Storage will always be limited and managing this is a life skill we want students to learn.
We recommend the Wi-Fi only model as all Internet traffic will then go through the College’s filtered network.
Yes, as long as your current iPad meets the minimum specifications and is used first and foremost as your child's personal learning device.
To identify your iPad model, you will need the model number which can be found in Settings > General > About > Model. You can then google that number to identify the iPad or use this link to look it up.
The operating system must be iOS11 as a minimum, later versions are also accepted.
To check your iOS, tap Settings > General > About > Version.
Apps are purchased through the app store on the iPad. You will need an Apple ID (sometimes called an iTunes Account) to purchase apps.
Before you create a new Apple ID, find out if you already have one.
If you don't have an Apple ID, you need to create one before you can start using the App Store and iBook Store. Learn more about setting up an Apple ID.
Ordinarily, students will not be required to download apps at school. Any apps required in addition to the ones prescribed on the student resources list will be communicated to parents well in advance of them being needed for a classroom learning activity so that it can be downloaded at home within the family Apple ID arrangements. We also recommend that you look at Family Sharing to manage apps across all family iPads and iOS devices. Learn more about family sharing.
To assist in providing a smooth start for your child, please ensure all of the apps and iBooks are installed prior to the end of January.
Yes, students are allowed to have their own digital content (ie apps, music etc), space permitting, and as long as it’s age appropriate, in line with college values and the law and isn’t interfering with their learning. The iPad used at school is primarily for learning and should always have the required college apps installed at all times.
It is very important and expected. Even the most diligent student can make mistakes. There are many cases available and the best cases cover both the back and front of the iPad. We recommend that you look at and compare cases to arrive at your decision.
You can use iTunes on a computer or iCloud (a paid service) to back up and restore content on your iPad.
Your child’s teachers will use the learning tools and resources that best suit their learning goals.
The iPad is a personal learning tool in the same way as books, pens and other equipment. You and your child are responsible for caring for, charging and backing up the iPad.
As the iPad is a personal learning device, it will need to go home with your child.
Apple’s Find My iPhone facility is an effective way to track the location of an iPhone or iPad.
Be considerate of insurance and check with your existing home and contents cover provider as some insurers will include iPads and others may not. We recommend that you look at and compare your options to arrive at your decision for insurance and warranties.
Whilst the iPad is a significant initial investment, over time the savings in terms of additional physical resources are very favourable.
Should I be concerned about over use of technology?
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.
As the iPads are personally owned by the students and their families, the College cannot provide any insurance cover for loss or damage just as it does not with students books, school bags or school uniforms or any other personal items. However, upon having done some research with a number of private insurers, it is recommended that parents inquire with their personal home and contents insurers as a number of policies may cover loss, theft and damage of personal mobile devices.
Alternatively, Apple has AppleCare+ for iPads which covers accidental damage of iPads.
If you have a question that is not answered here, please email our Digital Directions Group. The Digital Directions Group is an Overnewton ongoing working party overseen by the two Heads of Campus.
Overnewton has joined Apple’s Family Funded Program. This program will enable Overnewton families to receive a nominal discount when purchasing Apple products from an Apple store.