September 25, 2013
Dear Parents of Grade 4 & 5 students,
Welcome back from Chuseok break! We are excited to move into this...
Below is the timeline we are following:
Wednesday, October 2
Parent meeting about iPad program and purchases
Friday, Octob...
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2013-2014 GSIS iPad Parent Sessions

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  1. 1. September 25, 2013 Dear Parents of Grade 4 & 5 students, Welcome back from Chuseok break! We are excited to move into this new stage of our learning journey with your child and are thrilled to have iPads as a tool to enhance our curriculum and your child's learning. In the next few weeks, we will be familiarizing parents and students with the specifics of our iPad program. We will offer several different parent sessions, some for parents alone and some for parents and students to attend together. We will be providing details of the ordering process and making those order forms available to you quite soon as our timetable requires iPad orders to be placed by Friday, October 11. To meet this deadline, we will have our first parent session next Wednesday night, October 2, at 6:00pm in the Elementary Library, for all fourth and fifth grade parents. (FYI: Fifth grade parents will have another meeting at 7 pm this evening regarding language classes for middle school.) At this session, we will give you the necessary information for ordering your iPads from our supplier. Students will be required to have a new iPad mini with a minimum of 32 GB of storage. New iPad minis will come with Apple’s latest iOS7 installed. New Apple devices also are eligible to download Apple’s iWork suite of Pages, Keynote and Numbers; as well as Apple’s iLife suite of iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band; for free. Although parents will be purchasing the iPads and apps, GSIS will install a number of free apps for student use. Of course, this iPad is a family-owned device, so you are free to purchase additional apps for your child’s use as you see fit. Students will have the ability to personalize their iPad through your family iTunes account. As a partner in your child's education, we recommend that you create a US based family iTunes account. If you already have an account through which you can access the US iTunes store, then this is not something you need to concern yourself with. If, however, you do not have a US iTunes account, we will help you set one up during our information session on October 2. We will also have several afternoons where parents can come to the Tech Department for assistance in setting up this account. We do realize that some of your children may already have iTunes accounts or, if not, that they may tell you they are able to set them up on their own. Because this is a family-owned device for educational use, GSIS feels it is important that the parents are ultimately in charge of the iPad. Because of this, parents should create the account.
  2. 2. Below is the timeline we are following: Wednesday, October 2 Parent meeting about iPad program and purchases Friday, October 11 All orders for iPads should be placed October 11 through October 28 Parent Exploration sessions to come and “play” with the devices Monday, October 28 GSIS Tech Department begins setting up iPads Monday, November 4 iPads are in the classrooms Friday, December 13 iPads are sent home with students And on a final note: we’re very excited your children will be participating in this engaging experience. We are looking forward to embarking on this new adventure with you. Please contact Mrs. Montgomery or Mr. Anderson with any further questions you may have and we’ll see you on Oct. 2nd at 6 pm in the Elementary Library. Sincerely, Robin Montgomery Media Integration Specialist montgomeryr@gsis.sc.kr 031-695-2913 Daniel Anderson Elementary Principal andersond@gsis.sc.kr 031-695-2882

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