Mobile Learning

2019–2020 School Year

For information on fees for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact Davina Avilez at

Mobile learning in grades 5th through 8th includes the use of a D39 provided iPad which is issued in the fall and collected in the spring. The same iPad will follow your child during their 4 years with us. Newly issued 5th grade iPads include a keyboard case. We also make available separate hard wired keyboards to use as needed.

Technical Support

For all technical support issues with student iPads, including broken screens, lost or stolen iPads, please email

Mobile Learning Background

In conjunction with recommendations from the Community Review Committee (CRC), the district adopted five Mobile Learning goals in 2012-13.

iPads were successfully piloted with one "house" of Highcrest sixth grade students in the 2013-14 school year. Reports and communications on the development and progression of mobile learning can be found in the district communications section below.

Before expanding to all 6th and 7th graders in 2014-15, the administration carefully analyzed the options for financing mobile learning; a workable plan had to take into account both the taxpayers who fund the schools and the parents who already pay a number of school-related fees.

Mobile Learning FAQ

When are the iPads distributed? All students in 5th grade will receive their iPad in class when school has begun. Homeroom teachers will be distributing iPads for all new and returning students. The specific date for distribution will be communicated in the fall by the school.

Can we use keyboards with the iPad? We will issue out keyboard cases with 5th grade iPads. 6th grade iPads already received them. Students in grades 7th-8th are allowed to bring and use keyboards. Please note that if you choose to replace the District case with a personally purchased keyboard case, the family is responsible for damaged incurred by the case. Each Team at both Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High School will have access to hard wired keyboards that can be borrowed during class time for assignments. 

What is AppleCare+? AppleCare+ is Apple's insurance for accidental damage to the iPads. We purchase AppleCare+ for all district owned iPads. The coverage is for 3 years. You will be invoiced when a repair is needed.

1st Incident $52

2nd Incident $52

3rd Incident $311

What do I do if my iPad is lost or stolen? If your child's iPad is lost or stolen, you or your child must report it immediately to your building's technology staff. You should also email so we have a record of it. If we cannot track it down, you will need to complete a Police report and submit it to the Technology & Media Services Department at the Mikaelian Education Center across from Wilmette Junior High School.

What is the Lost/Stolen Insurance and do I have it? We include lost/stolen insurance in the Instructional Materials fees so everyone has it. If the iPad is lost or stolen, you are financially responsible for the deductible listed below.

1st Incident $78

2nd Incident $156

3rd Incident $311

How do I replace broken charging accessories? You do not need to buy these through D39. Upon collection at the end of 8th grade, we will need official Apple accessories returned.

How do I find school based information on mobile learning? 


Can we remove the iPad case? The iPad case should remain on the iPad at all times. If you need to remove the cover for any reason, including the need to clean the iPad, please contact a building technician for assistance. This is to avoid damages to the iPad. You will be responsible for the cost of repair if the iPad is not in its protective case. Please see question about keyboards if you elect to swap out for a keyboard case in grades 7th-8th.

Will I be able to connect to the Internet at home? Parents may allow their child to connect to the Internet at home, however, please understand it is the parents responsibility to monitor Internet use at home. Students will be bound by the same policies, procedures, and guidelines from school. The Internet is only strictly filtered at school.

Will I need the Internet to use the device at home? While it may be easier to complete assignments with access to the Internet, students will be able to download most of the information they need onto their device before they go home. In addition, they will be able to upload completed assignments at school prior to the start of the school day.

What control do I have of the device at home? Parents have the right to make the rules as to when your child can use the device at home. If iOS Screen Time controls are enabled, please note that there may be a delay in school use if the passcode is unknown to school staff.

Can I purchase apps? D39 will be purchasing apps on behalf of students. The iPads will all come with a set of Core Apps for each student. We use Mobile Device Management software to control the iPad so that it is used for educational purposes only and therefore, the App Store is not available.

What if I forget to bring my iPad to School? Teachers will provide materials to use during the school day and if there is an assignment that requires use of the iPad, a loaner will be provided. It is an expectation that you will bring your fully charged iPad to school every day.

Where can I receive technical assistance? Students can stop by their school Learning Commons before or after school for technical assistance during the year or simply email and one of our building technicians will reach out to you.

Highcrest Middle School
8:45am - 9:05am
3:30pm - 4:00pm

Wilmette Junior High School
8:00am - 8:40am
3:00pm - 3:20pm

OR email iPad support at

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