Originally Posted by lkrupp
Best evidence yet that this technology has no place being issued to every student. Keep a lid on it in the school lab. Not so much because it doesn't have a legitimate use but because the little bastards can't be trusted. And their parents are probably no better. Old dad probably would be on xhamster.com with the kid's iPad.
This is not a "computer" that's being used to teach computer programming, but a tool that presumably is being used throughout the day. It doesn't just belong in a "computer lab". That's thinking from 30 years ago.
Originally Posted by WelshDog
One thing that is interesting about this program is each kid will also have an Apple ID. There is another big source of potential trouble for the district and Apple.
Originally Posted by sflocal
"Complaints"?? I'll fix that. Go buy your own f#!king iPad then. You're given one (technically for free for school use) and suddenly they feel they should do what they want with it?
If I were their age, I'd probably do the same thing and hack it simply because of my curiosity and challenge. However, I'd expect them to clamp down on it if word got out. It's an expectation simply because... it's not mine!!
During the school day, I think the students should be restricted. You don't want them using Facebook or watching YouTube videos when they're supposed to be paying attention to a lesson. But I don't understand restricting the devices when they're not in school because most of the students probably have other devices at home anyway where they can access anything they want anyway.
If this were elementary or junior high school, I could understand the concerns. But these are high school students and some of those seniors may even already be 18. Instead of restricting the use of these devices, the school system should be teaching kids how to use them responsibly. The kids should be taught about the dangers of putting too much personal information out there, the dangers of "sexting", how anything you say or do online can haunt you for the rest of your life, the effects of online bullying, etc. They should have to take an exam on those issues and only then be issued a machine. And they should take the machines away (at least for a time) from anyone who violates the account or security restrictions on the machines.
Originally Posted by rob53
The blame is on the IT managers not the students. Proper configuration of an MDM system would have kept them out. The MDM has a separate admin password for all system changes. This is inexcusable. I'd bet the IT managers and techs (if they had any) never read the manuals.
That's probably the case. I bet this was about "oh, we'll get the kids iPads and then they'll have technical knowledge and will be able to get good jobs later in life." The idiots at the Bd of Ed who decided to do this probably don't understand the difference between designing a device or creating an application and using apps on the device. If a student doesn't do any studying or preparation in the non-virtual world, they're not going to do any in the online world either.