Digital Convergence

   

FAQs

General

Is the district going to provide laptops or tablets?  
Mobile devices will consist of both laptops and tablets. Laptops will be distributed to elementary schools and tablets will be provided to middle and senior high schools.

Which devices will the district be using?
HP 210 G1 and HP Pro Book 11EE notebooks have been deployed to elementary schools and select secondary schools.  HP ElitePad 900 and HP ProTab 10EE tablets will be in use in middle and high schools.

What operating system will be installed in the devices?
All devices will come with Windows 8.1

Will devices have touch screens or keyboards?
All devices will have touch screens and keyboards will be provided as well.

How is the district funding the purchase of the laptops and tablets?
The District has a low-interest $63 million lease agreement from the Banc of America. 

 

Parents/Students

Will every student receive a device to take home?
In middle school, 7th Grade Civics and 8th Grade US History classrooms will have carts of tablets for in school use. In high schools, 9th grade World History students and 10th grade English Language Arts students may check out a district tablet if they are unable to bring their own mobile device to school. 

What is included in the district loaned device?
Students checking out the HP ElitePad 900 will receive the tablet, USB dongle, charger, USB keyboard, and ruggedized case.  Students checking out the HP ProTab 11EE will receive the tablet, keyboard, and charger.

My child checked out a tablet and lost the charger or the tablet was stolen?  Do I have to pay for the cost of the device or the charger?
Yes, parents are responsible for the replacement of lost/stolen devices and accessories. Please see pages 5 and 6 of the Mobile Device Agreement for the replacement costs.

I found a tablet with the etched district logo.  Where do I turn in the device?
Please contact the Instructional technology Department at 305-995-7603 report that you have found district equipment. Equipment can be dropped off at any school after notifying the district.

If you find an M-DCPS device with the district logo, you may turn it in to any M-DCPS school or M-DCPS district office.

Can my child bring his/her own mobile device to school instead of checking a district tablet?
Yes, the District is encouraging students to bring their own device to school to access various digital instructional materials, online curriculum, and resources.  Please see the District’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) site, http://wifi.dadeschools.net, for more details on the minimum specifications.

Can my child charge his/her device at school?
It is expected that students charge their device at home and come to school with a fully charged tablet.  Coming to school with a fully charged tablet is part of being prepared for school.

Is insurance available?
Yes, parents may purchase optional insurance to cover accidental damage and theft.  Please check with your child’s school for information.

Teachers

Are there professional development opportunities on using the mobile device in my classroom?
Professional development was offered throughout the summer. Additional offerings will be available throughout the school year. Check My Learning Plan for dates.

How do I report an issue with the mobile device?
Issues with the mobile device may be reported by submitting a HEAT ticket via HEAT Self-Service.

How do I monitor student devices in my classroom?
The District has purchased licenses for LanSchool, which allows teachers to monitor and control student computer/laptop screens. 

Can the Promethean ActivInspire software be used with a SMART Board?
Yes.  Request that the ActivInspire software be installed on the teacher station in the classroom by submitting a HEAT ticket via HEAT Self-Service.

 

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