iPad tips

heroNow that the entire student population of HPHS has an iPad in their own possession, there are some tips I’d like to highlight about the devices. Here are the top 5 things to know about SPPS iPads:

5) Use it as much as possible. Remember that whenever the red sign isn’t displayed in the classroom, your iPad can be out and in use. It has the capability to replace most of your paper, don’t let the simplicity of a notebook hold you back.

4) Note-taking. Evernote, Bamboo Paper, Pages, Google Docs and Notes all make for an easy and simple lecture. Just turn the iPad where it’s easiest for you to type and then go to town.

3) AirDrop. Use it as a tool, not a distraction. It can easily help you accomplish tasks. If you missed a day of class, have a friend drop you the notes or a teacher AirDrop the assignment that you missed.

2) “They’re watching you….” Teachers can use Casper Focus to see what you are doing, lock your iPad or lock you into a specific app of their choosing. Through Mobile Device Management, the district, with probable cause, can view you browser/download history and where you have been connected to a network. They also scan each iPad every 24 hours to see if you have downloaded one of the banned apps found at bit.ly/notapps.

1) iPads are a privilege, not a right. Use them the wrong way and continue to abuse your privileges and consequences will be handed to you about as quickly as your iPad was given to you. Use it as tool and avoid the game section of the App Store.

Math Team M4 Press Release – Highland Goes to State!


By: Tate Bosler

On Monday, Highland’s math team defeated Central for a third time this season, which is enough to send the team to the state tournament for the 20th year in a row. The team has one meet left in the season on February 9 at home, which will secure this title, as well as the division championship.

Highland has been performing very well over the last decade, regularly getting second place in the Saint Paul City division to Central. At a meet last year, Highland came within grabbing distance of winning a meet, taking second to Central by only one point.

This year, though, things have been different. Highland started the season by winning a meet in November, defeating Central by nine points. The team won again at Humboldt later that same month. And this third victory will give Highland the title of Division Champions – a title the team has not held since 2005.

The final meet of the season is a home meet, held in the cafeteria and math classrooms on Monday, February 9. Topics for the meet include puzzle problems, probability, and similar triangles. Final division results will be announced immediately following the meet.

The math team is on Twitter at @hp_mathteam, led by captains Tate Bosler (@ichiefboz) and Katie Watson (@coffeemoose) and coaches Michael O’Connell and Christopher Anderson. More information can be found at http://www.tatebosler.com/2015/01/28/one-score-for-mathteam/.