All things, no matter how good, can be used excessively and this may lead to problems: food (obesity), exercise (exhaustion or injury), reading (eye strain) and technology. In all things, therefore, moderation in use is important and iPads are no different. We do not require the students to use their iPads all the time; it is important that they engage in other activities. Research shows that there are issues regarding excessive passive consumption (eg. watching low grade YouTube videos for long periods) whereas use in a collaborative and creative educational context will have positive effects.
Poor posture and associated strain are generally the product of fixed body position for an extended period of time. This can be an issue when reading a book or writing with paper and pen. iPads are mobile and light, which means they can be used in a wide variety of postures. It is easier to shift positions while remaining engaged. We will regularly speak to the students to raise their awareness of the importance of good posture.
iPads will not replace handwriting. Students will be involved in many different learning activities that will require a variety of methods of communication, including handwriting.
Health and safety of children and staff at the college is of paramount importance. According to national and international authorities including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian Radiation Protection And Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), "there is no established scientific evidence showing that the low exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy from Wi-Fi adversely affects the health of children or the general population”. Further, ARPANSA have stated that “on the basis of current scientific information, ARPANSA sees no reason why Wi-Fi should not continue to be used in schools and in other places.”