Category Archives: Students

Anything relating to student devices

iCloud and Google Drive

iCloud.com

We use Google Drive for most data storage on campus. You SHOULD have your Notability backing up to Drive automatically – if you aren’t or are not sure, CLICK HERE and make sure!

If you are in the middle school [in the 2022-2023 school year] then you are also using a Managed AppleID, which comes with 200 gigabytes of storage. The data and pictures that the 6th and 7th graders create on the Shared ipads automatically get backed up to their iCloud account – WHICH CAN ACCESSED USING ANY WEB BROWSER.

You 8th graders need to check some settings [See Settings –> Click on your name at the top left column -> iCloud -> Turn ON Photos, iCloud Backup]

To access your iCloud account, surf to iCloud.com

To see what you can do on iCloud, the user guide is at iCloud User Guide.

Powerschool & Schoology –> Apps and Phones

We have recently received several emails and comments stating that getting into Schoology and Powerschool has been a bit flaky.

All of the commenters were using their phones and the respective apps to try and access their accounts.

MDS Tech’s advice:

When the apps refuse to work, fire up a web browser and access the information that way. You get the same info, just via a different route.

Powerschool: sis.mountdesales.net

Schoology: lms.mountdesales.net

MDS Tech logo - making technolgoy work well at Mount de Sales since computers were rare.

Technology and Middle school

MDS Tech ran across a site with a lot of useful information about students and technology – specifically, the use of smartphones.

https://www.waituntil8th.org/

“Teens spend an average of seven hours and 22 minutes on their phones a day, and tweens — ages 8 to 12 — are at four hours and 44 minutes daily, according to a report by Common Sense Media.”
— taken from https://www.waituntil8th.org/blog/2021/9/19/how-to-help-your-kid-use-their-iphone-less

“Smartphones are distracting and potentially dangerous for children yet are widespread in elementary and middle school because of unrealistic social pressure and expectations to have one.”

“Parents feel powerless in this uphill battle and need community support to help delay the ever-evolving presence of the smartphone in the classroom, social arena and family dinner table. Let’s band together to wait until at least eighth grade before children are allowed to have a smartphone. “

https://www.waituntil8th.org/why-wait – top Silicon Valley execs are delaying the smartphone for THEIR children until at least age 14. Click the link to learn more.

https://www.waituntil8th.org/faqs – the FAQ that explains what the pledge is, how to rally people from the school into participating, and even has downloadable signup sheets and posters.

https://www.waituntil8th.org/resources – emails, posters, packets, signs, flyers, and even a video.

https://www.waituntil8th.org/digital-training – all sorts of best practices, family guides, and even a list of resources and services you can use in your family.

https://www.waituntil8th.org/devices – “When you are considering what communication device is best for your child, it is important first to ask what is the purpose of the device? In other words, why does my child need a phone? If calling and texting is all that is needed, we encourage parents to consider a basic phone before a smartphone.”

https://www.waituntil8th.org/