What kind of iPad can my child use?
The student's iPad will need to be running the latest version of iOS and be at least a 16GB capacity for school use, however, a 32gb model is preferred.
Families have the choice to purchase any model or version of the iPad. i.e can be full sized or mini.
The minimum iPad requirement includes all iPads from iPad 3 and onwards.
Does my child need a 4g or wifi only model?
The school has a comprehensive wifi system that students connect to. Most families also have wifi internet at home, therefor, a wifi only model is adequate.
Can my child use my Apple ID to download apps?
It is not recommended that students use an existing Apple ID for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is that students need access to the password to enable them to download apps and books that may be needed in class. Often students find free apps that suit the tasks set in class or teachers might require students to download free books for lessons.
How will the iPads be used at school?
At St Albans Meadows, the iPad or any other piece of technology are seen as learning tools. Students will use the devices to complete tasks that have been prepared and directed by their teachers. Students will not use their iPads while unsupervised nor will the iPads be used to play games.
My child already has an iPad, can they use that at school?
Yes, as long as it an iPad 3 or newer! Many students already have an iPad at home and we are happy for students to use their existing iPads. The one consideration for families who already have an iPad is that the student will need their own Apple ID for education purposes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked question that have been asked in relation to our 1:1 iPad program. If you have a question that is not answered in this section, please feel to ask the school.
Why isn't the school offering an iPad lease?
The school has spent a lot of time looking into a range of iPad lease options for families. All of the lease programs that were investigated ended up being either more expensive in the long run and required the families to pay a costly exit fee if families wanted to buy the iPad at the end of the lease. Another major reason is that if students and families own their iPads, then the students are able to take them home everyday and have access to the learning resources that are shared in class. Students are then free to take their iPads with them to high school once they move on to Year 7.
Will the students use the iPads all of the time?
No. Students will not use their iPads for every single task while at school. The iPad will be used as a learning tool along with other existing tools that are available at school. Teachers plan and deliver a range of lessons that require different tools, the iPad is just one of them.
How much does my child need to use their iPads at home for homework?
The level of homework given to students will vary depending on a range of factors, however, your child should not need to use their iPad for homework purposes for more than an hour a night. If you feel as though your child is spending too much time on their iPad for homework tasks, please feel free to check the homework task with their teacher.
What if I need to take away the iPad as a punishment?
We understand that the iPad can be used as a motivational tool at home and that there may be times when the iPad might have to be removed from the student. In these cases, please send a note to your child's teacher to inform them and negotiate an arrangement that allows the student to complete work at school. The school will be happy to assist and support parents in this matter.