IPad Use

Albrecht Elementary School 
Mobile iPad Cart Guidelines

The focus of our iPad cart is to provide tools and resources to the 21st Century Learner. Excellence in education requires that technology be seamlessly integrated throughout our educational program. Increasing access to technology is essential for that future, and one of the learning tools of these 21st century learners is the iPad. The use of iPads is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential; this immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. Effective teaching and learning with iPads integrates technology into the curriculum, but new technology is only half the journey to empower these students. Teachers need to redefine their lessons and practice with new technology in mind. What are the goals you have for you and your students with the use of iPads? What can you do in your classroom with these devices that you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise?

Mobile iPad Cart Usage

  • The iPad cart is a mobile lab available for classroom usage.
  • The mobile cart will be checked out to a classroom teacher as a unit; not as individual units or for small groups.
  • The teacher will have the responsibility for pick up and return of the cart to the library office, the iPad cart will be returned to the library office by 3:00pm every day. No exceptions.
  • The last teacher of the day using the iPad cart will be responsible for making sure all iPads are placed on the cart in number order, facing the same direction, and plugged in for syncing at the end of the day.
  • The classroom teacher is responsible for communicating the iPad cart guidelines to students so that the students understand and follow the rules for iPad use in the classroom. Teachers should ensure students “shut down” apps by hitting the home button twice and then depressing the small red circles at the corner of each app.

Fair Use

  • Reservations must be made on the calendar.
  • In order to allow all classrooms equal time teachers will not be allowed to check out for more than two hours a day. 


  • Teachers and students will not add or delete apps to any iPads on the mobile cart.
  • Personal iTunes accounts may not be used to add apps to the iPads.
  • When monitoring students, make sure that they do not add or delete apps.


Teacher’s Role

  • Since the cart is being shared among all the teachers in the building, the school will provide a sign out system to schedule the cart. It is essential that you monitor and keep to the schedule.
  • Teachers (not students) are responsible for the iPad cart: moving the cart, recharging, and making sure all iPads are returned to the library office by 3:00 pm every day. If the office is shut the teacher is responsible for finding a janitor to unlock the office and then making sure the door is locked after iPad cart is plugged in and charging.
  • When returning iPads to the cart, please ensure that all iPads are plugged in all the way. There is a correct way to plug them to the charger cable.
  • When you are done with the iPad cart you are responsible for getting it back to the library office so the next teacher will be able to pick it up.
  • Do not leave the cart unattended in your classroom. If you are leaving your classroom you must lock your classroom door!!
  • Please use the “iPad Classroom Use” form to record each student and the iPad he/she uses. This form will be in the cart in a binder with your name on it.
  • Each classroom will have a protocol in place for distribution and collection of the iPad to students in order to ensure accountability.
  • Teachers need to monitor student use on the iPad. The district has synchronized the iPads so they all contain the same apps. Students and teachers will not synchronize iPads or add apps to any iPads, to include home synching accounts.
  • Prepare backup lesson plans in case the network is down or if the iPads need repair or updating.
  • Teachers are responsible for conveying proper iPad usage to students and establish consequences when proper use is not adhered to. 
  • Please go over the cart and iPad rules the first few times with your classes prior to using them.
  • Substitute teachers will not be allowed to check out the iPad cart. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Teacher iPad use will be in accordance with the school district’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). 

Student’s Role

  • Respect the technology that you are being allowed to use.
  • Student iPad use will be in accordance with the School District of Brodhead’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
  • Students will be assigned a number to a specific iPad, and they must always use that corresponding number on the iPad. Students will not swap iPads with other students, as they are accountable for the iPad assigned to them.
  • All iPads must be returned to the appropriately numbered slot. When returning to cart please ensure that all iPads are plugged in the right way.  The charging cord goes in only one way.
  • The iPad is for use as a tool for learning and must be handled with care.
  • Students will make sure hands are clean before use.
  • Student use of the iPad is a privilege, not a right. The privilege can be revoked.
  • Students may only use the iPad for school purposes-teacher directed activities and must adhere to all regulations outlined in the District’s AUP.
  • The classroom teacher will first handle improper use of the iPad, and if necessary infractions will be referred to the principal or local law enforcement.
  • Misuse of iPads in anyway will result in removal of computer privileges. This includes, using the iPads for non-school purposes, defacing or damaging in anyway, including, but not limited to: scratches, dents, removing cases or screens savers, cables, etc…..

Rules: Respectful, Responsible and Ethical Use and Care of iPads

  • Follow normal school rules-no running, fighting, pushing, shoving, etc…around an iPad.
  • No food or drinks near the iPads and make sure hands are clean.
  • Set iPad flat on your lap (not on paper or other materials).  Sit at your table spot or desk, not the floor.
  • Number of iPad should match your student number.
  • Do not take iPad out of classroom.
  • If student needs to leave room, iPad is to be put on a “SAFE” table.
  • Carry with two hands. Be sure that students use both hands when carrying the iPad. If a student has something to show teacher, raise your hand and teacher will come to you.
  • Do not remove the iPad case.
  • No pencils, pens, etc…. should touch the screen. The iPad screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen. Type gently on the screen.
  • Heavy objects should never be placed or stacked on top of the iPad. Do not insert things into openings of the iPad.
  • Do not change any settings on the iPad and only use the apps/programs provided or assigned by your teacher.
  • When storing iPads in the cart make sure the iPad number matches the number in the cart’s slot and the power adapter is plugged in properly if you are the last class using the iPad cart.
  • iPads do not need to be plugged in after each class. Keep an eye on the battery and plug in as needed for charging. They will all get charged at the end of the day.
  • Report if an iPad is in need of repair immediately to the Librarian. 

Printing Guidelines 

The following points are designed to maximize the efficiency of the printing process.

  • All printing must be supervised by a teacher.
  • Use print preview at all times before printing, make sure you are sending the printing to the correct printer.
  • Submit the PRINT command only once to avoid printing multiple copies of documents. Allow adequate time before resending a print job.
  • Notify teacher/librarian immediately of any technical problems.
  • Avoid using any printer for more than one copy of anything. (Use the photocopier in lounge.)
  • Avoid pages with solid colored backgrounds; instead use colored paper instead.
  • Should you have any questions about printing preferences, please ask before printing.

Remember…iPads are a learning tool. Please treat them with respect!