assistance.

Responsibilities

Students

  • Voluntarily charge the iPad on a daily basis
  • Do not try to bypass security features
  • Safely transport it to and from school
  • Do not leave unattended
  • Safely place in backpack with hard cover
  • Use the iPad appropriately as their learning tool
  • Do not let anyone else use it
  • Report loss, damage, theft immediately to school
  • Leave your charger at home and return it in the same condition as you borrowed it
  • Return the iPad for storage for the summer and any holiday greater than three days (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break) 
  • Return the iPad in the same condition as you borrowed it

Parents

  • Provide a voluntary charging area and leave charger at home until returned 
  • Monitor use at home
    • Utilize Guided Access if your student is having a hard time focusing to complete their homework.  Your child's teacher or our front office can assist you in setting it up. 
  • Treat  the devise as your student’s learning tool. Do not let anyone else use it.
  • Report loss, damage, theft immediately to school
  • Monitor that the charger stays at home and is returned in the same condition as your student borrowed it
  • Return the iPad for storage for the summer and any holiday exceeding three days (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break) 
  • Return the iPad in the same condition as you borrowed it or pay for the replacement costs listed below

Financial Responsibility

Like a lost, stolen, or damaged textbook or musical instrument parents are financially responsible for a damaged, lost or stolen iPad. We experienced 0% loss and 0% damage for the students in the 5th grade pilot during the 2015-2016 school year.  Below are the reimbursement costs:

  • Replace a lost or stolen charger $40
  • Replace a cracked screen $150
  • Replace a lost, stolen, or non-functioning iPad due to damage $499
  • Replace a lost, stolen, or broken hard plastic cover $10  

Opt Out

  • Parents may elect to opt out of having their student take the school issued iPad home by declining on the Parent Take Home Survey during Back to School or contacting their student's teacher
    • Please note that the applications that are being installed on the school devices are customized and will not be available to install on a personal device.  
    • Students opting out will be given alternative assignments that will not be enhanced with 21st century technology and as a result will not take advantage of integrating multimedia to introduce topics prior to class. 

Frequent Questions and Answers

link to Q&A Sheet

If after reading through the Frequent Question sheet and this site and you still have questions, please feel free to contact your student's teacher or our office.