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Students get iPads, crack firewall, play games. It’s not the iPad, it’s the Implementation plan!
Kids will be kids. A FIRST Robotics Team I am involved with was recently given 6 MilSpec Tablets for use by their lead sponsor. My son-in-law was demonstrating to me how the team can utilize them during competitions. He found games installed, by the students, in violation of team policies. He also found that the security was being probed, for possible internet use. Fortunately, the MilSpec Security Software was more than the high school students could breach.
Even though it is about the LA Unified School District, the concerns raised are valid here, as well. What concerned me the most was the parent that was a member of thec committee that recommended buying the iPads. Apparently, none of the issues were discussed before the purchase. ESL may not be as important here, but it is necessary. How can a student use the iPad at home, if the unit is only allowed access to the HVRHS WiFi? I see the same scenario occurring here. The committee that approved the purchase did not meet in public. There are no minutes we can review. What was discussed? Can we find out? Yes, this sounds like second guessing, but, my trust in the administration of Regional School District 1, as well as Housatonic Valley Regional High School, has been called into question over the last few years.
While many of these issues were brought up, the powers that be chose to ignore them. A quick Google search gives the steps on how to reset the device with iTunes, it’s simple human spirit to push the boundaries.