Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Fifth - Eighth Grade 1:1 iPad Program
Since its implementation in 2013, Shorecrest’s 1:1 iPad Program has been the cornerstone of technology in the Middle School. Students have taken greater ownership of the learning process and have leveraged technology to take an active role in choosing and achieving their personal learning goals.
Teachers and students have found amazing ways to use these tools across the curriculum!
Inspiration Maps is a great way for students to synthesize learning beyond traditional concept maps. Space is unlimited and revisions are easy to make. Students include photos, shapes, and color with a purpose to organize and summarize what they have learned about arithmetic, metric measurement and the five themes of geography.
The Book Creator app allows students to create reflective journals and eBooks in Social Studies, Science and English. Students can easily add text and images to projects, as well as draw and annotate on pages of each virtual book they create. Students can record their voices or import audio tracks to augment projects.
In technology class, students use Notability to storyboard a personal narrative. Once storyboards are complete, students learn basic rules of photography. They use the iPad camera to capture images for their narrative and the app SnapSeed to edit them. Photos are uploaded to Adobe Spark Video to add text and voice to their personal story.
Notability is the go-to app for paperless classwork assignments and some note taking. Teachers begin the year by helping all students set up folders to organize their documents by subject. Students then learn how to supplement their work with pictures and sketches as well as audio recordings. The built-in backup feature ensures notes are not only backed up on the iPad but also accessible via Google Drive.
In addition to note taking and organization skills, students use apps that facilitate and enhance their participation in class discussion, collaboration with peers, and to create unique representations of their learning. Some apps include Poll Everywhere, Padlet, Flipgrid and Explain Everything.
Quizziz is an online quiz game students use to review concepts. Quizzes can be timed or untimed, competitive or not, and they provide teachers and students with immediate feedback.
Students use Flashcards to learn vocabulary roots.
All students in 5th-8th grades use a school-issued iPad.
5th Grade and New Students in 6th, 7th and 8th: Students are issued a school iPad for use throughout Middle School. An annual technology fee of $350 is billed to the family each September. The technology fee covers the iPad, an extended warranty, a keyboard case, all productivity and curricular iOS applications needed by the students, software to manage the device, and a Help Desk to support students and families.
6th Grade: Returning 6th Grade students are charged $350 for continued use of their school-issued device. They will turn in their devices at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. New devices will be issued when they return in 7th Grade.
7th Grade: Returning 7th Grade students are required to turn in their current device before the start of school. A new iPad with a new case will be issued for the next two years. More information on the device refresh will be included with the Start of School documents in July 2021. An annual technology fee of $350 is billed in September.
Eighth Grade: Returning 8th Grade students are charged $350 for continued use of their school-issued device. They will turn in their devices at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
Having school-issued devices ensures that all students have equal access to appropriate technology; that devices meet recommended standards/specifications; that all students are using the same operating system to promote consistency in learning; and that they are using the most up-to-date equipment so that they can run all necessary apps, digital texts, etc.
The biggest benefit for families is that the maintenance of devices is not the responsibility of the family, but the responsibility of the school. Additionally, using school-issued devices allows Shorecrest to customize access to age-appropriate, educational applications by grade level and to support parent requests for additional monitoring of devices.
Shorecrest has partnered with the online bookstore, eCampus, to provide a 'one-stop-shop' for access to digital texts. At this time, approximately 70% of textbooks and other reading materials such as class novels have a digital option in the bookstore.
Additionally, teachers will utilize other online materials to supplement the curriculum. Links to these materials will be posted through our learning management system, PowerSchool Learning.
Shorecrest assesses a $350 Technology Fee for students entering 5th - 8th grades each year. The fee covers the cost of the device, an extended warranty, a keyboard case, all educational apps, and management software fees. The Technology Fee is billed in September and is assessed each year of Middle School.
All 5th grade students and students new to 6th, 7th and 8th grades for the 2021-22 school year, along with a parent/guardian will be required to attend an iPad orientation before the start of school. Devices will be issued at iPad orientation. Information regarding orientation will be sent to families in July.
In addition to receiving the iPad, students will be given their school login credentials, access to our school network, and instructions for downloading apps. The orientation will also cover the school's Responsible Use Policy for Educational Technology (RUP) and student iPad contract.
Loaner iPads will be issued to students for use during repairs. Families will be asked to cover 100% of the cost of a repair (approximately $50), up to two repairs per year. The need for a third repair is not covered under the iPad warranty and would be the responsibility of the family. Any repair bills would be charged on the student bill.
If an iPad loaner is needed, students should visit Mrs. Alice Hathcoat in the MSAS for assistance. Her office is located on the first floor next to the elevator at the main entrance doors. She can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will use Shorecrest's PowerSchool Learning (PSL) management system on a daily basis. Students will use this system to upload assignments to their teachers. Additionally, students will be able to 'share' documents and other files with teachers utilizing Google Drive.
Teachers will provide instruction on how to use PSL.
Google Drive is a cloud-based document system where students can create and store word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Files can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and files can also be shared with other students for collaboration.
Students will setup iCloud backup services on their iPad at orientation. Once setup, their iPad will synchronize each evening when it is plugged in and on a wifi network. Students can also manually synchronize their iPad at any time. Documents will also be stored within their Google Drive accounts.
Parents can use the built-in Screen Time options to add additional downtime, app limits, communication limits as well as content and privacy restrictions. They can also get weekly reports to see how their student is using the device.
Directions for setting up Screen Time:
Go to General > Turn On Screen Time.
Select 'This is my iPad' option.
Set restriction options for each category.
Set a Screen Time passcode.
If you would like assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Anna Baralt at email@example.com for more information.