End Mandatory Standarized iPads at DSA High School

End Mandatory Standarized iPads at DSA High School

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Anonymous 1 started this petition to Students at Divine Savior Academy

Ever since I started at DSA, they gave me a standardized iPad. Logical right? At first I agreed to it. They determined what apps were distributed. We did not have access to the app store, messages, phone. It did not matter much. Over time it progressively got worse. Teachers would review what we did on other classes and screen record what was being done when we weren’t in that certain period. They would go through our camera rolls randomly and issue out tech violations (taking away iPad and issuing a paper that you had to sign), which would not allow us to work on what was being done in class. People put personal wallpapers but they later took it out because it was too goofy. Some teachers would even go as far as to search our Safari or Google Chrome and look through our search history. These iPads were issued to the middle school, but now they’re being issued to the high school starting next year. Our tuition is already expensive and the iPad is an extra expense that is mandatory. The administration in our school does not take into consideration people who are already paying a lot of money to attend this school. Yes, the teacher that sent out the email did state that they considered paying it over the course of 4 years for $300 a year instead of in one sitting. This wouldn’t bother the students if all the problems I previously mentioned hadn’t occurred. Rather, instead of enforcing the mandatory iPads for high schools students, the teachers should use Apple Classroom during class which they already have access to. Another solution than to give out mandatory iPads would be to send out surveys to parents, asking whether they’re child should be given a school-issued iPad or not. The iPads are always overpriced. Teachers have a voice, but students should have a voice too.

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