GCS iPad Update

November 2014

FUSE Math App

If your son or daughter is taking Algebra 1, Geometry, or Algebra 2, they are using the HMH FUSE app.


This app is so much more than a traditional math textbook. These apps have videos and other extra tools that can serve as your very own personal tutor.


Please take 14 minutes and watch the video below.

FUSE Math Apps

Watch Over Me

Watch Over Me, describes itself as a personal safety app. It was created by a woman who realized after she mugged that traditional panic button apps were inefficient.


Watch Over Me allows the user to create an emergency contact list. When initiated, the app tracks the user's location until the user checks in safely. For example, you start the app at the outset of a run. You set an approximate end time, and if you do not check-in on time, the app contacts your emergency contact list with information that would help to locate you.


For more information, CLICK HERE.

Marvel at God's Creation

Colosians 1:16 -- For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through him and for him. (ESV)


Take some time to enjoy these pictures from the Smithsonian's Wilderness Forever Photo Contest. You will be amazed at beauty of His creattion.


Smithsonian Wilderness Forever Photo Contest

Find My iPhone App

We still have students who have not installed the Find My iPhone app on their iPads. So far this year, every time an iPad has gone missing, the iPad was accidentally picked up by someone else and placed in a backpack.


There is an easy solution to this problem. I have asked everyone to install the Find My iPhone app on their iPads AND activate it. The Find My iPhone app allows us to locate a missing iPad on a map using GPS or have the iPad play a loud sound. Playing a sound is the key. It saves time and usually gets the iPad back to the owner faster.


Activating the app is the key, and activating the app is easy. First, you will need an iCloud account. Go to Settings and turn-on iCloud.


Once the Find My iPhone app is installed, tap the main Settings icon, then choose iCloud. Enter your Apple ID. Once signed into iCloud look to the bottom of the iCloud menu, turn the Find my iPhone app on.


If you have any questions about whether or not the app is installed an activated on your son or daughter’s iPad, just send them to the Jontra Jenius Bar before school and I’ll be glad to take a look.

Resource for Students

I'm sharing this information with you so that if your student panics late at night you will have a place to go for help.


First, I have tried to put all of our iPad resources on a web site. This is always a good place to start. Click here to visit GCS iPad Central.


Here's a link to the video I created explaining how to use Notability, our notetaking app, and eBackpack, click here.

Look at the iPad

Please take time this week to sit down with your son or daughter and look at the camera roll on the iPad.

Christina Jontra

Director of Digital Learning

Grace Community School

Previous iPad Updates

September 2014 - Click Here

January 2014 - Click Here

November 5, 2013 - Click Here

August 26, 2013 - Click Here

August 12, 2013 - Click Here

September 27, 2013 - Click Here

eBackpack Tutorial - Click Here