GCS iPad Update

News for the week of December 3, 2012

Survey Says . . .

We are slowly making our way through the iPad survey. I hope you've been encouraged by the results you've seen so far. I'm asked all the time how our iPad program is going, and my answer is based on the positive feedback I get from our teachers, the responses you gave on the survey, and the encouraging emails many of you have sent me.


The first item shows that 68% of parents believe the iPad has helped with student learning.


I am most excited by the next item. According to your responses, 70% of you have seen that the iPad has helped to motivated your son or daughter. My thought is that anything that helps to motivates a freshman in a positive direction is a good thing.

Cyber-bullying/Online Safety

Kik Texting App

We have decided that KIK is not an approved app for our iPads. I emailed all of the freshmen earlier today and instructed them to delete the app today. I'll run a report in the morning and talk to any students who have not deleted the app.


My decision to remove KIK from their iPads was made after learning that students are using the app for inappropriate purposes. While there are hundreds of other texting apps, we are not allowing this one because of the company's unwillingness to cooperate with schools.


Statistics show that one in five children is sexually solicited online. We can all agree that is a horrifying statistic. We have to be hyper-vigilant in our effort to keep our kids safe online. I will continue to monitor this at school, but I would also encourage you to look at your son or daughter's iPad and talk about what apps are on it and how they use them.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER


1. Keep the computer/iPad in a high-traffic area.

2. Set time limits.

3. Know how your child is using social media.

3. Know who your child is chatting with online.

4. Know what pictures your child is posting on social media sites.


If you are interested in reading the email I sent to the freshmen, CLICK HERE.

Additional information on internet safety -- CLICK HERE

Previous iPad Updates

iPad Update - October 22, 2012 Click Here

iPad Update - October 29, 2012 Click Here

iPad Update - November 12, 2012 Click Here

iPad Update - November 26, 2012 Click Here