Westside Technology will be getting an update for the 2021-22 school year! The Westside Complete refresh will empower all our learners with the deployment of iPads K-12. We'll be including a tips, tricks and answering frequently asked questions in this and future Technology.Update emails to keep you informed about the refresh plans. For a complete description of the technology refresh, please read through our complete Westside Complete FAQ document
Question: “Will I be able to keep my MacBook Air?”
Answer: YES! Teachers are keeping their MacBook for at least the next refresh cycle. That means that all the systems, process and capabilities that you have NOW will be the same as you’l have next August. PLUS you’ll receive a 12.9” iPad Pro for added capabilities.
Question: “How will I be able to type on an iPad?”
Answer: Teachers will receive the 12.9” iPad Pro AND the iPad Magic Keyboard AND an Apple Pencil. The Magic Keyboard is a full sized keyboard that includes a trackpad! You’ll be able to interact with the iPad using touch, the pencil, and a cursor controlled by the trackpad, just like on your Mac.
Question: “iPads are small. Will I be be able to see?”
Answer: Teachers will receive 12.9” iPad. It’s 12.9” screen size is almost identical to the amount of usable space on your 13” MacBook Air. The iPad also has additional capabilities to dynamically resize content (aka, zoom in or out and make text bigger or smaller) based on your preferences.
Question: Does Google work on iPad?
Answer: YES! Using Safari, you have full access to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites and all the other Google tools. These tools look the same in Safari on iPad as they do on your Mac. With the addition of the trackpad on the Magic Keyboard, you can interact with them in the same way.
Question: Will Chrome be availed on iPad?
Answer: Safari will be the only browser recommended on iPad. This is due to a variety of reasons, but it boils down to providing the best, most Mac-Like experience for teachers as possible. On iPad, all browsers (i.e., Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari) all use the same ‘engine’ to display content - the one used by Safari. Only with Safari, Apple adds in it’s own special sauce to make webpages appear just as they do on the Mac. Ironically enough, this is most apparent with Google Docs. A great example is Google Sites. Chrome on iPad will NOT let you edit a Google site, but Safari will. Additionally, Safari had built in privacy, security and accessibility features that make it an excellent choice for us going forward.