K-4 FAQs

  • Digital Dragons Basics

    • Do students need their own devices?
      In 2015, the Strategic Planning Committee recommended that CISD adopt a plan to “provide each student and teacher with a mobile device to use both at school and at home to encourage and support 21st century learning, anytime, anywhere.” (Strategy 3.3)
    • How were these devices chosen?
      A Device Selection Committee comprised of students, teachers, administrators, and district curriculum and technology department members researched and tested multiple devices in spring 2017.
    • How will the Digital Dragons program be funded?
      The district will purchase devices for K-12 students using funds from the 2017 Bond.
    • Can students opt out of the Digital Dragons program?
      Yes, students can elect to opt out of the program and bring their own device. In the event the student brings his/her own device, the student is responsible for ensuring the device is compatible with district resources and tools. CISD staff will not be responsible for support of BYOD devices.

    Device Specifications

    • What devices will students receive?
      Students in grades K-4 will receive an iPad.
    • What apps will the device have?
      The device will have apps from the CISD approved app list. These apps have gone through an extensive vetting process to check for student privacy, safety, security, content relevance, and accessibility features.
    • Will students be able to add apps to their iPad?
      Students will not be able to add apps to their iPad. In the case that additional apps are needed, the teacher may request apps for approval.
    • Will the devices print to campus printers when at school?
      No.

    Deployment

    • What do parents need to do in order for their child to receive his/her device?
      Parents must review and sign the AUP in Skyward during the Annual Verification Process.
    • When will students receive devices?
      Students in grades K-4 will receive iPads at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Will devices include a protective case or bag?
      The iPad will be in a protective case.

    Rules and Procedures

    • Are students required to receive a device?
      It is not mandatory to receive a student device. Students may opt to bring their own personal devices. However, the iPads being provided by the district have been specifically configured to meet the needs of our instructional curriculum. For example, specific apps have been added for instructional use that align with the curriculum. 
    • Do students keep the same device every year?
      No, they will log out of the device at the end of each school year and log back in to a device in their new teacher's classroom.
    • Will students be able to take devices home? 
      Students will not be taking their device home. Devices will be kept at school and charge overnight in the homeroom classroom.

    Parents and Students

    • How are students protected from inappropriate content?
      Carroll ISD provides internet filtering to prevent viewing of unauthorized website content.
      For tips on protecting your child at home, visit our Parent Resource page.
    • Will digital citizenship and cybersafety be taught?
      Yes, lessons will be taught based on ISTE standards.
    • How can parents protect children at home?
      Some of the ways parents can protect children at home is to monitor social media activity, check internet browsing history, and discussing appropriate use. Visit our Parent Resource page for helpful information on protecting your child at home.
    • Where does a student receive technical assistance?
      The student should contact the technician on campus for support.
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