Bellbrae Primary School iPad Program 2015
Information for parents on our iPad program in 2015
iPADS IN THE CLASSROOM
2015 iPad Program - Years 4,5 & 6
DIGITAL LEARNING AND iPADS
Students at Bellbrae have used 1:1 digital devices to support their learning since the inception of the netbook program in 2007. As the original netbook devices have now become redundant and the Government does not further support funding for this program students across the state in most cases have to fund hardware themselves. At Bellbrae we have embraced the use of iPads in an effort to remain abreast of emerging trends and initiatives in education and transition into a greater ‘digital learning environment’. As part of this transition our students will require their own iPads and after significant research, we believe the best year levels to implement this program is Grade 4,5 and Grade 6. This allows the students the opportunity to utilise these devices for at least two/three years at Bellbrae, and also on agreement, will be able to take them onto some Secondary Schools such as Surf Coast Secondary College. From next year parents will be expected to provide an iPad for school use in these year levels.
WHY USE AN iPAD?
The staff at Bellbrae Primary School believe in the power of educating in the 21st century, using modern and cutting edge tools and programs to transform and enhance the way our students learn.
The iPad program gives every student in Years 4,5 & 6 access to their device at school and at home allowing self-directed learning and personalised instruction. Students will use their iPads for many tasks and activities including research, problem solving, collaborating, blogging, as well as to enhance their general academic output. At the same time, they will be developing valuable 21st century skills that will be beneficial throughout their lives and careers. As previously stressed, the students WILL NOT simply be spending their entire school day behind a screen.
After researching a number of options it appears the best deals available are still through retailers such as JB Hifi, Dick Smith, Big W and Harvey Norman. Effectively as a school, even through bulk purchase, we cannot match these prices. You will also have the opportunity to bring an existing iPad that you already may have at home. We recommend the following as a guide to a suitable device for your child.
Apple iPad 2 - 16GB WI-Fi
(32 GB or greater are not needed however you may choose to purchase or already own a more recent version such as the iPad 4 or Ipad mini which can be also used as part of the program)
Apple iPad Air - 16GB Wi Fi
Bellbrae Primary School will provide appropriate ‘apps’, technical advice and support in the school environment. We will also provide internet access at school and offer regular updates of iPad operating systems and applications. Students however need to ensure the device is charged daily, and we also recommend that parents include this device in their own insurance policies. It is also recommended that a protective cover be provided with the iPad. Please note that other tablet devices such as Samsung are unable to be technically supported at school, so cannot be used.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why 1:1 and iPad?
The new Australian Curriculum requires students to develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school. The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) recognises that in a digital age, and with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use. To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities. iPads as a tool are fast and automated, interactive and multimodal, and they support the rapid communication and representation of knowledge to many audiences and its adaptation in different contexts. They afford students the opportunity to transform the ways that they think and learn and give them greater control over how, where and when they learn.
Why Parent Funded 1:1
The school is not financially able to provide a device for each student to allow for the
learning opportunities that we believe will equip your child to take their place in the
world after they leave school.
Why does every child need a device?
Students having access to their own individual device will be able to maximise learning opportunities by always having the device available however at school (and we hope in the home) it will be strongly monitored. They will be able to use the same device at school and at home to make learning an option 24/7. The iPad works best as a single user device where no log in is required, and provides opportunities for personalised, student centred learning. Children having their own device also allows for a level of parental involvement in learning not previously possible.
Why are you not proposing laptops?
The iPad offers an element of speedy access, mobility and intuitive interaction not facilitated by a laptop. There are a large range of apps available for the iPad that are useful for students in primary school years. These apps are relatively inexpensive to purchase. Suitable software for laptops is not so abundant and is often expensive.
Why is the program only for Years 4 ,5 & 6 in 2015?
Our Year 4,5 & 6 teachers have trialled the use of iPads over the past 12 months, and have had access to professional development opportunities which best places them to most effectively use iPads within their classrooms in 2015. Our Assistant Principal – Stu McCoombe was previously a Digital Learning Coach and will be performing this role with our staff next year. Professional development will also be afforded to all existing staff members at Bellbrae over the next 3-5 years.
What ICT devices will other years have access to?
Students will still have access to desktop PC’s, laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards which will be continued to be utilised as required to achieve intended learning outcomes and enhance learning. Banks of iPads will also be available for other students to use in a shared mode.
How will we know how the iPads are being used in the classroom?
By implementing a 1:1 iPad program you child will be bringing their iPad between home and school on a daily basis. In our opinion, this provides unprecedented access to your child’s learning and affords parents the opportunity to become more actively involved in their child’s education.
Will my son/daughter stop handwriting?
No. The development of fine motor and handwriting skills are still considered fundamental at Bellbrae Primary School. Many iPad activities are undertaken as part of a process towards achieving learning outcomes, and using pen and paper is more often than not a part of that process.
Have teachers been trained on how to use the iPads in the classroom?
We view our teachers as learners too. Teachers at Bellbrae have had, and will continue to have, access to professional learning opportunities and support from many external sources. We consider their learning to be developmental and constantly evolving and constantly look for ways to best support their technological and pedagogical understandings. Each teacher will have timetabled coaching sessions with a Digital Learning Coach throughout the year.
What apps will be required and who will pay for them?
The school will identify a core set of apps that will be required for each iPad. The school will purchase these apps at a discount from Apple for the students.
Will my child be able to install other apps and games?
Yes, however the purchase of all apps, games, music etc must be made with an Apple ID which requires a password. The owner of the Apple ID must be at least 13 years of age and it is
strongly recommended that this is a parent. Hence parents have control over the Apple ID password and what is installed on the iPad.
What happens if inappropriate apps or music are on the iPad?
If school staff notice that inappropriate apps or music are on the iPad the parent will be contacted and asked to remove the inappropriate material. Educational applications will be considered the priority on the iPad and the school reserves the right to request information which does not support educational outcomes be removed if it impedes the tool’s intended purpose.
Will students be able to use Facebook on the device?
Users of Facebook have to be 13 years of age or older, hence Facebook should not be used on the device.
Will students be able to use the devices at recess and lunchtime?
Students are encouraged to be active and socialise during break times, hence the use of the iPads will not be allowed during these times.
Will my child’s Internet usage be monitored at school?
The school has an Internet filtering system that aims to stop inappropriate material reaching the students. Teacher supervision is also important in monitoring student usage and behaviour online, and student education has taken place and will continue to reinforce strategies for appropriate and safe behaviour online. Students can and do occasionally come across inappropriate content. We believe that providing them with strategies to deal with such occasions in a safe and supportive environment is preferable to them dealing with the issue in unsupported circumstances.
How will the school regulate student use of the Internet at home?
The school is unable to regulate student Internet usage at home. We encourage parents to be aware of what their child is doing on any Internet enabled device (computer, iPad, iPhone, iPod) and strongly encourage the use of these devices in family areas only (not in private areas such as bedrooms).
How much time will my child spend using the iPad each day?
The iPad becomes a tool amongst many at the disposal of the teacher and students throughout the day. With any learning experience, the teacher is best placed to decide which tool will be most effective in meeting the intended learning outcome. iPads are not intended to be a replacement or a substitute for any of the more conventional tools teachers have at their disposal. It is the school’s belief that any well rounded approach to education involves balanced access to a variety of tools. iPads simply increase the number of tools at the teacher’s disposal and are only used when they are the best tool for the job.
What is the weight of the iPad?
The iPad weighs 652g without a cover. A cover will add additional weight but is essential for the protection of the device.
How do we backup the data and apps on the device?
Data on the device can be backed up via iTunes on a computer at home or via Apple’s iCloud service over the Internet.
How will it be protected from damage to and from school?
The school and parents will need to educate students on the care of the iPad to minimise damage.
Will the battery last all day?
The iPad has an up to 10 hour battery life and our experience is that this is more than adequate for a day’s use in the classroom. There is an expectation that the iPad will be bought to school fully charged each day. There will not be charging facilities at school for your child’s iPad.
The school will provide assistance with technical issues, such as ensuring that the student’s iPad connects to the Wi-Fi network and all available services and applications. The IT Department will not undertake mechanical repairs. All iPads should be under warranty, so any technical faults will be addressed under the terms of the warranty meaning that parents/families are responsible for having devices repaired. The School has also invested in an Apple Server, Apple TV’s for classrooms and extra WAPS to add to the infrastructure for the iPads and other devices.
The school has taken into account many sources of authoritative research, as well as the findings from trials and those of other like schools in Victoria, to reach the conclusion that 1:1 iPads will be beneficial to your child’s education. Please refer to the following information that the school has referenced over the past 18 months of investigation.
(NB: This list is not exhaustive).
Your iPad is YOUR Responsibility at all times.
Your iPad MUST be in a locked classroom during the school day.
Your iPad MUST go home with you each night to be recharged.
All apps, photographs, music and other content on your iPad MUST be age-appropriate.
All passcodes and passwords MUST be kept CONFIDENTIAL.
All personal information is private and NOT to be shared online.
Any photos or videos taken on your iPad MUST be appropriate and MUST be with the permission of the people/person in the images.
Images and video of other people should NOT be uploaded to the internet without their permission.
Speak respectfully to others.
Expect high standards of others.
Speak to your parents/teachers/guardians if anything you come across makes you feel uncomfortable or afraid.
Always check your source of information.
Recognise and respect copyright.
Make online life safe for others.
iPAD RESTRICTIONS FOR HOME AND SCHOOL/Parental Controls
You can enable and adjust Restrictions on your device to prevent access to specific features or content on the device.
- Tap Settings > General.
- Tap Restrictions.
- Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode. The passcode will be required to make changes to these settings or to disable Restrictions. Note: If you lose or forget a restriction passcode, you will need to perform a factory restore to remove it.
- To only allow you child to access certain applications or features click disable on the tick box
Goals for learning with iPads
·Utilize technology for individualizing instruction for all students