Mobile Learning Initiative

McGregor ISD will empower every student with the skills, knowledge, and experience in a safe atmosphere of respect, communication, and cooperation, encouraging all to become responsible and productive citizens. This is the mission of the McGregor Independent School District and it takes on special significance as our students prepare for life in the 21st century. To fulfill the district's mission, a 1:1 Mobile Learning Initiative was approved on October 29, 2012.

The Mobile Learning Initiative began at the start of the 2013-2014 school year when students in grades 8-12 were provided a district-owned iPad.  The second phase of the initiative consisted of students in grades 6-8 being issued a chromebook.  The district continues to provide chromebook and iPad devices to all students in grades PreK-12.

The initiative, however, is about more than the mobile learning device.  It is about changing the process of teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms; it is about developing collaborators, communicators, and critical thinkers. The Mobile Learning Initiative represents the district's commitment to equipping 21st century learners with 21st century tools and skills.

These devices are the students' personal mobile learning devices for the each school year. Students in grades 2-12 are able to take their device home for school and personal use, but are required to bring it to school each day, as it is their main source of technology used regularly as a part of instruction.

MISD iPad Deployment     MISD Mobile Learning Initiative


Which students will receive a mobile learning device?
Students enrolled in the 2nd-12th grades will be issued a chromebook to use each year. 

What items are required in order to receive a device?
The $50 use fee must be paid and Online Registration must be submitted by the parent/guardian via their Skyward Family account.

Will the $50 rental fee be a one-time charge or will students pay each year?
This is a one-time fee for the device issued.  Should a replacement device be required due to theft or loss, the student is required to pay the $50 use fee for the new device they are issued.

What if the device is damaged?
The district will pay the repair fee for the first instance of damage.  The student will be responsible for payment of any subsequent damages.

What if my student's device is stolen?
In the event of theft or vandalism, the student or parent must file a police report with the appropriate law enforcement agency.  A copy of the report must be given to the campus principal.  A replacement device will not be issued until the principal receives a copy of the report.

Will the device come with a protective case?
The district will purchase protective cases for the devices.  Students are required to use the protective case at all times.

Is my child required to accept the device?
The device is an integral part of the district's Mobile Learning Initiative.  Students will use their device to communicate, collaborate, produce projects, access content and textbooks needed for coursework, etc.  The device will enhance the student's learning, therefore; it is in the best interest of the student to accept the district-issued device.  Parents with questions may contact their child's campus principal.

If my child already has an iPad or chromebook, can they use it instead of the district-issued device?
Students must use the district-issued device due to device enrollment, management, and content.

Will students be trained on how to use the device?
Students will participate in a training session.  Information, assistance, and documentation will be given to students to help them get started with using their device.

Do the devices take the place of textbooks?
Course textbooks are online and most are only accessible via the student's device.  

Will students have to return their device to the campus office at the end of each school year?
Students will be required to turn in their device at the end of each school year.  The Technology Department will set a "check-in" date for all student devices.  Each device will be checked for damages at that time.

How do I clean the screen?
Use a microfiber cloth to clean the screen.  These are the same cloths used to clean glasses.  Do not use liquid to clean the screen.  Never spray any liquid directly on the screeen.

How often should the device be charged?
Students are required to bring a fully charged device to school each day.  The device will be used the majority of each school day.

What is the temperature threshold of the device?
These devices cannot endure extreme cold or hot temperatures.  Please do not leave the device in your car on a hot summer day.  Internal parts will become damaged should the device be exposed to extreme temperatures.

Is there an Internet filter in place to supervise and observe student's Internet use on the device?
The district uses a CIPA compliant web filtering system which provides a safe Internet environment while the device is being used on any WIFI network.  Restrictions are also configured on the device itself to prevent access to inappropriate apps, websites, etc.  The district encourages parents to set guidelines for Internet use in their home and actively monitor their child's Internet activity.

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