Parents & Community - iPad Program

1:1 iPads

Hannans Primary School has been evaluating the use of iPads in school and the importance of such technology in educational and occupational trends.  We currently use iPads in the school and conducted a successful 1:1 iPad trial last year as a part of our research into providing a high-quality 21st Century education for our students. Being able to use an iPad at the time it is needed, not just when it is their turn meant this technology had more of an impact on our students’ learning.

  Access to technology is a key component of students gaining the exposure, experience and technological skillsets, and is a building block for them to enhance their learning.  The integration of this technology helps to transform teaching pedagogy and enables students to continue learning when not at school and make connections from their learning at school.  It enhances opportunities and approaches in developing skills to think critically, problem solve, be creative and demonstrate innovation.

  

 

 

“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... They transform the ways that students think and learn and give them greater control over how, where and when they learn…  This includes conducting research, creating multimedia information products, analysing data, designing solutions to problems, controlling processes and devices, and supporting computation while working independently and in collaboration with others. 

Australian Curriculum:  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability

BYOD 1:1 iPad Program Proposal 

 

Hannans Primary School is proposing that a parent-funded (BYOD) 1:1 iPad program be introduced in Years 3 and 4 next year.  This is our current Year 2 and 3 cohort.  This initial program with 1:1 BYOD iPads would start in Years 3 and 4 in 2020 and extend to Years 5 and 6 in 2021. Students will bring these iPads to use at school and home again in the afternoon.   

This program will be voluntary and students that will not be bringing an iPad to use in school will be able to access shared iPads in their class.  These iPads are not permitted to leave school grounds and will be shared with other students in the class where required. Only iPads are able to be brought.  Android and Windows devices are not acceptable.

 

The iPads must be in a drop-proof case. 

iPads in School

In the past few years, a broad range of schools in Western Australia have chosen to introduce 1:1 BYOD laptops or iPads. These programs have a parent funded (via lease or purchase) device that is used by their child at school as a tool to support their learning.

Hannans Primary School has 140 iPads used in the school currently and is in the process of upgrading a number of computers from Kindy to Year 6.  Currently classes share iPads in the different blocks with approximately 6 - 8 iPads per class.  We utilise smartboards, TVs, robotic devices, Windows notebooks and more as we prepare our students for the future. Whilst many may know YouTube and games, our students need to learn, work and create on technology for a range of purposes. 

 Unfortunately, whilst we have the above resources, funding the sufficient number of iPads to supply our students with is not sustainable.  As such we are considering a voluntary, parent-funded BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) 1:1 iPad program for middle, and later upper, primary students. This means that parents/guardians who are willing to participate will be asked to purchase or lease an iPad for their child to use, or bring an existing iPad. 

ZuluDesk, iPad Security and the ZuluDesk Parent App

In order to make student use of the iPads as safe and secure as possible, all iPads that are going to be in the program will need to be enrolled in our ZuluDesk MDM.  For a $15 per year fee, this provides all of the required apps students need and gives teachers and parents increased control over how the iPad is used. This requires the iPads to be blank (new or wiped) and allows teachers to manage how the iPads are used at school. 

Supervising and enrolling the iPads in ZuluDesk MDM enables teachers to use the Apple Classroom function and ZuluDesk Teacher apps. These empower the teacher to set what app is being used, manage the class, see and monitor what is being used on each iPad during school, as well as improve how effectively iPads can be used in the classroom.

Enrolling in ZuluDesk provides parents with a ZuluDesk Parent app which allows parents to monitor and control what games, social media and communication apps their children use outside of school.  More information is available in the ZuluDesk brochure and FAQ.

 

 

Why is the school proposing the iPads and not tablets?

  • iPads are a light, highly portable and stable device. It was the most effective option for our school context and infrastructure, and for use in teaching and learning. 
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  • By ensuring all devices are consistent, that all devices are iPads, the school can focus on our students’ learning.  Multiple types of tablets would mean that classes spend time troubleshooting and on technical differences instead of on their learning.
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  • iPads are the more secure and stable option which allow students to access technology with a higher degree of safety and effectiveness. 
  • Apple has an Education team that provides support and professional learning. They have a system that enables schools to use them more safely and reliably.
  • Our current infrastructure supports iPads and a more secure use by our students. 
  • Our teachers are using iPads in classrooms now for learning and engaging in further professional learning to improve the way we teach using this technology.

 1:1 iPad Program Decisions and Timelines

We have sent out information to the parents/caregivers of the students who will be in Years 3 or 4 next year, as well as making the information available for the whole school community. The school will hold a parent information session about the initiative at school in Term 3.  Feedback from parents will be sought to find out if they intend to participate, are undecided or are opposed to this proposal.  A brief survey for Years 2 and 3 parents will be sent out in Term 4 which will be the decisive factor in whether this 1:1 iPad program goes forward. 

Our school community’s views and support are important to our school and a vital part of such a program’s success.  As with most things in a child’s education, it is with parental support that they are able to best succeed. 

More information about the program is available in a FAQ. 

Should the 1:1 program go ahead, parents are able to use an existing iPad or purchase a new one from their preferred store.  A purchasing portal through an Apple Education reseller will be set up giving access to discounted pricing. 

The school will also then hold information sessions for parents on different aspects of the iPads, depending on parent interest, on such topics as using iPads at home, setting restrictions and parental controls and using iPads for learning at home.  

 

We look forward to working with our school community as we go through this process and as we look at how technology is utilised in our students’ education.

Should the 1:1 program go ahead, parents are able to use an existing iPad or purchase a new one from their preferred store.  A purchasing portal through an Apple Education reseller will be set up giving access to discounted pricing. 

The school will also then hold information sessions for parents on different aspects of the iPads, depending on parent interest, on such topics as using iPads at home, setting restrictions and parental controls and using iPads for learning at home.

We look forward to working with our school community as we go through this process and as we look at how technology is utilised in our students’ education.