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MBMS 1:1 iPad Program

MBMS 1:1 iPad Program

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the iPad 1:1 Program at MBMS and what is the District’s rationale for doing it?


In the 2012-13 school year, MBMS adopted a 1:1 iPad Program. Students use

the iPad both at school and at home. One of the goals of the MBUSD Board of Trustees for

is to promote 21st century teaching and learning in the classroom. 

There are many ways to bring in creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication

in the classroom, but MBUSD believes that placing mobile technology in the hands of highly

professional teachers and in the hands of students eager to learn is an amazing way to promote

21st century teaching and learning. In the last few years, MBUSD has gone from a district

fraught with technology issues to one of the leading districts in the nation.


2. What research went into this program before it was implemented?


In the 2011-12 school year, the MBUSD Board of Trustees initiated an iPad Pilot. Forty

teachers across grades K-12 were trained to use iPads in the classroom and had access to

iPad carts for classroom use. The district collected data (Board presentations are posted on the

MBUSD website) from teachers, parents and students regarding the pilot, and the data proved

to be extraordinarily positive. After examining the data, the Board made the determination

to move ahead with a full 1:1 implementation at grades 6-8, and to provide every fifth grade

classroom with iPad access.


3. Who pays for the iPads?


All was accomplished through the generous funding from our Manhattan Beach Education

Foundation, Parent Teacher Association, our partnership with Chevron, and so many of our

MBMS families. All teacher training is funded through Title II, a federal funding category for

professional development.


4. What if my student is missing district approved Apps?


Technology support is on campus and ensures all district Apps are downloaded

and installed successfully. Students may visit the iPad office for assistance.


District Approved Apps











PowerSchool Student

Creative Book Builder


Google Apps

Khan Academy

AT&T Scanner

Adobe Photoshop Express


Show Me



8. How do teachers use iPads in the classroom?


Program implementation will vary from teacher to teacher. All teachers determine how use of the iPad

bests meets the instructional delivery needs of state standards curriculum. 


9. What is eBackpack?


This is your student’s digital locker. Teachers are able to upload worksheets, notes, study

guides and other resources that will support student learning. In some cases, your child’s

teacher may choose to have digital, paperless exchange for various assignments. eBackpack

is a program where students can save their work and access it directly from the following

website: (Please note: there is no www).


10. Will I be able to access my student’s eBackpack account?


eBackpack is a new program to the district. At this point, only the students can access the

account. Parents can obtain the password to the account from students in order to view all work

in the account.


11. Will the Parent Portal in eBackpack be available?


Using the parent portal only gives parents a limited view. The student portal offers the most

accurate and complete view. The district recommends that you obtain the eBackpack password

from your student and sign in that way.


12. Do I still need to use PowerSchool?


Yes, this site is still your parent portal to your child’s grades. 


13. How should students take notes on the iPad?


We have several recommended ways to take notes:

1. Students can use the “Pages” App, which is like Microsoft Word to type notes. They can

save the Pages App to their iPad, as well as save it to their eBackpack Account.

2. Students can use the “Notability” App to type notes, take handwritten notes (good for

math or drawings) or to mark up and comment on PDF files or handouts. Notabillity and

eBackpack are compatible for file saving.

3. Students can also use the “Evernote” App. This requires an email address and the

school is not requiring one at this time. This is a cloud-based note-taking App that

automatically saves and stores all notes, pictures, audio recordings and more.


14. What are some of the ways that the iPad can be used in class?


● All student presentations can be recorded via video so that parents and students can

review it later. The students’ video can be stored in eBackpack in the digital portfolio.

● Student’s are using the Calendar App to enter in all assignments for the various middle

school classes.

● Students are using a variety of note taking Apps on their iPads. These notes can be

uploaded in their eBackpack.

● iMovie gives students the opportunity to use media for creative presentation of content.

● Edmodo gives teachers the opportunity to extend student discussion beyond class time

and offers a safe, monitored space for student learning.

● Instant feedback for teachers in order to check for student understanding using Apss

such as Socrative/Poll everywhere/Edmodo.

● Khan academy offers differentiated instruction for both reinforcement and enrichment.

● Students will learn and practice how to give presentations using Keynote, ShowMe, and

Educreations providing another forum for teacher assessment.

● Students have the opportunity to practice careful browsing skills and real time problem

solving skills and answers to questions.

● And many more to come!