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Receiving District Core Apps on Your iPad
SDW has transitioned to a new method of delivering district supplied Core Apps.  Core Apps are applications that are purchased by the district and supplied for every iPad.  

Previously Core Apps were delivered through an icon on the iPad called Self Service.  This allowed the ipad user to download a Core App when they wanted it. 

The new method of Core App delivery is called MANAGED DISTRIBUTION.  This method allows SDW district staff to publish Core Apps to a users iPad and when the user accepts the distribution the apps will install automatically.  To be able to receive these Core Apps you must setup your iPad properly.  The directions linked here will walk you through the process to receive district core apps on your iPad. Please complete this process as soon as you receive the invite on your iPad.

Setting Restrictions on the iPad
Offering Just the Right Level of Access
Every parent/guardian has a different view about what is appropriate and acceptable related to 

the use of technology.  A one-size-fits-all approach is not responsive to those varying views and beliefs.

In a self-manage model, which is what the School District of Waukesha employs with its 1:1 deployment of iPads, parents/guardians have more freedom than ever before to provide just the right level of access to apps and Internet resources on the student's iPad.  This is through the use of the Restrictions options available on the iPad.  One key advantage to setting Restrictions on the device is that the restrictions will be in place no matter where the student uses the d
evice: at home, a friend's house, at school, etc.

We've developed a series of tutorial videos that will assist parents in setting up these restrictions on the iPad.  Prior to viewing the videos, we want to be very clear on one element.  Restrictions passcodes, if lost or forgotten, cannot be reset by the district.  As a result, the device needs to be completely cleared and data can be lost if it is not properly backed up using iCloud.  We STRONGLY encourage you to write down the Restrictions passcode when you set it to avoid this issue arising for your son/daughter.

Tutorial Video:  Setting Restrictions on the iPad -
In this video users will learn how to set a wide variety of restrictions on the iPad.  

Having trouble with misuse of a specific app on the iPad?
  1.     Delete the application from the device (press and hold until the apps wiggle and then click "x" on the app).
  2.     Follow instructions in video (above) to turn off "Installing Apps" in the Restrictions setting
  3.     Maintain the passcode for Restrictions privately so the child cannot re-install the specific app

Tutorial Video: Setting Parent Defined Web Filters on the iPad -
Taking the restrictions one step further, users will learn the different web filter settings that can be configured on the iPad.

Tutorial Video: Locking an Account and Restricting iMessage on the iPad -
Learn to lock accounts on the iPad and to turn off services like iMessage.
Additional parent information on apps, restrictions and iCloud available here -
    Aquí hay disponible información adicional para padres sobre las aplicaciones, restricciones e iCloud.

Important Message Regarding Existing iPad Restrictions to Parents and Staff:

In an effort to keep unwanted Restrictions at bay, some students have set Restrictions on their own device.  These restrictions tend to be very liberal and may only serve to restrict parents or teachers from setting more stringent Restrictions, which is exactly why some students are self-imposing them.

As a parent, if you wish to set Restrictions on the iPad and find that they are already set:
1) Contact an administrator at your child's school to determine if they have knowingly set any Restrictions on the iPad.  If so, you can discuss as a team what the appropriate device Restrictions should be to suit the child's and family's needs.

2) If the administrator has not set the Restrictions, the next step will be to connect with the point person in your child's school (the administrator should be able to assist in determining who that is) to determine how to unlock the Restrictions code and to properly reset the code so only the essential adults are aware of that Restrictions code.
Restrictions will most likely be able to be unlocked electronically using the district's management software.  The Restrictions code can be reset so only the essential adults are aware of that code.

Your student's Apple ID
    An Apple ID is a username that allows access to all of Apple's services (app store, iTunes store, iCloud, etc.).  Students must have their own Apple ID in order to self manage their iPad.  Parents will play an important role in the creation of their student's Apple ID.  For children under the age of 13, parents must create the child's Apple ID.  It is highly recommended that parents at least supervise the creation of Apple IDs for older students.  This is your child's "professional Apple ID" (linked to their school district gmail account) and will be with them their entire career in the School District of Waukesha.  

    Parents should know the username and password for their child's Apple ID account and should monitor that account to insure the 
Image courtesy of Teerapun / FreeDigitalPhotos.netapps your child downloads meet with your approval.  Please rest assured that your child's teachers will be your partner in taking an active role to educate and monitor students in the appropriate use of this technology.

Creating an Apple ID without a credit card for students:
It is possible to create an Apple ID without using a credit card or having a credit card on file with Apple.  To do so, please carefully follow the instructions below.

Follow directions in link above to remove a credit card from iTunes or the App Store if required to verify an Apple ID for use on the iPad.

Additional Parent Information from Apple regarding your child's iPad.

Forgot the Passcode?

The article linked here will give you information on how to reset the iPad. Best practices are to always record the passcode selected somewhere you will be able to find it.  If you have a backup of the iPad in iTunes you may be able to reset the passcode from there. Having iCloud backup on will hold student work so that if the device must be reset/restored, the student's work is still available. You must know the AppleID username (student's email) and password (selected at AppleID setup) in order to access the backup at

Internet Safety
Internet Safety  Tutorial
Internet Safety is critical knowledge that will help our students to be safer online in an increasingly connected, Internet-reliant world.  These tutorials are a great conversation starter for more deeply exploring what it means to be safe online.

Adding Internet Filtering to Your Home
Many internet service providers have content filtering available on their service. Most also have directions for setting up your routers to provide content filtering. Be sure to check whether the filtering works only on connected devices or is available for wireless devices. It is also important to check which type of devices are being filtered. Contact your ISP or visit their website for more information. 

One site that offers free filtering for home users is Open DNS. Their filtering works on a majority of devices, connected or wireless, including the iPad.

The video linked below demonstrates the power and ease of use for Open DNS.