Tools for Parents

We have compiled several resources to help parents manage technology at home and better understand the role of iPads in learning.

Managing Your Child's Use of the iPad

We have updated instructions and recommendations for the 2014-15 school year.

Technology at Home

Common Sense Media

Find media-related ratings and guides for parents on this website.

NetSmartz

Age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. View the website.

Growing Up Online

A guide for parents and teachers of six-to-nine-year-old children. View on Amazon.

iOS: Understanding Parent Controls

Apple provides information about managing Parent Controls on iOS devices. View the website.

Warranty Options

Below are links to a few companies that offer iPad warranties. Others exist, as well. Please review providers’ costs, terms of service and coverage lengths to find the best fit for your family’s needs. Also, many (but not all) insurance companies will allow you to list an iPad on your Scheduled Personal Property. However, you typically must stipulate extended replacement cost; otherwise, a depreciated value would be used to determine the loss. Check directly with your agent or insurer about this option. It may be less expensive than an after-purchase policy.

Cyberbullying Research Center

An organization providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. View the website.

Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication

Promoting a new digital consciousness. View the website.

iPads in Learning

Horizon Reports

Each year, the New Media Consortium publishes its Horizon Report. Each report provides an overview of several cultural trends in technology and considers their impact on education. Part of that includes a meta-analysis of several research projects. These reports provide an excellent overview.

Technology Meets Education Blog

This blog is maintained by a primary teacher in Thailand. He does an exhaustive study of the issues and multiple research projects, so many of his entries serve as a rich lode of other resources. Two of the best on the iPad are:
  • What are the Effects of the iPad on Teaching and Learning? Literature Review
  • The Effects of the iPad on Teaching and Learning. Annotated Bibliography
  • iPad Adventures at Lower School Blog

    This blog chronicles the implementation of a 1:1 iPad program in the lower school at Sidwell Friends School, one of the top independent schools in the United States. Read the perspectives of different teachers as they have made this transition. View the blog.

    iPad in Schools Blog

    This blog is maintained by an educational consultant who focuses on innovation and presents information from two angles—philosophical and practical. The blogger looks at the very large context of cultural/educational disruption, and he also gives some nice advice on strong apps. View the blog.

    Use of Tablet Technology in the Classroom

    Schools in Australia have been among the leaders in 1:1 laptop and iPad implementation. This document is a long, thorough analysis of programs in the Sydney area. View the document.

    Data and Analysis of a High School 1:1 iPad Program

    The Eanes ISD near Austin conducted several surveys and focus groups a few months after implementing its 1:1 iPad program. Access the results and see the summative report.

    HASTAC

    While not iPad specific, HASTAC is one of the major groups exploring the future of education. It focuses on New Media, Critical Thinking and Connected Learning. Its main focus is “the future of learning in a digital age.” View the website.

    Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century

    Duke University professor Cathy Davidson provides a sweeping yet pointed overview on the link between cultural, scientific and technological change, with a section that focuses closely on schools. View the book.