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New iPad restrictions put into effect for incoming freshman

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By Ryan Kupperman, executive news editor 
Incoming freshmen for the 2017-2018 school year will have severe iPad restrictions compared to the current freshmen and the rest of the school. The freshmen will be enrolled in a Schoology course that they will have to complete as the year goes along to get these restrictions slowly lifted, but how they complete it is still undetermined. By sophomore year, the restrictions should be completely lifted.
However, according to Teaching and Learning Facilitator Matt Hamilton, it is not fully decided what will be restricted. An email sent out to all the teachers states that  Game Center, AirDrop, in-app purchases, Apple Music/Radio, Siri, and iMessage will not be accessible on the iPad. In addition, Apple ID can only be used for updates and backups; the App Store will be disabled and students will only be able to use Self Service to download apps. iTunes will also be disabled, and Bluetooth will be locked in the “on” position. The device name will be set to the serial number and cannot be changed, and students will not be able to change their wallpaper.
Hamilton confirmed that the school will have more figured out by the end of the summer and “nothing is definite as of yet.”
Also according to Hamilton, the decision to restrict freshmen on the use of their iPads is result of parent and staff feedback to make students earn their “digital citizenship and digital literacy.”  
The current Prospect student body is not affected by these changes, but most current freshmen sympathize for the incoming freshmen because of the amount of non-school work they do on their iPads daily.   
Freshman Bobby Tortorello is one of these sympathizers. Tortorello reports that he uses his iPad for non-school purposes at least every day for such things like playing games and constantly downloading something from the App Store. Because of how Tortorello spends time on his iPad, he is able to put himself in the place of an incoming freshman.
“I wouldn’t be able to have any fun on my iPad,” Tortorello said. “It would be boring… doing only school work.”
Freshman Mia Kowalczuk says she uses non-schoolwork apps every day after school and feels there should not be any restrictions. She also says she needs certain apps for her school work, such as iTunes, Google Docs, Google Slides, the Infinite Campus app, and Spark Notes.
“I would be mad, because what if you are out of school and you wanted to do something else on your iPad besides just schoolwork?” Kowalczuk said.
Although students do not agree with the limiting of their iPad functions, parents and staff through district 214 believe it will help teach students proper iPad use during the school day.
An email sent from Hamilton states, “We hope this course will provide a uniform process for the induction of students into districts 214’s [one on one] program.”

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    Charles JanischAug 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Hello, my name is Charles Janisch and I am a student at PHS. Here is my opinion on the matter.
    This is, for the most part, a good idea, yet the Prospect administration has stated before that they would let these things be accessed and let the students “make their own beds to lie in.” If these things are banned, what about later life? Students job’s will probably not restrict digital privileges, so if we block them students will probably spend their future work hours playing games and using social media. We need to teach them to function and work diligently with the access to distractions so they can be prepared do their jobs in future life without needing additional prevention from these distractions other than the ones they create in their minds, because additional measures may not be available. In other words, if a child is learning without access to a distraction, they will probably follow the distraction in later life when there is no prevention from distraction. But if a child is taught with distractions, it is possible for them to learn how to do their work diligently without needing to pursue the distraction. And then in the future, the children will work diligently without pursuing the distraction in the same way.

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