Technology @ CDS
Technology @ CDS
Carrollwood Day School recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for college, work, life, and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop 21st-century technology and communication skills.
Technology resources at Carrollwood Day School are provided for the purpose of supporting the educational mission of the School. The School’s goal in providing computing devices is to promote educational excellence: by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, research, creativity, communication, increased productivity, and mobile learning.
Technology is viewed as a tool to help facilitate knowledge creation and increase skills such as critical problem solving, communication and collaboration.
All Carrollwood Day School students, teachers, and administrators have access to the appropriate technology resources and infrastructure necessary to support learning, teaching and leading.
The CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY outlines the guidelines and behaviors that all students and staff are expected to follow when using computing devices on the school campus and network.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Technology @ CDS
As part of Carrollwood Day School's ongoing efforts to provide all the tools necessary to prepare our students for excelling in the 21st century, all students in grades 4-12 participate in a BYOD program. This initiative is not new at CDS, we have had a 1:1 device program since 2007.
Apple products inspire creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find anywhere else. And they are easy to integrate into the curriculum. Apple products offer easy-to-learn tools that encourage students to collaborate and communicate their best thinking in compelling new ways. Apple devices paired with passionate and well-supported teachers enables deeper creativity and learning.
Which BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) device do I need?
- Students in grades 4 - 5 are required to have an Apple iPad. See Below for Specifications.
- Students in grades 6 - 12 are required to have a Apple MacBook laptop. See Below for Specifications.
- It is the responsibility of the student's family to purchase and install the required applications on the student device.
BYOD Device Requirements
Carrollwood Day School has determined the following recommended specifications for the required iPads:
- Apple iPad versions: Apple iPad Air 2 or Newer
- At least 64GB of storage
Note: Any Apple iPad generations not listed above are not suitable for the classroom-learning environment at CDS.
- MacBook Laptops
Carrollwood Day School has determined the following minimum specifications for the required Macbook:
- Apple MacBook versions: MacBook, Macbook Pro, MacBook Air
- MacOS 10.13: High Sierra or Higher
- Minimum of 8 GB RAM
Apple Device Warranty
We highly recommend the AppleCare Protection Plan for your newly purchased Apple device. This will need to be purchased directly from Apple. If you would like help selecting a device that meets these requirements, please visit your local Apple store or www.apple.com.
BYOD Device Purchasing
Carrollwood Day School does not sell devices directly to families. Parents are encouraged to visit the Apple store or other local retailers to “test drive” a MacBook or iPad before purchasing. This will give your child a hands-on experience to see which model works best for them. MacBooks and iPads can also be ordered online at http://store.apple.com/us.
BYOD Device Ownership
Student devices are the property and responsibility of the student and his/her family. Insurance (against damage, theft or other loss) and a protective case are strongly recommended. Carrollwood Day School is not responsible for lost, broken or stolen devices.
BYOD Technical Support
Students agree to ensure their device has the latest approved operating system for the device and that their required learning apps are installed and always updated. BYOD students understand that CDS Technology Department will only provide technical support for WIFI connectivity and core learning apps on student devices. The CDS Technology Department will not provide loaner devices or chargers to students.
- What is expected of the School?
- Provide students a reliable Wi-Fi connection
- Provide students an Internet content filtering system
- Provide a blended educational environment
- Model safe device and internet practices
- What is expected of the Parent(s)?
- Provide your student a device that meets the minimum BYOD specifications
- Purchase and install the required applications for your student
- Provide appropriate student device insurance and warranty
- What is expected of the Student?
- Bring your device fully charged to school each day
- Maintenance of student device and student applications
- Show respect for other devices, work and privacy
- Access technology as a responsible user
- Abide by the expectations and rules stated in the CDS Responsible Use Policy (RUP)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What storage size do you recommend for the iPad?
A: At CDS, we strongly recommend at least the 64GB model. With the introduction of textbooks on the iPad, the 16/32GB iPads will not meet the long-term needs for our students. Your child will need to effectively manage their apps, books and media files (such as music and/or movies). Audio and video files are large and will fill a hard drive quickly.
Q: What iPad accessories do you recommend?
A: We highly recommend the iPad cases from OtterBox.
Q: How do I create an iTunes account for my student without a credit card tied to the account?
A: The iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store share the same Apple ID account. To create a new Apple ID for use on iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store without a credit card, follow the steps below.
Q: Will students be using only digital books (ebooks)?
A: Not exclusively; paper books are still being used in some classes. CDS uses the best materials for each learning environment. The academic department chairs, with the approval of the principals, select materials for department instruction, including digital and hard copy books. We are striving for an all digital textbook environment at CDS but are reliant upon the textbook publishers.
Required BYOD Applications
Specific applications may be required to be installed on student devices to provide students consistency in the classroom. These applications will be determined by the Carrollwood Day School administration and curriculum departments.
It is the responsibility of the student's family to purchase and install the required applications on the student device.
Please re-visit this page by August 10, 2020 to check if any apps are required for your student's grade.
Apple ID for Students
As a parent or guardian, you want the best learning environment for your student. One that makes learning relevant for each student and allows for creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. With an iOS device like iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, students always have access to the content they need—no matter where they are.
Carrollwood Day School requires an Apple device so they can personalize their learning experience. To access all the great content available in the App Store as well as materials they create, your student will need a their own unique Apple ID. With an Apple ID and iCloud, students can also access their notes, calendars, and documents from any device.
Your student will have a personal account with Apple, called an Apple ID. With an Apple ID, your student can:
- Keep iWork documents up to date between home and school devices
- Keep personal content, such as contacts, calendars, documents, and photos up to date on their iOS devices and Mac.
- Back up iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch automatically.
- Use Find My iPhone to locate a lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
All students will need their own Apple ID, they cannot share with a parent or sibling.
If your child already has their own Apple ID and you give consent for them to use it at Carrollwood Day School, they do not need to create a new Apple ID. Please verify with your child that they know the username and password to access the Apple ID account.
If your child does not have an Apple ID, please follow the steps below to create them an Apple ID through Apple Family Sharing.
Apple ID for Students Under 13
With Family Sharing, you can create Apple IDs for children under 13. Parents will need to setup Family Sharing for their child/student and create them their own unique Apple ID prior to the first day of school.
IMPORTANT - YOUR STUDENT WILL NEED TO KNOW THEIR APPLE ID USERNAME AND PASSWORD.
Apple IDs for students under 13 include the following features:
- Account settings, such as email address and date of birth, cannot be changed.
- No credit card is attached to the account at setup.
- Limit Ad Tracking is turned on for the account to ensure the student does not receive targeted advertising from Apple.
- A parent or guardian can be notified of any significant changes to the terms of the account.
Once your student reaches age 13, the Apple ID converts to a full account with full rights and privileges. Students can continue to access any class work, notes, books, or apps associated with their Apple IDs.
Service and Support
The Apple Support website can help you learn more about Apple products and services. There you can view online manuals, download the latest software, and more. You can also get service, support, and professional advice from Apple. Visit apple.com/support.
* * If your student loses access to their Apple ID account, the password can be reset online via apple.com/support/appleid.
A Great Learning Environment for your Student
Using an Apple ID with your student’s school-provided device provides access to great educational content and automatically keeps their information at their fingertips on all the devices they use. Simple controls in iOS ensure you are able to limit content and features you feel are appropriate for your child while still allowing for an exceptional set of tools to aid in their educational development.