Subiaco Primary School iPad Guide
Why is this program being proposed?
Under the Australian Curriculum, it is expected that students 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.
Subiaco Primary initiated a 1-1 BYOD program in Year 4 during 2015 with great success and we will have four (4) classes across Year 4 and Year 5 involved with BYOD 1-1 Program.
Together, the teachers and School Board have researched current ICT informed practice in education and Subiaco Primary School’s current and future capacity to deliver this. With this at the forefront, the School Board has strongly advocated the introduction of a 1-to-1 program.
1-to-1 programs are our next step towards individualising learning, which can increase independence and self-initiated learning in students, and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
What iPad is suitable?
For students to engage fully in the 1-1 iPad classroom the following iPads are recommended:
– iPad 3, or more recent models
– iPad Mini 2 or
– iPad Air
– (iPad 2 is no longer supported)
Families are free to make their own decisions about where to purchase their iPads.
Winthrop Australia is Subiaco Primary School’s Managed Service provider (technical support).
They have special offers to buy or lease through their portal for Subiaco Primary School families.
How To Identify Which iPad Model You Have
Look at the back of your iPad. Down towards the centre bottom is the word iPad, below this is the storage capacity of the iPad (16,32, or 64GB). Below that is fine print about the iPad. You will see ‘Model’ and a 5 character model number beginning with the letter ‘A’Identify Your Model Info
In order to keep the iPad safe and well-protected, it is compulsory for all students to purchase recommended iPad covers.
Cases we recommend: Longitech, Otter, Case Buddy,Targus.
If unsure please check with us.
Accounts and Management
School WI Fi and Internet connection
– Students’ iPads will be connected to the School’s Wi-Fi when at school.
– 3G/ 4G must be disabled.
– iPads will come to school in week 2 2016.
Winthrop Australia install an additional layer of filter and restrictions on our iPads – We cannot filter 3G/ 4G and they must be disabled at school.
Restrictions – We strongly urge parents to set up appropriate ratings based on their family values and restrict content in the restriction setting selection on ipads.
Parents will be required to install the core apps on your child’s iPad at home in order for participation in the 1:1 iPad program.
We recommend parents use their Apple iTunes account to purchase recommended apps and use an iTunes gift card to purchase the required core apps rather than a credit card.
From time to time you will be asked to install additional apps.
Students will only be using approved apps whilst at school.
Insurance and Protection
Your iPad is not covered by Subiaco Primary School or The Department of Education’s insurance policy.
Please check with your home and/or contents insurer if your existing cover extends to an iPad being brought to school by your child.
If you purchase your device through Winthrop Australia you may select insurance through Protectsure as an optional extra.
All Apple hardware comes with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support.
It is recommended you extend your coverage further with the AppleCare Protection Plan.
An insurance indemnity form for your iPad must be signed before use at Subiaco Primary School.
Cyber safety practices are a high priority at Subiaco Primary School and appropriate duty of care is extended to all our digital environments. Students and Parents also have a responsibility in this area to minimize risk or exposure to unsuitable material.
Any misuse of digital technology or online tools will be handled in line with Subiaco Primary School’s Behaviour Policy.
Digital User Agreement
All students and parents/guardians must sign a Digital User Agreement to allow their child to access digital technologies, media tools and digital learning environments established or accessed by Subiaco Primary School.Download Digital User Agreement
Celebrating and Sharing your Child’s Learning
In 2016 we will be trialling the SEASAW app (there is no cost for this app).
This app will allow your child to share selected work with you, via an app on your smart phone and is a terrific way to stay in touch with your child’s progress.
Short videos, photographs of written work or activities are some examples of what may be shared.
Parents can comment, providing encouragement and feedback.
Research Paper and Findings
iPads and Learning at Subiaco Primary School – In 2015, Subiaco Primary School initiated a 1-1 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) iPad program across the year 4 classes. A strategic focus was to increase the use of ICT for differentiation and higher order thinking skills and ensure staff were utilising digital fluencies to create and communicate using Information Communications Technologies (ICT).
The main focus of the research was to investigate student, parent and teacher perceptions of classroom engagement and learning using iPads. It is hoped that this study will help inform current and future alignment of digital technologies across learning areas at Subiaco Primary School.
Access to the Research Study and the celebrations and recommendations is password protected.
Password prompt: What is our playing area under the trees known as? (one word starting with a capital letter)