Junior School Tablet Programme FAQ for Parents

Over the past decade the College has embraced a variety of technology related developments to ensure that we keep pace with the ever changing world in which we and our students live and work. At the beginning of term two 2014, the College will provide all Year 5 and 6 students with a tablet computer for their use at school and at home (as required by the class teacher). At the beginning of 2015 we saw this programme expanded to include Years 3 and 4 students and in 2016 we further expanded the program to include Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students.
 
Understandably parents and students have many questions about the implementation of this programme so we have compiled a list of the common questions and their answers below.
 
Why are we doing this?
We believe that technology provides new opportunities to engage and educate students that have not before been possible. Ubiquitous access to technology will also make it easier for our teachers to meet and exceed the requirements of changing curriculums as well as allowing us to prepare students for work or further studies beyond their time here at Arndell.
 
What kind of table will my child be provided with?
The College has selected the iPad Air and iPad Mini for the programme. The tablet has the following technical specifications:
  • Wifi connectivity
  • 32GB storage
  • Retina display
  • Protective case

How much does the iPad weigh?
The iPad Air is 469 grams in weight, about the same weight as a textbook.

How long will the battery last?
The iPad we have selected has a battery life of around 10 hours. The number of hours of usage from a battery also depends on the type of usage. With a full charge the iPad should last much longer than the duration of a school day before requiring a recharge. The College has purchased charging docks which have been installed in each classroom.
 
Can my child use a tablet other than the College provided tablet at school?
Unfortunately not. You can think of the tablet as part of the school uniform. In the same way students aren’t allowed to wear jeans to school instead of the school trousers or skirts, students will not be permitted to bring a tablet to school other than the College provided one. This ensures all students have equal access to technology and that our IT staff and systems can more easily cope with the demand of the programme.
 
What support are teaching staff to be provided with to make the most of the tablet programme?
Teaching staff will be provided with regular, scheduled training sessions on using different technology tools and software. Some of this training will be pedagogically focused as well.
 
Are tablets going to be used in every lesson?
No. The iPad is just one tool in the educator’s toolbox and so will only be required when the classroom teacher feels that it is appropriate.
 
Will we have to contribute to the student tablet programme and if so then how much?
To ensure the long-term sustainability of the programme parents will be required to make a contribution to the programme by way of a technology levy, already included in the standard service levy.
 
Are the tablets insured?
Yes, the tablets will be insured for accidental damage and loss. A small excess of $125 is payable in the event of accidental damage. A larger excess of $250 is payable in the event of the total destruction or complete loss of the tablet. 
 
What happens if my child loses their tablet or it is stolen?
If the tablet is lost or stolen then students will be provided with a short-term loan device. NSW Police will need to be notified in the event of the tablet being stolen while outside the College campus. An incident number will need to be provided to the College. An excess of $250 will be chargeable to replace the tablet.
 
Who owns the tablet?
The finance company used by the College retains ownership of the tablet at all times.
 
How long will my child keep their tablet?
Depending on which year level a student is in they will keep the tablet for up to three years. This ensures students will always have a reliable, functioning tablet equipped with the latest technology.
 
Can we purchase the tablet at the end of the two or three year period or when my child leaves the school?
Unfortunately not. The tablets are leased and as such need to be returned to the leasing company at the loan period.
 
Does the tablet have to be taken home every day?
No. The classroom teacher will decide on what days it is appropriate to take the tablet home to complete homework or other tasks. Only students in Stage 3 (Year 5 and 6) are permitted to take their tablets home at the class teacher's discretion.
 
Will use of the tablet be monitored at school and at home?
All internet use both onsite and offsite is logged and filtered for access to inappropriate content. A report listing is automatically generated each day listing students who have attempted to access restricted content. Any incidents are followed up through the appropriate channels.
 
What happens if the tablet stops working?
The IT Services department is responsible for resolving issues with student tablets and other technology at the College. Technical support is provided to students before school, after school and at recess and lunch-time. If an issue with a student tablet cannot be resolved straight away and it is preventing the student from completing their schoolwork then the student will be provided with a temporary spare.
 

What apps are included on the iPad?
Different classes and year groups use different apps. Some of the common apps that are included with the iPads are

 

Kindergarten Year 1 Year 2 Years 3-4 Years 5-6
Book Creator 
ChatterPix Kids
Duolingo 
iBooks
Pages
Paper by Fifty Three
Pic Collage 
Popplet lite
Puppet Pals HD Director’s Pass
QR Reader for iPad
Seesaw: The Learning Journal 
Showbie 
Strip Designer
TeleStory
Mathletics 
Felt Board 
Blobble Write HD
Book Creator 
ChatterPix Kids
Cloudart
Duolingo 
iBooks
Pages
Paper by Fifty Three
Pic Collage 
Popplet
Puppet Pals HD Director’s Pass
QR Reader for iPad
Seesaw: The Learning Journal 
Showbie 
Strip Designer
TeleStory
Mathletics 
Felt Board
 
Blobble Write HD
Book Creator 
Calculator 
ChatterPix Kids
Cloudart 
Duolingo 
Green Screen by Do Ink
iBooks
Pages
Paper by Fifty Three
Pic Collage 
Popplet lite
Puppet Pals HD Director’s Pass
Seesaw: The Learning Journal 
QR Reader for iPad
Showbie 
Stop Motion Studio 
Strip Designer
TeleStory
Mathletics 
iMovie
 
ibooks
Mathletics
Strip design
Imovie
Showbie
Pages
Book creator
Edmodo
Garageband
Adobe mix
Prezi
DoInk Greenscreen
Seesaw
QR Reader
Google Earth
Telestory
Skitch
Cloudart
Popplet
Puppetpals HD Director’s Pass
Pic Collage
Paper 53
Tellegami
Chatterpix
Stop Motion
Thinglink
Wilderquest
Keynote
Duolingo
Dropbox
 
Adobe Photoshop Mix
Adobe Slate
Adobe Voice
Aurasma
Australia’s House of Representatives
Bible
Book Creator (paid version)
Calculator
Canva
Chatterpix Kids
Cloudart
Dropbox
Duolingo 
Garageband
Google Earth
Green Screen by Doink
iBooks
iTranslate
Notability
Numbers
Pages
Paper by 53
Photomapo
Pic collage
Poppet lite
Prezi
Puppet Pals HD directors Pass 
QR Code for iPad
Seesaw
Showbie
Skitch
Stop motion Studio
Strip Designer
Telestory
Tellagami (free version)
Thinglink
Mathletics
iMovie
Edmodo
Touchcast
Keynote
Photoshop Touch (Year 6 only)

 

 
How can I find out more about the programme?
If you have any further questions relating to the programme then please contact Mr. Nathan Mares Head of IT Services at the College on 02 4572 3633.