PowerUp! Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of the most asked questions we receive from students and parents in the district in regards to the MISD PowerUp! Program.
What equipment will the student recieve when choosing to participate in the PowerUp! Program?
US Power Cable and Adapter
Otterbox or Griffin Case
Is the use of an iPad required?
No. This is an optional program. The District has a Bring Your Own Device policy that can be found in the MISD Student Handbook.
What will students use if they don't check out an iPad?
Students may continue to use traditional tools such as books, papers, and pencils. Some students may opt to use computers at school or technology that they have at home.
How will teachers use the iPad in teaching?
Students’ experiences will vary depending on content and teacher. Teachers will still teach the District adopted curriculum. Current adopted textbooks can be downloaded and/or accessed through the Internet. Parents may see student activities using digital class notes; creation of presentations, videos, and websites demonstrating student learning; students have been able to connect to content experts in another state or country using various apps for connecting and collaborating. Some teachers use the iPad as a way to provide homework help or give students the opportunity to collaborate on projects out of school.
Other teachers may “flip” their classroom, meaning students review videos or a presentation as an introduction to new concepts and information, and then do homework in class the next day where the teacher is available to help them. Students are able to review the information as many times as they need to in order to understand. If a student is absent, the information covered that day is easily accessed.
Apps used are recommended by MISD teachers, campuses, iPad Mentors, instructional technology, curriculum coordinators, and special education specialist. Many education professional organizations such as the Texas Computer Education Association, the American Dyslexia Association, and National Association of Special Education Teachers are reliable resources for the best apps.
Apple provides a list of educational apps at this link.
How does the district ensure student safety with the use of the iPad?
Mansfield ISD Technology Development Department employs a variety of methods to manage the iPad program including Internet filtering, AirWatch, application restrictions and catalog.
Internet Filtering software collects information about the sites that students access. Whether a use is offtask or appropriate depends on the time of day, the student’s schedule, and the teacher’s instructions. If a student attempts to access an inappropriate site, a notification is generated and the filtering software blocks the viewing of that site.
AirWatch is the District’s mobile device management system. Our Technology Development Department uses Airwatch for iPad student use and inventory control. Using AirWatch, technicians can send valuable information and tutorials directly to the devices, monitor use, and manage application download controls.
A list of Blacklisted Applications is also another part of the management equation. There are a number of iPad apps, including most social networking tools, that are not allowed on the District-issued devices in order to reduce the risk of inappropriate use. To see a list of Blacklisted apps please visit the Blacklisted Apps page.
What can parents do to help the district ensure safety for students?
Parents can take an active role in students’ learning with the iPad by taking steps to ensure the devices are being used appropriately.
Make sure the AirWatch icon is on the iPad device.
Periodically, check the Internet browsing history and ask them about questionable sites or activity.
Check to see if any blacklisted applications are installed on the devices.
Check all photos and videos on the devices.
For information and questions, visit our Parent Resources Page.
What action should be taken if the iPad is ever lost or stolen?
If the iPad is misplaced on campus, students should immediately contact their campus administration and Mobile Device Technician. If the iPad is lost or stolen off campus, students or parents should report the incident immidiately to MISD Police by calling 817-299-6000.
What actions should students take if the iPad is damaged?
If the iPad is ever damaged, students should report it to their campus administration and Mobile Device Technician immediately.
Students should never try to troubleshoot any problems that arise on the iPad. Students should not ask a friend or parent to troubleshoot any issues. If any problems arise with regards to the iPad, students should report it to their campus Mobile Device Technician immediately.
Does the student return the iPad at the end of the year?
Because of safety & security programs in place, students are able to keep the iPads during summer break and bring them back to school the next year.The Internet is filtered at school and at home on the iPads. Processes are in place for parents if the iPad is stolen. Eighth grade students will take the iPad to high school.