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iPads for Learning

Currently, our Stage 2 classes (Years 3 and 4) bring their own iPads to school each day to support their learning. As of 2018, Years 2- 5 will be part of our Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD) Program. We hope that the information included on this page will help to answer any questions you may have.

Rational & Aims

St. Brigid’s Catholic Parish Primary School is striving to provide contemporary quality learning environments for students through the integration of technology across all key learning areas. As part of this process we will continue to implement a 1:1 iPad Program for Years 2 and 3, 2018. iPads will be used in a range of learning spaces allowing students the opportunities to achieve desired learning outcomes in ways that are not always possible using traditional methods. 

St. Brigid’s has a strong view on the importance of technology in the role of the education of its students. We see this as one of a number of key ingredients that support students in the learning process. The provision of a technologically rich environment allows teachers to access a greater variety of tools to enhance their teaching. It supports our key educational aim of developing innovative and engaging teaching strategies to facilitate authentic learning for our students.

Making the Purchase 

The iPad is purchased by the parents and maintained by the parents. If parents cannot purchase an iPad, then students will have the use of a device at school. These will remain the property of the school and are maintained by nominated staff. All students are expected to abide by the Learning Technologies User Rights and Responsibilities Agreement, Student Responsibilities for iPad Care and iPad User Agreement policies. 

Families are free to make their own decisions abour where to purchase their iPads. There are a range of local retailers who stock the iPad.
The following stores may be viable options for you to consider:

A number of the retailers listed above provide some form of rental or lease option should this be your preferred choice.

Creating Your Own Apple ID

You, as parents will be required to create an Apple ID for your child’s iPad. To do this, go to the Apple ID website and follow the prompts. Important: We would like you to use the student’s email address as the Apple ID.

We want to be best able to provide technical support to our students. In order to do this we need to be able to access the emails sent to them whilst they are at the school. When you use your private email address this becomes very difficult. For example, there are times when a student forgets their password associated with their Apple ID. Apple sends the reminder to the email address registered with the Apple ID. For this reason, if the student uses their school email address we are able to provide them with the immediate support and can get the problem resolved quickly.

We suggest that no credit card is associated with the Apple ID, and that the Apple ID is used exclusively for your child’s iPad. 

You can view step instructions for creating a new Apple ID by downloading the PDFs below: 

Family Apple ID for Students SBG

Apple ID Instructions

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is an important issue that is constantly being addressed throughout our classes and in particular in Stage 2 and 3. Teachers use resources developed by the Catholic Education Office, Wollongong, The Australian Communications and Media Authority and other Cybersafety bodies to educate our students on being safe and responsible digital citizenships.

iPads in the Home

Screen Time

The internet can help children develop socially and academically. But too much time online, playing games, socialising and so on, can have a negative effect. For children, a balance of online and offline activities is important.

Many older children spend time on the internet socialising, studying and for entertainment. There is no guideline for the right amount of time for children to spend online, however if their online behaviour appears to impact negatively on their behaviour or wellbeing, or that of the family, it may be time to discuss expectations, and establish online time limits.  

Tips

Look for indicators that your child may be spending too much time online, such as a decline in interest in other activities, talking constantly about an online game or activity, a decline in grades or irritability when they are away from an online game. You may also suspect they are getting up after bedtime to play a game.

Children may seem quite tired during the day or skip meals to avoid leaving the computer.

You may like to check with your child's school to identify whether they are experiencing issues with timeliness or quality of work and tiredness.

Consider establishing rules about when children can play games or use the internet and how long they can play each day. You might consider agreeing with your child a set balance of online activities and offline activities such as outside play, homework and housework. A two week trial of new rules might be useful to establish whether they seem to provide a good balance for your child and your family.

Establishing rules with children when they are young can help with the management of their online activities as they get older.

Try to locate the computer in a shared or visible place in the home so you are aware of how much time your child spends online.

If you have concerns about your child's online behaviour explore your concerns with them.

Set Boundaries

Students don’t need to use the iPad all the time at home. Ensure that your child balances their time using technology with other things in their life.

Children need their sleep, so we strongly suggest that the iPad is NOT TAKEN TO BED.

If you are experiencing problems, we recommend that you specify:

where in the house the iPad can be used and

where it is to be stored when not in use.

Monitor

Talk about Internet activities openly and freely.Have your child use the iPad in a shared family area where you can monitor how long your child is online as well as the websites your child is visiting.Check the history in Safari or any web browser they may have used.

Share the Experience

Ask your children to demonstrate the way they use their iPad for school. Ask your children teach to you how to use the iPad. Focus on the positive aspects of the Internet when you sharing the experience with your child. Spend time looking together at sites that are fun, interesting or educational. Encourage your child to question things on the Internet, e.g. “Who is in charge of this site?”, “Have I found information, or is it just opinion?” or “Is this site trying to influence me or sell me something?”. Have a play with the iPad and apps by yourself to better understand how they work.

Protect

Explain to your child that not all information on the Internet is good, true or helpful, and that some areas are are not intended for children to see. Help your child identify unsuitable material by naming some things to look out for, such as sites that contain scary or rude pictures, swearing or angry words. Empower your child to use the Internet safely by showing your child safe sites and explaining why they are safe. It’s also important to educate your child on why it’s not safe to give out any personal details online. Parental Controls are available on the iPad, if needed. These restrictions will only work on downloaded iTunes music, games and apps. Restrictions will not restrict or block inappropriate websites when using Safari or any other web browser app. In Google Settings - enable SAFE SEARCH Parental Controls are available on the iPad. However, they can block iPad features that may be needed at school.

SBG Learning Technologies Policy

SBG- Learning Technologies Policy

FAQ

What if my child has an iPad?

If your son/daughter currently owns an iPad 2 or higher, then that is fine for them to use at school. However this iPad will need to be for their exclusive use.

What iPad do I buy?

If you are purchasing a new iPad, we always suggest to purchase the best that you can afford. Currently the new iPad (5th Generation) 32GB is an excellent choice. Please do not purchase an iPad Mini or iPad 1 or 2 as these are not supported for NAPLAN online technical requirements.

We also recommend that the iPad is WiFi only — not Cellular. This means there are no additional internet usage charges, and your child will only be connected to the internet when WiFi is available (at school for example).

Where can I purchase an iPad from?

There are a number of stores that stock and sell iPads. Many do have finance available if needed. Stores include: Mac1, JB Hi-Fi, Domayne, Good Guys, Joyce Mayne, Big W, OfficeWorks and Harvey Norman.

Does my child need a keyboard for their iPad?

No, they do not as the keyboard does come up on the screen for typing. Posture will be reinforced whilst working with the iPad. NAPLAN testing trials have proven that the device that is used regularly is the best device for testing (with or without a keyboard).

Does my child need a stylus for their iPad?

No they do not as we are encouraging correct finger placement and fluency when typing.

What type of protective case does my child’s iPad require?

We recommend a smart cover for the iPad (a cover that turns the iPad on and off by opening and closing it). The case should cover the back of the iPad, its 4 corners and also have a flap that will protect the screen. It is ideal for the case to have a stand option (either a pull out flap or a resting place for the iPad). Many cases include the screen cover as well. There are also many cases offering heavy duty protection such as the Survivor series cases.

What about Viruses?

There is currently no issue with viruses when using iPads.

How much time will be spent on the iPads in class?

This will be negotiated individually with each student depending on their chosen tasks, but they will generally be accessed daily. Some activities are programmed, whilst others are on the go (teaching opportunities). Please note: the iPad is a tool just like a pen, book, paintbrush etc.

Will my child still be reading books and writing in workbooks?

Yes absolutely – balance is best! The iPad as outlined in the question above is one of many learning tools used in the classroom.

Will my child be taking their iPad out of the classroom?

iPads will remain secured in the classroom during break times (including wet weather). At times students may be asked by their class teacher to complete learning experiences outside the classroom. If this occurs, all students will be reminded of expectations and will be supervised.

How will my child’s iPad be kept safe at school?

All iPads are kept in the class’s plastic containers during the school day. Student’s iPads are kept the classroom for the whole day and kept secured in a locked classroom during break times. When students are not using their iPads they will be kept in the classroom's plastic container in the classroom.

How will my child’s iPad be brought to and from school?

All iPads will remain in your child’s bag until they go into class. Students place their iPads in their bags at the end of the day, where they remain until they arrive home. The school encourages all students to not take their iPads out of their bags whilst travelling to and from school (including the bus).

Will my child’s iPad be needed at school every day?

Yes. In the case where the iPad is not required at school students will be notified in advance (athletics carnivals, gala days, etc). It is expected that iPads are fully charged each day.

Will my child be using an iPad for homework?

Yes. Homework utilising the iPads will be given from time to time.

What happens if my child’s iPad is damaged at school?

It is recommended that iPads are covered for use outside of the home in your Home and Contents Insurance Policy. If the iDevice is lost, stolen or damaged at school, the student must report it to their teacher immediately. The teacher will provide an Incident Report Form for completion. Action in response to damage or loss will be determined by the school.

What happens if the device is lost traveling to and from school?

In this circumstance, students or parents must report the incident to the school and it will be investigated as per our school incident procedures. The outcome for these types of incidents will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

What happens if my child uses the iPad incorrectly?

Students are to follow all school and teacher directions in relation to apps and usage of iPads. Any misuse of iPads will follow the User Agreement policy.  

Can my child have their own games on the iPad?

Students may have unprescribed apps on their iPad but these will not be accessed during school hours, and should preferably be placed on the 3rd splash screen (background page) or later in a designated folder.

How do I set up an Apple ID account?

All students using an iPad at school need to have their own Apple ID on their iPad. Please refer to ‘Creating an Apple ID for Students’ handout for instructions about how to set up an Apple ID.

How will we know which apps are required?

All school/educational apps to be used will be purchased by St Brigid’s and supplied to the students via a download link. Students will be emailed the app link/s to their school email account for download. The cost of the apps for the year will be covered by the technology fee and these apps will be gifted to the students.

What is a Google account?

Every student at St Brigid’s (and the Diocese of Wollongong) has an account which allows them access to features such as email, hosted by Google, known as DOW Cloud. The DOW Cloud services allow students to set up calendars to keep track of events and due dates, commenting on blogger, word processing, spreadsheets, email and sharing options with their class teacher. Students may also use DOW Cloud to store work in an organised and accessible manner (from any device anywhere in the world – no USB required).

What if we have problems with my child’s iPad throughout the year?

The most important thing to remember if your child has problems with their iPad at school, is to let the class teacher know as soon as possible so that the problem can be addressed. If the problem can be fixed at a school level it will, if not it will be passed onto CEO for further assistance.

Can I connect to the Internet from my home network?

Yes. The iPads can adjust between home and school settings. Note that the internet protections in place at school do not apply at home and parents are responsible for internet access at home.

Can I filter out any undesirable sites from my child’s iPad?

Yes, under the Settings -> General, there is a Restrictions option. You enable restrictions with a passcode (that only you know) and alter the settings for Web Sites for example to ‘Limit Adult Content’ rather than ‘All Websites’. The best option is to supervise your child’s iPad use and set in place expectations around where and when it used, charged etc.

Student Agreement

SBG User Agreement

 

For more information, please visit our iPad Diocese of Wollongong Website by clicking on the link below...

DOWipads