Special Education Weekly Update

December 2, 2015

iPads

As many of you already know, I have gone around the district to reformat iPads/iPods that are owned by the District and being used for special education students. There are many reasons for this initiative.

  • All devices are now supervised by me using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) system. This allows a teacher to make an app request and for me to remotely deliver the app to that device.

  • Devices in an Education or Business environment require a separate license to be purchased for each device. If you own a iPhone/iPod/iPad at home you may know that if you purchase an app you can put that app on each device you own. In a school you cannot. That is a violation of end user licensing agreements. This new procedure keeps the District compliant with licensing regulations.

  • By using a MDM we can inventory the devices in use, the apps that have been purchased and deployed, revoke apps on a device and install it on another device, and install restriction profiles for added security. This is all done remotely by me.

  • Restriction profiles help secure the device against objectionable content, app deletion, and from a user taking over the device with an Apple ID.

I realize this sounds incredibly boring and it is. Believe it or not I tried to tone it down. I hope that as time goes on you will see the benefits of this new method. Now you need to know how you get an app on your iPads. A Google Form has been added to the District website under the SCS Portal for Staff Resources. All you need to do is fill out the Google Form and the app will appear on your device anywhere from 3 minutes to 3 days. Lastly, if there is a need for an iPad/iPod for a student with a disability or in a resource room, please contact Andy before taking action. Any and all Apple device purchases need to take place through Andy as he is the only designated approved purchaser through Apple. Any questions, concerns, or comments need to be directed to Andy. Thank you!

Testing Accessibility Manual

We released the Ohio Testing Accessibility Manual in the October 14th edition of the Weekly Update however as testing hits questions are surfacing. This manual is thorough and building administrators and case managers need to use it as a first reference point to answer questions related to testing accessibility. If you have questions after referencing this document please include the page number from where you need the clarification. This will assist greatly in our ability to quickly and accurately assist you. Thank you!

Fundraising for the Stephanie Scholtz Scholarship

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be gift wrapping at Southpark Mall to raise money for the Stephanie Scholtz Scholarship. This scholarship is given to graduating Strongsville High School Seniors who receive special education services.

Please stop by the gift wrapping station on the second floor outside of JC Penney to have your holiday gifts wrap and make a donation for the Stephanie Scholtz Scholarships.

SEAC will be gift wrapping on the following dates and times:

Thurs. Dec. 3, 6-9 pm

Sat. Dec 5, 3-6 pm

Sat. Dec, 12, noon-3 pm

Mon. Dec 14, 4-7 pm

Sat. Dec 19, 10 am-1 pm

Mon Dec 21, 4-7 pm

Tues. Dec 22, 1-4 pm

Thurs. Dec 24, 9 am-noon

We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support!

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