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Have an iPad Question or Problem?

Once students have their iPads, Ms. Powers and our LAUSD support team will be our Mobile Device Manager. Ms. Powers should be your first contact if you have issues regarding your child's iPad.

You can phone Ms. Powers at school or click the envelope icon below to send her a message.

Mobile Device Manager
Contact Mary K. Powers  Mary K. Powers Assistant Principal

iPad General Information

Each Palms student is issued an iPad tablet computer, for which they are responsible.

Palms has acquired or makes use of subject-specific software and resources matching a teacher's curriculum. Some teachers use the StudySync digital literacy curriculum, the Nearpod digital citizenship curriculum, or interactive content from IXL.

Students bring their iPads to school daily, and teachers make iPads active components of learning.

Palms also offers guidelines for parents. See the Digital Citizenship page.

Answers to Your iPad Questions

See our iPad FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for the following:

  • General questions and answers
  • Questions and answers about iPad safety
  • Questions and answers about Apple IDs

If your question isn't answered there, contact Palms and we'll get you an answer.

iPad History at Palms

Palms has had iPad tablet computers in classrooms since 2011, starting with a few classroom sets that had to be shared.

2013-2014

Palms was selected as one of 47 LAUSD schools to receive iPads in one phase of an all-district iPad program, which was later reduced in scope. Teachers were issued iPads and given professional development. All students were issued iPads in March 2014. Read the letter from the Principal in English or Spanish. The iPads were used for the Common Core Field Test in March and April 2014, after some practice sessions in the preceding weeks. iPads were collected before the end of the school year.

2014-2015

iPads were not used with the teaching curriculum. Instead, iPads were re-distributed to students in February 2015. In Spring 2015 they were again used with the Common Core Field Test, with portable keyboards. Because test-taking methods had not yet been sufficiently tested, the Spring 2014 and Spring 2015 test results were not used to rate or rank schools. Also in this school year, teachers each received an Apple TV media device for their classroom.

2015-2016

iPads were distributed to all Palms students in the Fall semester, after the school's technology plan was approved by the Superintendent. Teachers and students used the iPads as active components of learning. Palms gained much experience with the software that was tested or used.

2016 to Present

iPads were distributed to all Palms students in September. Students brought them to school each day and took them home each night, using them for classwork and homework and learning how to use them and take care of them responsibly.

iPads in a classroom

Required Forms for Parents

Before students are issued iPads, parents have two forms to read, sign, and return. Once the forms are on file, Apple and LAUSD can issue an iPad and an Apple ID to the student, for use of Apple services. Whether or not the student can take his or her iPad home depends on their parent's decision to "opt-in" or "opt-out".

Parents who want their child to be able to take their iPad home with them (the recommended choice):

Fill out and return the Parent and Student Notification Form and the Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement (Devices Go Home) Form. Return them to Ms. Powers in the Main office.

Download these 2 forms

When teachers give students homework that uses iPads, your child will bring his or her iPad home.

Parents who do not want their child to be able to take their iPad home with them:

Fill out and return the Parent and Student Notification Form and the Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement (Devices Stay at School) Form. Return them to Ms. Powers in the Main office.

Download these 2 forms

When teachers give students homework that uses iPads, your child will be given printed homework materials in lieu of using their iPad at home. This is your choice, but be aware that many parents who are initially reluctant to let their student use an iPad at home have subsequently changed their minds. That's why we encourage parents to "opt-in" rather than "opt-out".

If you don't return the forms, your child will not be able to use an iPad at school or at home.

Note: The Apple form named Parent Privacy Disclosure and Consent Form is no longer required, but you can still read the Apple ID For Students Parent Privacy Disclosure in English and Spanish.

If you have questions about these forms, please read our iPad FAQ page and/or ask our Mobile Device Manager (see left column).