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Parent FAQ’s

1 to 1 Device Program


What is a one-to-one program?
One-­‐to-­‐one   (1   to   1)   learning   provides   every   student   and   teacher   access   to   his   or   her   own   mobile   device   in   a   wireless   environment  allowing  students  to  learn  at  their  own  pace  and   ability   levels.   One-­‐to-­‐one   initiatives   have   gained   momentum   worldwide,  and  are  increasingly  seen  as  a  key  to  transforming   education  and  better  preparing  students  to  succeed  in  a  global   world.     In   the   one-­‐to-­‐one   program,   students'   access   to   a   personal   mobile  device  (such  as  an  iPad)  and  the  Internet  enables  them   to   be   self-­‐directed   and   receive   highly   personalised   instruction.   Teachers   can   create   personalised   learning   opportunities   for   each   child,   addressing   his   or   her   unique   needs.   Students   use   their   personal   devices   to   research,   complete   homework   and   academic  coursework,  access  reading  material,  manage  notes   and   calendars,   problem-­‐solve,   collaborate   on   team   projects   and   communicate   via   email.   At   the   same   time,   they   gain   valuable   21st   century   skills   that   will   be   beneficial   throughout   their  lives  and  careers.     These  Frequently  Asked  Questions  try  to  address  some  of  the   most   common   questions   parents   have   in   relation   to   a   1   to   1   program.    

Why iPads instead of laptops?
Students  already  have  access  to  shared  laptops  at  school.    As  a   personal   device,   the   iPad   is   more   relevant   and   suitable   for   students   of   this   age.     It   is   lighter,   more   mobile,   more   robust   and  durable  with  no  moveable  parts.    With  no  hinged  screen,   which   may   act   as   a   barrier,   the   iPad   is   often   more   suited   to   collaborative   activities.   The   iPad   camera   in   particular,   an   invaluable   tool   for   learning,   can   be   used   in   more   versatile   ways   than   a   laptop   camera,   as   the   iPad   is   more   easily   handled   and  manipulated.         The   iPad   offers   students   at   this   level   all   of   the   necessary   learning   management   tools,   communication   and   creation   tools,   access   to   information   and   learning   applications,   at   less   than  half  the   cost  of  a  laptop.    It  is  also  easier  to  manage  from   a  technical  perspective  with  a  very  intuitive  operating  system,   making  it  more  accessible  to  students  with  less  experience  or   confidence  in  navigating  a  computer  operating  system.    

Will students use their iPads ‘too much’ for schoolwork?
The   1   to   1   device   will   complement   the   existing   school   curriculum   by   providing   appropriate   digital   learning   tools   in   balance  with  traditional  learning  tools.     The   goals   of   the   curriculum   are   supported,   not   supplanted,  by   the   use   of   1   to   1   devices.   Students   will   use   their   devices   when   appropriate,  where  they  serve  a  real  purpose,  for  instance,  in   research,   record   keeping,   data   analysis   and   generating   presentations.     Wireless   access   will   allow   for   ‘just-­‐in-­‐time’   learning   where   students  can  search  for  information  or  collaborate  with  others   in  a  real-­‐time  context.  Students  will  be  able  to  use  their  school   files   at   home   and   be   able   to   collaborate   with   their   peers   on   projects.  

1 to 1 devices and student learning
Why iPads instead of computer labs?
Teachers   report   that   when   devices   are   located   in   labs,   they   use   technology   less   often   for   instruction   because   of   the   difficulty   of   scheduling   time   in   the   lab   and   transporting   students  there.     More   widespread   access   to   technology   makes   it   possible   for   students  and  teachers  in  schools  to  transition  from  occasional,   supplemental   use   of   computers   for   instruction   to   more   frequent,   integral   use   of   technology   across   a   multitude   of   settings.   Providing   students   with   ubiquitous   access   to   wirelessly   connected   devices   has   the   potential   to   transform   learning   environments   and   improve   student   learning   outcomes.     Furthermore,   access   to   personal   digital   learning   devices   from   home  makes  it  possible  for  students  to  access  a  wider  array  of   resources   to   support   their   learning   at   a   time   that   suits   themselves   and   their   family,   to   communicate   with   peers   and   their  teachers  as  they  need  to,  and  to  become  fluent  in  their   use  of  the  technological  tools  of  the  21st  century  workplace.  

How can 1 to 1 devices improve students’ learning?
With   greater   access   to   real-­‐time   information,   digital   learning   resources,   educational   software   and   collaborative   workspaces,   students   experience   higher   levels   of   motivation   and  engagement  in  their  learning.     Typically   students   experience   initial   improvement   in   areas   such   as   organisational   and   technological   skills,   revision,   writing   and   editing   work.   With   the   development   of   presentations   and   other   multimedia   projects,   students   experience   subsequent   improvement   in   analytical,   presentation  and  speaking  skills.     Involvement   in   ‘virtual   workspaces’   creates   opportunities   for   collaboration   and   communication,   improving   relationships   in  

Parent FAQ’s
1 to 1 Device Program
the  classroom  through  a  greater  level  of  interaction  between   students,  their  peers  and  their  teachers.     A   networked   environment,   where   it   is   easy   to   share   developing  work  and  research  with  peers  and  teachers,  is  the   environment   students   will   live   and   work   in   during   secondary   school  and  the  future.     Students   working   together   and   providing   solutions   to   real-­‐ world   problems   will   create   links   beyond   the   classroom   and   move   levels   of   thinking   beyond   a   simple   knowledge   framework  to  complex  analysis  and  evaluation.     Increased  levels  of  learning  both  in  and  out  of  school  with  an   emphasis   on   higher-­‐order   thinking,   creative   thinking   and   expression  will  be  promoted.


Education   and   support   are   important   for   maintaining   acceptable   use   of   devices,   particularly   in   relation   to   Internet   access.  Like  mobile  phones,  email  and  messaging  systems  can   be   used   for   unacceptable   purposes   and   to   bully   others.   It   is   essential   that   all   members   of   the   community,   students,   parents   and   staff   are   aware   of   this   potential   and   also   of   the   school’s  Bullying  and  Acceptable  Use  policies.  Any  incident  of   bullying   or   unacceptable   use   will   be   investigated   and   dealt   with  in  accordance  with  these  policies.     The   school   will   provide   parents   with   a   copy   of   “A   Parent’s   Guide   to   Internet   Safety”   produced   by   the   Australian   Government’s   Net   Alert   (Australia’s   internet   safety   advisory   body),   which   contains   further   useful   information,   advice   and   resources  for  parents.  

Will learning outcomes be evaluated differently?
Students  will  continue  to  be  evaluated  against  the  Queensland   and/or   National   Curricula.   The   devices   complement   the   existing   school   curriculum   by   providing   digital   learning   tools   that  link  in  with  planned  classroom  activities.  Wireless  access   at   school   will   foster   collaboration   and   teamwork,   allowing   students   to   search   for   information   together   and   share   the   learning  experience.  

What about handwriting?
Handwriting  will  continue  to  have  a  place  in  the  classroom  as   well  as  the  use  of  the  keyboard.  

Won’t students be able to ‘cheat’ by using the spell checker?
The   spell   checker   is   a   tool   to   allow   students   immediate   feedback   on   the   correct   spelling   of   words   they   use.   It   supplements   the   existing   school   spelling   program,   but   does   not  replace  it.  

How will 1 to 1 devices be used in the classroom?
Ours  is  a  technology-­‐rich  world  and  students  are  immersed  in   digital   technology   in   their   out-­‐of-­‐school   lives.   The   use   of   devices   in   the   classroom   will   evolve   over   time   as   students   and   teachers   become   more   familiar   and   therefore   better   able   to   optimise   the   advantage   of   their   use   to   support   teaching   and   learning  in  the  classroom.     Staff  and  students  will  collaborate  and  use  the  device  as  a  tool   that  develops  the  student  as  information  seeker,  analyser  and   evaluator,   problem-­‐solver   and   decision   maker.   They   will   use   programs   to   create   ways   in   which   to   communicate   their   findings  and  become  publishers  of  their  own  work.    

What if students play on the devices during the school day instead of going outside during break times?
The   devices   will   provide   additional   support   for   student   learning,   and   therefore   students   will   be   supervised,   as   they   would  be  for  any  learning  activity.  Use  of  1  to  1  devices  during   break   times   will   be   restricted   to   the   school   library   space,   where  use  can  be  supervised.  Students  will  add  their  names  to   a  register  when  using  the  device  in  the  library  at  break  times.   If   this   use   is   deemed   excessive   over   time,   appropriate   restrictions  can  be  negotiated  between  the  class  teacher  and   the  students’  parents.  

What about safe Internet use?
Students  are  offered  a  device  to  facilitate  anytime,  anywhere   learning.   Teachers   will   supervise   students   as   they   would   for   any   learning   activity   as   they   create   and   maintain   a   safe,   comfortable  and  learning-­‐focused  classroom.  Appropriate  use   of   the   Internet   service   within   the   BCE   network   is   closely   monitored   by   a   filtering   system   that   allows   for   inappropriate   content  blocking  by  a  regularly  updated  list  of  categories  and   sites.   This   does   not   apply   to   use   of   devices   outside   of   the   school  network.    

How will parents continue to be informed about integration of 1 to 1 devices into the curriculum?
St   Catherine’s   newsletter   will   provide   updates   to   the   whole   school   community   about   the   use   of   the   devices   by   students   and   teachers   in   and   out   of   the   classroom.     For   families   of   students   in   the   1   to   1   classes,   ongoing   parent   information   evenings   when   required   will   assist   parents   with   the   management   and   use   of   the   device   at   home.   Class   websites   and  blog  posts  will  also  keep  families  regularly  updated  about   how  the  devices  are  being  used  at  school.    

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Student safety and online privacy
Will children be safe carrying 1 to 1 devices?
Overseas  research  has  shown  that  insurance  companies  report   very   few   incidents   while   students   travel   to   and   from   school.   Students   should   be   specifically   warned   not   to   take   the   devices   out  in  public  (including  on  public  transport),  and  to  carry  them   in   a   protective   cover,   which   should   be   placed   within   their   school  bags.    

extra   charge,   as   the   iTunes   account   holder   owns   them   and   a   purchase  record  remains  online.    

Which apps are required?
A   complete   list   of   the   apps   required   will   be   published   with   Book   Lists   in   Term   4,   2012.     There   may   be   additional   apps   required  from  time  to  time.    Teachers  will  make  every  attempt   to   provide   a   complete   list   each   term   and   to   maximise   the   notice  given  to  parents  if  new  installations  are  required  during   term.  Costs  for  required  apps  will  be  kept  to  a  minimum  and   total  cost  of  required  apps  will  not  exceed  $50  over  the  year.     Free   app   alternatives   will   often   be   listed   when   paid   apps   are   recommended.    

Are these devices going to add to the heavy loads students carry from home to school?
The   device   has   been   deliberately   chosen   for   a   number   of   reasons,   including   its   weight   specifications.   The   device   will   alleviate  the  need  for  students  to  carry  calculators,  textbooks   and   a   large   number   of   exercise   books,   further   reducing   the   weight   of   items   students   need   to   carry   to   school.   The   device   should   not   be   packed   into   the   bottom   of   an   oversized   backpack  with  other  books  and  items,  because  this  can  lead  to   a  compression  fracture  of  the  screen.  

Which iPad model is preferred?
Families  will  have  a  choice  of  several  models.    Both  the  iPad  2   (available   in   16GB   wi-­‐fi   only)   and   the   new   iPad   (3)   are   acceptable.    The  iPad  must  have:   • Front  and  rear  facing  cameras.   • Battery   life   to   exceed   6   hours   over   the   two-­‐year   period.   • Restrictions   configured   for   safe   use.   Information   about   optimal   settings   will   be   provide   to   parents   as   well   as   optional   information   meetings   during   which   parents   will   be   taken   step   by   step   through   this   process.   • 3G  capability  is  NOT  permitted  at  school       School   personnel   will   install   a   wireless   certificate   on   the   device   just   prior   to   the   commencement   of   Term   1,   2013,   to   allow   Internet   access   via   the   St   Catherine’s   wireless   network   while  the  device  is  at  school.       Students   will   have   day-­‐to-­‐day   responsibility   for   the   device   including  management  and  care,  both  at  school  and  at  home.    

Will the student files on the device be private?
Students   can   expect   their   device   to   be   periodically   inspected   and   monitored   for   appropriate   usage.   School   personnel   may   request   access   to   the   browser   history   as   well   as   any   and   all   files   belonging   to   the   student   resident   on   the  iPad   as   well   as   stored   on   SharePoint   sites,   Dropboxes   and   BCE   web   based   drives.   Students   and   parents   need   to   be   aware   that   files   stored  locally  or  on  SharePoint  sites  and  BCE  web  based  drives   are  not  private.      

Hardware and Apps
Who manages installing the apps?
The   iPad   will   be   owned   and   managed   by   students   and   their   parents.   The   school   will   provide   information   guidelines   for   families   on   recommended   procedures,   including   step-­‐by-­‐step   instructions  and  optional  face-­‐to-­‐face  workshop  opportunities.         Parents  will  create  an  iTunes  account  for  the  student,  using  an   iTunes   gift   card   (recommended)   or   credit   card.   The   iTunes   account  can  be  created  and  managed  on  the  iPad  itself,  or  on   a   home   computer   (Mac   or   Windows).   Similarly,   apps   can   be   installed   to   the   account   either   from   a   home   computer   or   directly  from  the  device.    Even  if  the  device  is  lost  or  damaged,   or   apps   inadvertently   deleted,   apps   can   be   reinstalled   at   no  

What Warranty and Support Options are available?

  Beyond   initial   configuration   and   setup   of   the   device,   the   school   cannot   provide   technical   support.     Every   iPad   comes   with   complimentary   telephone   technical   support   for   90   days   from  your  iPad  purchase  and  a  one-­‐year  limited  warranty.       With   the   AppleCare   Protection   Plan,   you   can   extend   your   service   coverage   to   two   years   from   the   iPad   purchase   date.   You  can  also  call  Apple's  technical  support  experts  as  often  as   you  like  and  get  your  questions  answered.  If  you  need  repair   service,   Apple   offers   several   service   options.   You   can   read   more  information  about  AppleCare  Protection  for  iPad  here:    

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1 to 1 Device Program
Should the protected? device be password-


The  iPad  can  be  configured  to  lock  when  the  screen  turns  off.     The   user   is   then   prompted   for   a   4-­‐digit   passcode   before   the   device   can   be   unlocked   and   ready   for   use.   Setting   of   a   passcode   is   a   decision   to   be   made   by   the   student   and   their   parents.   A   passcode-­‐protected   device   may   help   protect   students’  personal  information  in  incidents  of  loss  or  theft.       iTunes   account   holders   automatically   gain   access   to   iCloud.     One   of   the   features   of   iCloud,   “Find   My   iPhone”   enables   the   account-­‐holder   to   locate   a   device   if   it   is   lost   or   misplaced,   as   long   as   the   device   is   turned   on   and   connected   to   a   wireless   network.     Further   information   about   how   to   enable   this   feature  will  be  provided  by  the  school.

required  resource,  if  it  is  not  available  during  school  activities   the  student’s  involvement,  engagement  and  progress  may  be   detrimentally  affected.  Developing  good  organisational  habits   is  an  important  aspect  of  learning  management.    

Home use of devices
The school monitors usage at school, but who monitors it at home?
That   is   the   responsibility   of   the   parents.   When   off   school   grounds,  parents  have  full  authority  to  monitor  device  usage.   Examples  of  this  may  include:   • Encourage   use   in   a   family   room   and   not   in   the   bedroom     • Restrict   use   at   certain   times   of   the   evening   or   weekend   • Advise  not  to  take  on  long  trips,  and   • Frequently   examine   the   documents   and   other   contents  of  the  device   • Keep   the   iTunes   account   password   secure   and   not   enable   the   student   to   install   apps   or   make   in-­‐app   purchases.  

Where do the devices go when not in use?
When  not  in  use,  the  devices  should  be  in  a  student’s  tidy  tray.     Classrooms   are   locked   when   the   classes   are   not   occupying   the   room.   An   unattended   device   around   buildings   or   school   grounds  will  be  picked  up  immediately  by  a  staff  member  and   treated  as  a  lost  item.    

What about flat batteries? Will students ‘plug in’ in the classrooms?
Students   are   expected   to   charge   the   device   overnight   and   to   bring   it   fully   charged   to   school   each   day.   Chargers   are   to   remain  at  home.  Fully  charged  iPad  batteries  will  not  need  to   be   recharged   during   the   school   day.   There   may   be   a   spare   charger   available   in   the   classroom   for   emergency   situations   but  remaining  tethered  to  the  wall  while  using  the  iPad  could   be  detrimental  to  students’  full  involvement  in  class  activities.      

How can students access the Internet from home?
BCE   does   not   supply   home   Internet   connection.   There   is   no   mandated   expectation   that   Internet   access   is   available   at   home.  If  there  is  existing  wireless  Internet  provision  at  home,   a  device  can  be  easily  configured  for  access.  

How can devices be used at home?
Examples   of   home   use   for   which   Internet   access   would   be   required  include:   • Using   online   collaborative   websites   such   as   class   blogs,  wikis  and  potential  online  conferences   • Using  email     • Use  of  some  apps  which  require  internet  connection   to  enable  functionality   • Completion  of  homework  using  online  resources.     Examples   of   home   use   for   which   Internet   access   would   not   be   required  include:   • Using   any   of   the   iWork   apps,   eBooks   which   are   already  installed,  note-­‐taking  or  pdf  annotation  apps   • Using   other   apps   which   do   not   require   internet   access   • Working   with   audio,   picture   or   video   files   on   the   devices    

What about equipment breakdown or if a student forgets to bring their iPad to school?
Although   iPads   are   robust   and   reliable,   the   reality   is   that   sometimes   things   will   go   wrong.   Hardware   faults   covered   under   warranty   should   be   repaired   within   several   days.   The   parents  will  arrange  warranty  repairs  directly  with  Apple,  not   through  the  school.     The   school   will   provide   a   bank   of   spare   16GB   wi-­‐fi   iPads,   installed   with   all   required   apps,   which   can   be   signed   in   and   out   of   service   when   a   student’s   iPad   requires   repair.   This   means  that  a  student  may  have  access  to  an  iPad  at  all  times,   although   any   files   stored   locally   on   their   personal   device   will   not  be  accessible  during  service  periods.       The   school   will   not   provide   a   device   to   students   who   have   forgotten   to   bring   their   own   to   school.     Like   any   other  

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What sort of protective cover should I purchase for the iPad?


  This  is  completely  up  to  you  and  your  child.    A  wide  range  of   cover   choices   will   make   it   easier   for   your   child   to   recognise   their   own   device.   When   purchasing,   consider   how   the   cover   will   protect   the   iPad   base   and   screen   from   scratches.     Protective  films  can  be  applied  to  the  screen  but  these  tend  to   scratch   more   easily   than   the   glass   and   have   to   be   carefully   applied  or  the  bubbles  that  form  can  detract  from  the  clarity   of  the  screen  image.     It   is   important   that   the   iPad   cover   does   not   inhibit   the   functioning   of   cameras   and   speakers.   Holes   for   the   cameras   should   be   large   enough   to   avoid   the   cover   shading   or   obscuring  the  camera  lens.  Ideally  the  cover  should  be  able  to   fold  away  for  easy  manipulation  of  the  iPad,  without  obscuring   the  rear  camera.     Adequate  and  reasonably  priced  iPad  covers  can  be  purchased   online.     Many   iPad   covers   contain   magnets   that   activate   the   screen   when   opened   and   switch   it   off   when   closed,   which   can   help   conserve  battery  charge.   It   can   be   helpful   to   read   reviews   of   different   covers   before   deciding  which  features  will  best  suit  your  child’s  needs.      

Your   child   required   an   iPad   with   Wi-­‐Fi,   functioning   front   and   rear   cameras   and   a   minimum   of   6   hours   battery   life   (the   length  of  a  school  day).  If  you  choose  to  purchase  a  3G  model   rather   than   “Wi-­‐Fi   only”,   please   ensure   that   no   sim   card   is   inserted  for  use  at  school.   The   iPad   2   and   the   new   iPad   are   very   similar   in   engineering.   They   have   identical   battery   life   and   “Gorilla   glass”   touch   screen  with  scratch  resistant  coating.  The  differences  between   the  two  models  are  as  follows:   •   The   iPad   3   has   a   faster   chip   although   the   extra   processing   speed   is   necessary   to   drive   the   high   resolution   Retina   display.   The   iPad   2   display   is   more   than   adequate   for   school  requirements.     •   The  iPad  2  is  slightly  thinner  (6mm)  and  lighter  (51g)   than  the  new  iPad.     •   The   new   iPad   has   a   full   HD   rear   camera.   The   iPad   2   camera  is  more  than  adequate  for  school  use.   •   The   new   iPad   features   Voice   Dictation   via   an   integrated   dictation   tool   built   into   the   onscreen   keyboard.   This   allows   speech   to   text   input   as   an   alternative   to   typing.   To   access   a   similar   function   on   the   iPad   2,   you   can   install   a   free   3rd   party   app   such   as   “Dragon   Dictation”.   This   method   may   require  copying  and  pasting  text  between  apps.      

Do I need to purchase any peripherals?

  Your   child   will   need   earbuds   or   earphones.   No   other   peripherals  are  required  at  this  stage  for  school  use.  Bluetooth   keyboards   can   be   quite   expensive.   If   students   want   to   type   long  documents,  they  will  be  able  to  access  a  laptop  computer   at  school  for  these  tasks.  A  decent  stylus  can  cost  more  than   $25.  Students  may  wish  to  develop  handwriting  skills  for  iPad   and  a  stylus  is  handy  for  accurate  writing  and  drawing,  but  it  is   certainly  not  a  requirement  at  this  stage.  Also,  a  stylus  can  be   very   easily   misplaced   so   we   would   prefer   that   if   purchased,   these   items   stay   at   home.   The   school   will   provide   a   few   for   students  to  use  at  school  if  the  need  arises.      

Should I have my child’s iPad engraved?

  A   sticky   label   on   the   back   of   the   iPad   and   a   clearly   named   cover   should   be   adequate   means   of   identifying   iPad   owners.     Unless   engraving   is   done   through   Apple,   this   may   void   any   warranty  on  the  device.    

Which iPad model should I purchase?

  We  appreciate  the  significant  investment  that  you  are  making   by   purchasing   an   iPad   for   your   child’s   education.   While   your   Year  5  child  needs  priority  use  of  the  iPad  as  an  essential  tool   for   learning   during   school   terms   from   next   year,   we   understand   that   you   may   wish   to   maximise   your   investment   during  family  holidays.  The  choice  is  yours.  Whichever  model   you   choose,   once   the   iPad   is   placed   in   its   cover   there   will   be   no  discernable  difference.  

“Learning  will  not  take  place   only  inside  schools  and   colleges,  but  in  communities,   workplaces  and  families.  The   shift  to  thinking  about  learning   beyond  the  classroom  requires   a  shift  in  our  thinking  about  the   fundamental  organizational   unit  of  education…from  the   school,  an  institution  where   learning  is  organized,  defined   and  contained…   …to  the  learner,  an  intelligent   agent  with  the  potential  to   learn  from  any  and  all  of  her   encounters  with  the  world   around  her.”   Tom Bentley, DEMOS