Backup and Pack Up Devices

Backup Devices

As the school year ends it is time to think about backing up content on your student’s iPad. All documents, data, photos, and videos can be copied to your child’s district Google Drive account. Below are videos that demonstrate the steps involved in copying content from the iPad to Google Drive.

Copy Images and Videos to Drive

Images to Drive

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Copy Explain Everything files to Drive

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Copy Notability files to Drive

Notability to Drive

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Copy Pages files to Drive (this works for alls iWorks apps)

Pages to Drive

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Pack Up Devices

iPads will be collected from all students for the summer. Schools will be notifying you of what collection dates. All devices will be checked in and inspected for damage by school personnel.

What is my student required to turn in?

  • iPad in working condition
  • the case that was provided
  • charger
  • lightning cable (optional – only 6th & 9th graders will be provided a new cable)


What charges could be incurred if we lose or damage iPad or accessories?

Contact your school for the costs for common items

  • iPad
  • Lightning cable
  • Power adapter
  • Case

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Parents and Internet Safety – What does it mean to Stay Safe Online?

When we talk about “Internet Safety”, that generally means:

  • Keeping your private information private – personal information, including passwords, your home address, inappropriate images, and gossip
  • Keeping a simple online profile that doesn’t reveal too much about you and what you do, including your daily schedule.
  • Keeping a good reputation online  – because everything you post is forever.
  • Acting responsibly and respectfully to avoid things such as cyberbullying and inappropriate content


Common Sense Media is a great resource to help you get more comfortable with your child’s technology use.  Three pieces of advice paraphrased from their 2012 brochure, Digital Literacy & Citizenship in a Connected Culture, are:

  1. Don’t be afraid.. Our kids adopt technologies faster than we do. That means they’re often way out in front of us. This fact can upset the parent-child relationship. So get in the game.  Have your kids show you how to do something online that you don’t know.
  1. Share wisdom. Kids often don’t understand the implications of their actions – but parents do.  We teach kids to choose their words carefully, play nicely with others, and respect their teachers. Now we have to extend our basic parenting wisdom to the digital world.
  1. Pass along your values. One of the most important jobs of parenting is instilling in your kids the values you cherish. But in a digital world, actions are often divorced from consequences; kids can be anonymous, and kids aren’t face to face with the people they communicate with.  Your family values apply to the digital world also, so pass them along.

When you search online for “internet safety”, you’ll find many wonderful resources to help you learn how to help your child stay safe.  Start learning at Common Sense Media and at Stay Safe Online.

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[Advice video] Smart Screen Time Tips

Here is another gem from the folks at Common Sense Media. Whether it’s mastering math or practicing social skills, today’s screens can teach important lessons. Get tips on how to make the most of your kids’ screen time.

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 In addition to the the coding site mentioned, many of our schools use Hopscotch to teach coding on iPads.

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Parents and Guardians, what do YOU want to learn?

We encourage parents and guardians to learn with the iPad too.


Learning is fun and easy with Khan Academy videos. Do you want to learn about computer programming, macroeconomics, algebra, or prehistoric art?  Instructional videos teach you these topics and more.  Create a free account and start learning yourself or consider creating a Parent account and help your child learn.

If you want to learn another language, it’s free and easy with  Use the duolingo app or use the Safari browser on the iPad to go to the website.  Choose the language you speak and the language you want to learn, go at your own pace, unlock the next level as you go.  It’s fun! Create a free account and start practicing.

Want to hear some interesting experts talk about a topic of your choice?  Try TED Talks – some are entertaining, some are controversial, and all are high quality and thought-provoking.

Are you interested in New Bionic Limbs, or Pollination, or Why Thinking You’re Ugly is Bad for You?  Search topics or listen to the current Most Popular talks on TED.

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Screen Time and Springtime

As spring arrives, the days get longer and the weather gets nicer. Kids are outside playing baseball or basketball, riding bikes or skateboards, just being outside with friends.

But wait!

Your kid is still on their iPad or other device watching YouTube or scrolling through Instagram or raiding villages in Clash of Clans.

Here are two ways to get your kids to have less screen time and more spring time.




 encourages kids to discover new skills, meet friends, and be awesome. provides resources to over 120 different skills in over 12 different categories for kids to explore. Think of the badges like scout badges, kids learn about a topic by watching different project videos. They choose three projects to complete and post a video or image about what they did to complete it. The community of kids provides feedback and helps answers questions. After they post three projects on a skill they earn a badge, or they can earn Master Skill level by completing six projects on a specific skill.

DIY Badges

What I liked best as a parent
  • It’s Free!
  • It’s Private and Safe!
  • Kids learning and sharing with other kids
  • Projects are thoughtful and fun
  • It provides new skills to explore



Caine’s Arcade

Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation in his dad’s auto part business where he let his imagination motivate him as he created an elaborate cardboard arcade. He worked all summer creating games and waiting for customers. Then on the last day of summer vacation his first customer walked in a bought a Fun Pass. Watch Caine’s story unfold.

Caine's Arcade

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 Caine’s story helped launch the Global Cardboard Challenge and the Imagination Foundation that focus on fostering and celebrating children’s creativity and lets children explore their interests and passions.


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