Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Fifth Grade 1:1 iPad Program
For the 2018-2019 school year, the fifth grade class (Class of 2026) will no longer bring a personal iPad to school. Shorecrest will issue all fifth grade students an iPad for their use while in Middle School. An annual technology fee will be billed to the family at the beginning of each school year. Visit the FAQs below to learn more about the 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. (Sixth - Eighth graders also use iPad devices in a similar program, here.)
Teachers and students have found amazing ways to use these tools across the fifth grade 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 are given a lesson on 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 in the fifth grade. Teachers begin the year by helping all students set up folders to organize their documents by subject. Students the 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 notetaking 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.
In English, students use iTrailer from iMovie along with Keynote and/or Google Slides to present their montly book write-up projects (created from their independent reading at home) to their peers. They are expected to include transitions, images, various themes and backgrounds as part of their presentation. Students also add on apps so that they can include speech bubbles, animations and moving text boxes to jazz up their trailers.
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.
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 no longer the responsibility of the family, but becomes the responsibility of the school. Additionally, using school-issued devices will allow Shorecrest to customize access to age-appropriate, educational applications by grade level and support parent requests for additional monitoring of devices.
Shorecrest will assess a $350 Technology Fee for students entering 5th grade in 2018. The fee covers the cost of the device, an extended warranty, a keyboard case, all educational apps, and management software fees. The Technology Fee will be billed on the first day of school. This fee will be charged each year of Middle School.
All students and a parent/guardian will be required to attend an hour-long iPad orientation before the start of school. Sessions will be offered one week prior to the start of school. Devices will be issued at iPad orientation. Information regarding orientation times 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 (approx $75), up to two repairs. 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 Haskell Library for assistance. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will use Shorecrest's PowerSchool learning 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.
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.
Fifth grade students will start the school year with access to only Shorecrest approved educational apps.
Once students are given access to the full Apple Store (TBD), parents may utilize Restrictions/Parental Controls through the iPad's General settings to secure student devices to prevent students from downloading apps without permission or supervision.These restrictions can be locked with a passcode to prevent students from changing them. More information can be found here.