iPad rollout plan
2020: commencing in year 4
2021: year 4 and 5
2022: year 4, 5 and 6
At Albany Creek State School, we are dedicated to transforming teaching and learning through the use of technology.
We value and nurture creativity and collaborative thinking; attributes that prepare our students to become confident digital citizens within a globally connected society.
Every Student Succeeding | State Schools Strategy 2018-2022
“Every student succeeding” is the shared vision of Queensland state schools. To ensure every student is supported to belong, engage purposefully in learning and experience academic success, the Queensland state school vision is used to shape both regional and school planning.
Queensland priorities – our future state
Our rapidly changing world is generating new social, personal and learning demands on students. Queensland schools are responding to this change by creating inclusive school communities that nurture wellbeing and build student skills needed for their future. Skillsets include preparing students with knowledge, skills and confidence to participate successfully in the economy and broader community.
Students engaged and creating their future
Preparing every student to move beyond the school gate and successfully transitioning to work or further study is everybody’s responsibility. Teachers, school leaders, students, parents and industry are partnering to make sure every student has a pathway to participation in the knowledge-based economy. A diverse curriculum underpinned by literacy and numeracy is the key to setting students up for the changing world. We are supporting students to be digitally savvy, creative and critical thinkers, and active and informed citizens with intercultural competence.
Albany Creek State School’s approach to digital technology transforms traditional teaching and learning activities. Integrating both written and multimodal lessons is at the core of what we do. Teachers are finding technology accommodates individual learning styles and students are more engaged in lesson content. Screen time usage in each classroom will vary depending on the learning program for the day. Written work will still be used when it is the best mode for the teaching and learning activity. Our blended learning environments empower students to achieve.
Benefits of the iLearn byo iPad program
Our world is becoming increasingly digitised and technologies are transforming learning, recreational activities, home life and work – even NAPLAN testing has become digitised. Preparing students for navigating 21st century digital systems and teaching them about becoming respectable global citizens is the responsibility of our school community. The Australian National Curriculum acknowledges technology is critical to the wellbeing and sustainability of the economy, the environment and society. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) is becoming a focus in all schools.
Student engagement and interest
Parents already know how enticing technology and screens are to their children. Likewise, our teachers are discovering the educational flexibility of iPads. Students receiving digitalised lessons frequently report them to be more engaging, interesting and exciting compared to more traditional lesson delivery. Teachers are also seeing improved student learning and knowledge retention. In a digital learning environment, students will be collaboratively addressing and resolving important issues, considering strategies, sharing resources, building a consensus and working with a shared purpose.
How digital technologies benefit students and teachers
At ACSS we embrace technology and promote digital literacy within a connected learning environment. Our students are regularly problem solving, co-operating, collaborating and self-reflecting, equipping them with 21st century workforce skills. With personalisation of student learning, digital technology also enables high productivity.
iPads provide the opportunity for teachers to create learning environments that are:
Students using digital technology are:
- Demonstrating their understanding by using a variety of digital resources and media
- Critically thinking, creating and innovating
- Receiving immediate feedback from both teachers and their peers
- Monitoring and owning their learning
- Working at their own level, at their own pace while being guided and supported by their teacher.
- Engaging in independent, whole class or small group learning and in our global community.
- Students who have continuous access to educational materials can share their digital work with families. This strengthens links between home and school by promoting communication on lesson content and student outcomes.
Benefits of using iPads (PDF. 1954KB).pdf
Teachers using digital technology are:
Providing flexible learning spaces where students choose where and how they learn, based on needs, interests, goals and individual learning styles.
Aligning learning intentions and the choice of learning activities enabling students to demonstrate personal learning.
Combining traditional classroom teaching with 21st century digital technologies by creating engaging digital workflows.
Enabling students to take ownership and accountability for their learning via regular check-ins and discussions with teacher, peers and whole-class about their progress.
Accessibility - “breaking down the blockers”
What if my child has significant learning needs?
Assistive technology is built into every iPad which enables teachers to better support students with their vision, hearing, motor skills, learning and literacy. With these features, students with significant learning needs are empowered to independently access and work with curriculum content and engage in learning activities with minimal fuss or interruptions to whole-class learning. iPads are transforming curriculum differentiation and inclusive practises.
Students with fine-motor challenges are embracing the opportunity to type rather than write. Students who once would only complete a small amount of writing are now producing extended typed tasks, enabling them to demonstrate their full potential.
Reading and writing:
Students who have reading and spelling challenges are empowered to engage in learning by using audio descriptions, voice to text apps and Siri for voice commands. All students are performing the same tasks as their peers with minimal disruptions to the flow of lessons.
Any student who struggles with maintaining attention for extended periods of time are helped with the use of the guided access function. Locking the iPad into a single app and controlling accessibility is showing to be beneficial to both learning and engagement.
Physical impairments and disabilities:
iPads also benefit students with physical impairments and disabilities. Visually impaired students may access functions such as zoom, larger fonts, magnifying and colour filters. Students with physical disabilities are supported with assistive touch, keyboard and touch accommodation options. Students with hearing impairments access the curriculum by making use of subtitles, captions and utilising the hearing aid compatibility function.
Benefits to owning your own iPad:
- I can share my digital work with my family;
I can store my own work, notes, and presentations;
I can learn how to care for and take responsibility for my own device; and
Becoming a smart and respectful Digital Citizen is vitally important not only in our school, but also in the wider global community. Students utilising technology at our school to engage in digital learning environments are required to demonstrate our school Buzza expectations. Just as they are expected to be safe, responsible, respectful and a learner in our physical classrooms, students must be safe, responsible, respectful and a learner when using and handling technology in our digital learning environments.
always protect my personal information online.
keep my usernames and passwords private.
only share digital images or files when instructed.
follow the user participation agreement.
always protect my iPad using my passcode.
leave my iPad locked in my classroom at break times.
always keep my iPad within the protective cover.
travel to and from school with the iPad secured in my school bag.
only touch and use my own iPad.
always follow teacher instructions.
seek permission to record or photograph others from both the teacher and the person who I wish to record.
come to school with my iPad battery fully charged.
deactivate iMessage, FaceTime and any social media apps.
use my pad as a learning tool and will not play with it at school before or after the school day.
It should be noted accidental damage to a device is the owner of the device’s responsibility; you may want to investigate your own insurance options. Students and their parents/caregivers will be held responsible for the wilful and deliberate misuse or inappropriate behaviour resulting in damage to another student’s device.
Aligning with our school’s commitment to teaching students how to become digital citizens, we will be utilising Common Sense Education's Digital Citizenship Curriculum. This provides the tools to teach students how to participate safely, responsibly, and respectfully in today's digital world. The curriculum is research-based. Topics covered include internet safety, cyberbullying and digital reputations. The Student Workbook includes engaging videos, creative activities, interactive assessments and note-taking capability.
What is an iLearn experience?
iLearn Experiences (ILE) prepare both teacher and student to work with and engage in the curriculum, digitally. Usually this involves a teacher and their class participating in 4 weeks of digital curriculum delivery, supported along the way by an experienced iLearn teacher.
For teachers, iLearn Experiences are planned and delivered through a coaching model providing opportunity to explore additional teaching styles and to work collaboratively with other teachers who have previously undertaken their own ILE. Teachers learn to strategically plan a series of lessons by aligning the learning intent with the most suitable iPad apps and sequence for lesson delivery (a workflow). For work output, students often select their preferred app to demonstrate their learning. This freedom empowers students to take ownership for their learning, increases engagement, interest and collaboration, enabling them to present their work without being restricted to a particular format or worksheet.
Each iLearn Experience positively impacts on teaching and learning within the classroom. Not only are they great at building our school’s digital learning culture, teachers also witness increased levels of student participation, collaboration and creativity. Most importantly, students don’t learn because they are made to, they learn because they want to.
No two iLearn Experiences are the same. They are constantly evolving as we discover newer and more effective ways to work digitally. Using the SAMR digital pedagogy as our guide, lessons, projects and assessments can be created to either enhance learning or to transform it.
What is the SAMR model video
iLearn experience (PDF, 2020KB).pdf
iPad app selection process
At our school, the app selection process involves consultation with the ICT committee before being approved for classroom use. Our year 4 apps for the iLearn program have been carefully chosen to best suit curriculum outcomes and align with SAMR model's enhancement and transformation of learning. Any apps required for individual student needs will be negotiated between the teacher and parent.
An apps audit at the end of each year will be done to finalise required apps for the following year. We will endeavour to monitor apps for changes to ensure they continue to best suit student learning needs.
iPad device requirements (PDF, 1358).pdf
Year 4 app list (PDF, 399KB).pdf
YR4 2020 third party app permissions (PDF, 137KB).pdf
Sourcing iPads and set up
Whether you purchase a new iPad or choose to use your existing iPad, it is a good idea to prepare for unexpected damage or issues that may arise.
If you opt to use an iPad you already own, you need to ensure it suits the technical specifications. While iPads are robust, it is also a good idea to check your device is still covered under a product warranty, extended warranty or consider including it in your home and contents insurance.
If you wish to purchase a new iPad, our school has been liaising with local retailer outlets to find the best deals for our school community.
Benefits of purchasing from an Apple store:
IPad and a sturdy iPad protective cover is required for school usage. Families also need to consider audio options – headphones or earbuds. If you provide your child with headphone that require the use of the iPad audio jack, we recommend you purchase a lightning headphone jack adapter. This device connects audio device that use a 3.5mm audio plug to your iPad’s lightning device (charging port) and support iOS 10 or later. This reduces the chance of damage to iPads by frequently using the audio plug.
Visit online link: https://www.apple.com/au/family-sharing/
iPad device requirements (PDF, 1358).pdf
iLearn byo iPad program set up (PDF, 2023KB).pdf
FAQs: Any common questions will be regularly uploaded here.
Health and Safety
How much screen time should I expect? Will my child still be doing written work?
Screen time usage will vary depending on the learning program for the day. Written work will still be used when it is the best mode for the teaching and learning activity. We are also committed to ensuring students and staff priorities their personal health and safety. When using their iPad, students and staff must make sure they are:
Can my child use iPads before or after school? In the playground or at YMCA?
At ACSS we value all types of education for our students, including socializing with peers and engaging in imaginative and unstructured play. These unstructured activities teach a range of skills including collaborating, taking turns, problem solving and negotiating. To encourage these interactions, personal iPad usage is strictly limited to class time.
How can I be assured my child is only accessing safe content online?
To ensure our students are provided with the safest possible learning environment, please provide your child with Wi-Fi only devices for school purposes. Wi-Fi only devices ensures online traffic is monitored via the Education Queensland Wi-Fi security system. This system also bocks content deemed inappropriate for student use.
Teachers also utilize the Apple Classroom facilitator app to deliver structured learning activities and monitor student device usage. All apps accessed by a student during a lesson are tracked and monitored by their teacher.
Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to control iPad usage by accessing ‘Screen Time’ features under ‘Settings’ on student devices (NB: to maintain parental control and prevent students changing your settings, set a passcode to this feature).
Family sharing provides you with the tools for knowing and controlling what your child is doing.
My child is being digitally contacted by another student (i.e. iMessages, E-mail, FaceTime). What do I do?
As mentioned above, please control iPad apps on your child’s device by accessing ‘Screen Time’ features under ‘Settings’ (NB: to maintain parental control and prevent students changing your settings, set a passcode to this feature).
Technical Concerns and Specifications
Who do I speak to if I have a technical problem?
As with any technology, it is very likely technical issues will arise. Prepare yourself for supporting your child with their personal iPad set up by attending one of our upcoming parent information sessions. If you have a tech savvy relative or friend, you may like to ask them to help you. If that fails, you may try approaching your child’s teacher to see if they can help you out with minor technical glitches.
Can my child use an iPad mini?
Due to the reduced screen size and usability within the classroom environment, iPad minis are not to be used at school.
How can I remain updated on what is happening with iLearn and other technology within the school?
There are many portals available to keep you updated.
Regularly check-in with ACSS website.
Creek Weekly: Register your email address with our school administration to receive newsletters direct to your inbox. Alternatively, access the latest school newsletter from our Calendar and News section of our school website https://www.albanycreekss.eq.edu.au