In 2016 , St Joseph’s Catholic High School will continue the BYODD (bring your own designated device) iPad Program for all students in Year 7 to prepare them for a world that demands they address and manage information, communication, and collaboration in many areas of the workplace and their personal life. This program requires every Year 7 student to supply their own Apple iPad.
The focus of our BYODD iPad Program is to develop a lifelong learning that will prepare our students for their role in the digital world in which we all live. The iPad Program enables staff to deliver lessons in more innovative ways to support and enhance student learning.
The staff is committed to developing teaching and learning programs that reflect the need to integrate these ICT skills into our student’s everyday life, enabling them to meet the challenges of 21st century living in a capable, safe and responsible manner. Current educational research from around the world and in Australia supports this view.
We look forward to a year of creative and innovative learning alongside our students.
The First Day
Students will not need to bring their iPad on the first day of the year. There will be a lot of information passed onto them on this day during meeting and initial lessons where they will meet their teachers. The iPad will not be used on this day as it will not have been set up for access to the school network at this point. Information regarding the setup process and the schedule for this process will be sent home to families with the students on the first day. Please refer to this information package for the day on which your child’s iPad has been scheduled for setup and ensure the student brings the iPad and the necessary information about the iPad and their Apple ID on this day.
The introduction of iPads to the 1:1 program at St Joseph’s Catholic High School aims to support all students in improving student engagement, participation and achievement. iPads are a powerful tool for collaboration, active participation, critical thinking, innovation and discovery. They allow students to personalise their learning to suit their individual needs, abilities and interests.
- Is a true mobile learning device – as a compact and lightweight device, students will have greater flexibility to access information and have the capacity to use this learning tool in a diverse range of places.
- Increases student engagement – the iPad provides numerous innovative ways to cover the curriculum. Future-oriented schools do not promote a culture of ‘one size fits all’, but rather recognise that learning styles differ between students. The iPad provides greater flexibility in accommodating the needs of individual students.
- Enables greater collaborative learning – interactive ways of learning foster creativity, collaboration and hence produce adaptable learners. The iPad allows for greater collaboration between students, teachers and parents. It also allows our students the opportunity to connect with resources beyond their immediate worlds.
- Enhances self-directed learning – the many and varied features of the iPad enable students to become both independent and self-directed learners. The iPad occupies a new realm in education and technology, the scope of which we have not fully realized, but one that will continue to evolve in the future. We owe it to our students to make sure they are able to function confidently and independently within this new context.
- Improves student technology competency– the National Curriculum is based upon the development of specific capabilities, one of which is ICT competencies. The iPad will enable our students to achieve these competencies through a creative and integrated approach.
- Offers a Personal Learning Studio– The iPad offers the next level in personalised learning for our students. When you look at all it has to offer in terms of the camera, applications, portability and connectivity; it is, in essence, the student’s own personal learning studio. It can be a science lab, literacy tool, research station, history archive, language lab, art canvas, music studio, video editing suite, game-based learning console and a library.
iPad PROGRAM 2016 – REQUIREMENTS
It is preferable that the device be designated solely for the student’s use. It will become problematic if the device used by the student is the same device used by the family and is not available for the student to complete homework or bring to school. Parents should also consider whether the material contained on an existing device is suitable for school. For example, movies and apps on the device must be appropriate for a Catholic school environment.
Student Apple ID
Students will require an Apple ID to get access to school materials (prescribed apps, documents, textbooks and course work), but this can be set up and controlled by the parent if preferred. It does not require credit card details for this purpose unless you wish to purchase apps. View more details here.
Minimum requirements of the iPads are:
It must be a full sized iPad (4th generation or the iPad Air) i.e. it must NOT be an iPad Mini or an iPad 1 (no camera). While the iPad 2 will work with iOS 7, all features may not be accessible on the iPad
NOTE: You may choose to use an existing iPad or upgrade to newer device when it suits, however, in making this decision there are a number things to consider:
- 16GB of memory may fill quickly and iPad memory cannot be added.
- The device will be used until the end of 2018 and we are unaware of whether the older iPads will be able to be upgraded to newer software features.
- iPad mini is NOT suitable to an educational environment
- We strongly recommend the wifi only model to reduce cost to parents and to ensure internet traffic at St Joseph’s Catholic High School is filtered. Devices with cellular or 3G capability are not suitable for the educational environment. If you have an existing device with this function you are required to remove the SIM card while the student is at school. All internet access will be supplied through the school’s network.
- Robust Protective Case – we strongly recommend the purchase of a robust case to minimise potential damage. Protecting your iPad is something we all need to be concerned about. The vast majority of iPad cases are simply not designed for school use. They are designed for adults. A case which “looks nice” may be attractive to the user but the real reason for providing an iPad case should be to protect your investment. The cover you choose needs to be able to absorb the shock transmitted to the iPad when it is dropped. Failure to do this will result in the display being damaged. To assist in the prevention of this we recommend that an impact resistant and sturdy case is purchased. Griffin Survivor and Otterbox are good examples of robust protective cases.
- Clear screen protector
- Parents are responsible for ensuring iPads and cases are labeled or engraved with the student’s name.
WARRANTY AND INSURANCE
When purchasing a new Apple iPad from any commercial retailer, please be aware that the standard warranty is limited to only 12 months unless the *AppleCare Protection plan is purchased, which extends the warranty to a full two years (24 months).
* AppleCare is NOT insurance. The AppleCare Protection Plan provides expert telephone technical support and additional hardware service options from Apple.
Click here for more information.
Whilst it is the device owner’s decision, it is strongly recommended that you consider adding the iPad to your home and contents insurance, for added protection that is not covered under warranty.
At the beginning of Term 1 2016 , the required Apps list will be communicated to you. Using your Apple ID you will be able to download the Apps ready for the iPad Support Day which will be held on the 17th February, 2016.
iPad PROGRAM 2016 – APPLE ID
All students need to have their own Apple ID assigned to their iPad so they can manage their own applications, personal data, settings and resources.
It is strongly advised that a shared family Apple ID is not used since text messages, emails and other communications intended for someone else in the family will be received by the student. iPads are personal devices and designed to work with one owner and one Apple ID. Students need to be 13 years old before they can acquire an Apple ID, however the Apple ID can be setup by a parent or caregiver and parents can monitor the purchases and downloads made by their child. Credit cards SHOULD NOT be associated with the student’s Apple ID. Apple IDs can be created and edited for free without having a purchased an iPad. Click here for information and instructions on creating and Apple ID.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Apple ID and APPS ownership
We recommend students use their school email address as their AppleID to save confusion in their next 6 years of secondary schooling. Most students probably already have an Apple ID. If this is the case the Apple ID email address can easily be changed. See below for instructions on how to change your Apple ID before school Apps are downloaded.
Any school requested apps that are downloaded with a provided code from the school will ALWAYS be tied to the Apple ID used for downloading them. If apps are downloaded using a parent Apple ID and the student gets their own Apple ID, they cannot redeem the purchased apps under the new Apple ID. The apps can only be redeemed under the original ID used for downloading.
Setting up an Apple ID
An Apple ID can be set up this way:
Create an Apple ID on any computer by DOWNLOADING any FREE app from the iTunes Store. This will provide a NO Credit Card option.
Ensure your email is setup to receive the Apple ID verification.
When setting up the iPad, enter your Apple ID as requested. If you haven’t already created this, then skip the step, create an Apple ID by downloading a free app, and then you can complete those details.
Creating Apple ID without a credit card
To create a new Apple ID for use on iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store without a credit card, click here for more information.
iPad PROGRAM 2016 – CONFIGURATION
Instructions for configuring the iPad for use on St Joseph’s network will be given to students at the beginning of Term 1 2016.
Watch YouTube movie for student email setup.
iPAD PROGRAM 2016 – APPS LIST
The Apps list for 2016 is being finalised and will be available shortly.