Student Apple IDs (Under 13 years old)

Apple ID information for students under the age of 13:

This year, all students in grades 6-12 will be using a personal Apple ID model. This is a new model for middle school students. If your student already has an Apple ID they are currently using, they can continue to use that Apple ID on their school iPad. If your student does not already have an Apple ID they are using, please set up a new Student Apple ID. (Watch for an email from Apple on this process, more information below).


What is an Apple ID for Students:

Creating an Apple ID typically requires selecting a birthdate that demonstrates an age of at least 13 years old. Apple has created a Student Apple ID system for educational use for students who are under the age of 13. This system allows a parent to create an Apple ID for their student. Account information on Student Apple IDs cannot be changed without parent consent, and they do not require a payment option being attached to the Apple ID during setup. This differs from full Apple ID accounts.


Why do middle school students need an Apple ID?

A personal Apple ID allows students to access resources such as apps and digital textbooks shared by Northfield Public Schools. It also allows students access to iCloud, which backs up data and allows the “Find My iPad” feature to be enabled. Personal Apple IDs increase both security and functionality of students’ iPads


How do I create a Student Apple ID for my child?

You should receive an email from Apple that contains information about Apple IDs and a link to set up your student account. This has likely already been sent to you. Follow the instructions in that email to create your Student Apple ID.


What if I don’t receive an email from Apple?

There are a couple of reasons this could happen:

  • A current parent/guardian email address may not be on file for you.
  • Your student may have enrolled in Northfield Public Schools after our accounts were created.
  • Your student may have already created an Apple ID using their school email address.
  • Your student may be at least 13 years of age, in which case you can set up a full Apple ID at

If you do not receive the email and do not have an Apple ID for your student, please contact Kim Briske (507.664.3399).


Additional Information:

Apple provides a wealth of information regarding parental controls and Apple IDs in general.

For general information regarding Apple IDs, please visit

Apple also provides a parent guide with information about managing student Apple IDs and devices, which can be accessed at This guide includes information about setting restrictions on your student’s iPad. Please understand that Northfield Public Schools also utilizes a Mobile Device Management system that automatically sets several restrictions on student iPads. If you need more information about restrictions or safe and responsible use of technology, please contact Kim Briske (507.664.3399).

Thank you for your collaboration in providing high quality learning experiences and increased access to a wealth of educational resources through the use of technology. Please be in touch if we can be of further assistance.

iPad Family Engagement Event Details and Alternate Dates

We are officially one week away from our scheduled iPad Family Engagement Events at Northfield Middle School and Northfield High School. Please see below for the regularly scheduled dates as well as additionally scheduled times for those who are unable to attend next week.

Northfield Middle School:

  • Monday, August 18th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 20th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Wednesday, August 27th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 7:45 am – 8:45 am

Northfield High School:

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Last names A-L)
  • Thursday, August 21st, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Last names M-Z)
    • Make-up Date: Thursday, August 28th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Tuesday, September 2nd, 9:00 am – 11:00 am*

*This is during scheduled Link Crew activities. Students participating in those activities should plan to attend at a different time.

If you are unable to make it to any of the above dates, please be in touch regarding alternate arrangements. Contact Kim Briske (507.664.3399).

I would also like to make some clarifications about the events. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the events:

Q: Do we need to be there for the entire 4 hours?

A: No, these events are a drop-in format. You can come when it is most convenient for you during the scheduled times. The whole process should take less than an hour.

Q: Do parents need to attend a meeting this year if they already went to one last year?

A: All middle school families should attend a meeting. The meetings have different content than last year. They will cover responsible use of iPads, information about Apple IDs, and information about the parent view of Schoology. There will be three meetings per hour that should last about 15 minutes.

There will not be meetings at the high school events.

Q: Why will middle school students have Apple IDs this year?

A: There are a few reasons for this. In short, they are security, the ability to backup iPads to iCloud, and improved processes for distributing school apps to students. An Apple ID serves multiple purposes. By having an Apple ID, students will be able to use the “Find My iPad” function in order to locate lost devices. Furthermore, they will be able to back up data more efficiently and experience a smoother transition between multiple Apple devices if they are using Apple products for personal use.

One big change from Apple this year is that they are allowing educational organizations to distribute apps to students via their Apple ID for a period of time, then pull them back for other students to use. This allow us as a district to be good stewards of district funds used to purchase apps. It also allows for the purchase of specialized apps pertaining to specific courses with the ability to transfer the apps to other students as needed.

While middle school students will have a personal Apple ID, at this time they will not have access to the App Store to download personal apps on school iPads.

Once again, please be in touch if you have further questions, comments, or clarifications. Contact Kim Briske (507.664.3399).

iPad Family Engagement Events

In preparation for the upcoming school year, iPad Family Engagement Events have been planned for Northfield Middle School and Northfield High School during the week of August 18, 2014. Parents and students should attend together to learn about using their iPad for learning in addition to insuring, setting up, and picking up iPads for the coming year.

Additionally, the schools will provide parents with information and instructions for accessing their students’ courses and activities through Schoology, our online learning management system. This resource provides access to course calendars, documents, assignments, and announcements, as well as other tools for teachers, students, and parents.

Dates for the iPad Family Engagement Events are:

Northfield Middle School:
Monday, August 18th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 20th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Northfield High School (dates coincide with student pictures and schedule pickup):
Tuesday, August 19th, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, August 21st, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We anticipate a smooth process for families to set up and receive their students’ iPads. In order to facilitate this, please have your Apple ID and password ready when you arrive. Students who already have a personal Apple ID should continue to use that one. Students who do not already have an Apple ID will need to create one. Parents of students under the age of 13 will need to create an Apple ID with their students. Information regarding this process will be sent via email in the near future. For general information regarding Apple IDs, please visit If you have forgotten your Apple ID and/or password, please visit

Insurance rates are $25 (reduced rates available for free and reduced lunch families). You may pay for insurance at the Family Engagement Event or pre-pay by visiting Insurance covers repair or replacement for non-intentional damage or loss of an iPad.

As always, our goal is to support all students families in achieving educational excellence. Please feel free to contact Kim Briske, Director of Technology Services, if you have questions pertaining to Transformational Technology or the use of iPads in general. You may also call her, at 507.664.3399.

Welcome Kim Briske!

On July 1, Northfield Public Schools welcomed Kim Briske, as the district’s Director of Technology Services. This updated position will focus on technology and its ability to personalize teaching and learning.


A resident of Northfield, Kim comes to us from the Farmington Public Schools where she was a Digital Learning Specialist. She was instrumental in leading that district’s customized learning plan that provided individual iPad tablet computers for all students in grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade.  Prior to her role as a Digital Learning Specialist, she taught Spanish for eight years at Farmington High School.

Kim will be leading the district’s next steps in the Transformational Technology initiative. She can be contacted by email at or by phone at 507.664.3399.

TransTech Initiative: Year 1 data via NHS stats class

The Northfield High School statistics class, under the direction of mathematics teacher Ray Coudret, conducted a study of the 6th-12th grade 1:1 iPad component of the Transformational Technology initiative.

The information in this presentation was compiled by the 55 Junior and Senior students in Probability and Statistics classes at Northfield High School.  The survey questions were generated by the students to measure perceived benefits, and challenges of the initiative, as well as the District goal of “substitution” as described in the SAMR model of technology adoption. The presentation is comprised of the best work available from a series of small group presentations.

You can view a larger version of the slides used in the presentation by clicking here.

iPad Collection Information 2014

Students will be turning in their school iPads this week (June 2nd).

It will be helpful if all students update their iPads to iOS 7.1.1 prior to submission.

Northfield Middle School

Students at Northfield Middle School will turn in their iPad and their iPad charger during the times listed below:

  • Grade 6: Monday, June 2nd
  • Grade 7: Tuesday, June 3rd
  • Grade 8: Wednesday, June 4th

Students will get the same device and charger back in the Fall. The distribution for Fall is being finalized and will be announced in June.

Northfield High School

Students will hand in their iPad at the end of their 7th period final examination on Friday, June 6th. Students who do not have a 7th period final exam will turn their iPads in at the end of the 6th hour final exam on Thursday, June 5th. In the unusual circumstance that a student does not have a final examination during either 6th or 7th period, he or she can contact the High School office for further instruction.
Students in 9th-11th Grade will turn in their iPad (and case) only. 9th-11th grade students will need to store their charger and charging cord at home for Fall use.
As part of the collection process, students will need to remove their passcodes, Apple ID (if they’ve used one), and erase the device. This will all be taken care of in the classroom as part of the collection process.
 2014-15 iPad distribution schedules for the 2014-15 school year will be released in mid-June.
Please contact Director of Administrative Services Matt Hillmann at (507) 645-3458 or by email at with questions about iPad collection.

Transformational Technology Update Meetings

The Northfield Public Schools invite the public to share feedback regarding the first semester of the Transformational Technology initiative during two public meetings in January. The Transformational Technology project has provided iPad tablet computers for all students in Grades 6-12 and ‘pods’ of 4-6 iPad Mini tablet computers in elementary classrooms.

The meetings will be held:

  • Thursday, January 16th | 7 pm – 8:30 pm | Northfield Middle School Media Center
  • Tuesday, January 21st | 7 pm – 8:30 pm | Northfield Middle School Media Center

The meetings will include a short presentation about the successes, challenges, and opportunities the District has encountered so far with the initiative. Participants will engage in small and large group discussions regarding the initiative as well.

In addition, a survey will be sent to families in late January as another opportunity to share feedback about the Transformational Technology initiative. Please feel free to contact Director of Administrative Services Matt Hillmann (507.645.3458 or with any questions about the meetings or the Transformational Technology Initiative.

iOS 7 – update away!

We had asked that students hold off on updating their school iPads to iOS 7. At this point, students can feel free to update their iPads to Apple’s latest operating system.

Students do not have to update their iPads if they do not want to do so. We just want you to know it is acceptable to do so at this point.

You can download a PDF ‘cheat sheet’ to help you with the update process, We recommend you review the document before updating as it contains good information about what to expect for the update. Thanks to Middle School Workstation Specialist Sandy Fjelde for creating the document. Again, you do not need to complete the update at this point. We recommend you make sure you have your Notability files backed up using Google Drive and/or iCloud before completing any updates.

Some students iPads may have already downloaded a copy but did not install it. If you receive a ‘verification’ error, turn the iPad off and on in order to download the latest version of iOS 7 (7.02).

As always, please feel free to contact Director of Administrative Services Matt Hillmann at or (507) 645-3458 with any questions about the Transformational Technology initiative.

Mayor’s Youth Council ‘Wi Fi Bookmark’, Mindfulness Campaign

The Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) has compiled a list of locations in Northfield where students can access free WiFi. You can access the ‘bookmark’ here.myc-logo-011

I had a chance to speak with members of the MYC in August. This is an outstanding group of young people dedicated to serving their peers and supporting them in any number of ways. Their excitement about the Transformational Technology initiative has been channeled into ensuring responsible and balanced use of technology by teens. Take a moment to read the very thoughtful op-ed piece in the Northfield News by Scout Gregerson and see what I mean!

Way to go MYC!


iOS 7 update — hold off for now!

Apple will make the latest operating system for iPads (iOS 7) available for download sometime later tonight or tomorrow (the scheduled release date is September 18.) At this time, the District requests that students do not update their school issued iPads yet. Just tap ‘Close’ if you are prompted to update. images

While Middle School students cannot update or install their own apps, it is probable they still might be prompted by the iPad’s software update feature to upgrade. We don’t want students and parents to be confused by this message.

It looks like iOS 7 has some great tools that we will want to begin using — but we want to ensure that all apps students use on a daily basis are updated and working properly before we move to iOS 7.

We’ll provide instructions for updating at an appropriate time in the near future. As always, if you have questions about the Transformational Technology initiative, please contact Director of Administrative Services Matt Hillmann at or (507) 645-3458.