TRECA Digital Academy Offers a More Robust Technology Package with the TDA iPhone.
Here, we answer a few of your most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the iPhone and how it can impact your free online education with TRECA Digital Academy.
What is TDA’s vision for the use of iPhones?
To provide all TRECA Digital Academy students with a truly anywhere/anytime school experience with access to learning opportunities and enhanced tools for communication with teachers and staff.
What will students receive?
An iPhone with Unlimited LTE data connection with hotspot enabled.
How will the iPhone impact the equipment already given to students?
Students will still receive equipment as is currently being deployed. The difference is that connectivity provided by TRECA Digital Academy will no longer be driven through netbooks. Students will use the hotspot feature of the iPhone to connect their TDA-issued computer to the Internet and attend school.
Do students have to receive an iPhone to attend TDA? Can parents choose not to take the device?
Students do not need an iPhone to attend TDA and complete their online coursework. As stated in the vision, the iPhone deployment is to enhance access to learning and communication with staff, but it is not required to do so. In the event that a parent chooses to decline receipt of an iPhone, students will be deployed an activated netbook or a laptop with a Verizon USB adapter.
How/when will students receive the iPhones?
Students are issued iPhones along with all their other equipment at their new student orientation.
What happens if a student iPhone is broken/damaged/stolen/lost?
In the event that an iPhone is damaged or malfunctions students can return it to TRECA to explore possible warranty coverage. If issue is covered under warranty, the device will be fixed and returned to student. If the issue is not covered, alternate arrangements for getting student connectivity will be made.
Will students be able to place and receive phone calls from the device?
All TDA issued iPhones will be activated with data only. They will not have active voice plans on them, thus the ability to place and receive phone calls is impossible. The iPhones are an enhancement of the students’ ability to communicate with teachers and staff.
How will students utilize the device to communicate with teachers/staff?
We will leverage the functionality of Apple’s iCloud account to use the Messages application on the phone. This allows students and TDA staff to send text messages back and forth.
Will the iPhone’s Internet browsing be filtered?
Absolutely! All web traffic on the device will be filtered with the same controller used to block sites on all TDA issued equipment.
Will the iPhone hotspot feature allow non-TDA devices to connect to the Internet?
Yes, the hotspot feature creates a personal wifi network that students/families can utilize to connect any devices they choose. It should be noted however, that the more devices connected to the hotspot the weaker/slower the connection.
Will students have the ability to install applications on their iPhones?
Yes, students will have the ability to use the App store to download and install apps of their choosing. Administrator controls on the devices will allow TDA to restrict access to apps that exceed a certain rating (such as those identified explicit). It is essential that everyone understand that TDA is not creating the Apple ID required for students to purchase apps. This is something that parents/guardians will have to decide as it may involve the use of a credit card for purchasing. There will be no requirement from TDA for students to purchase apps, so an active account is not necessary for school purposes.