Yes! In 2017, parents of students in Year 5 to 12 will provide an iPad for the students as standard school equipment. The iPad is the only approved learning device for use at the College. The use of cloud technologies provided by the College, enables students to supplement an iPad with other devices at home, if preferred.
Mobile e-devices will be available for student use in Prep and Year 1. Year 2 to 4 will have access to mobile sets of e-devices. Subjects with specialist ICT requirements will have access to labs designed for the specific learning requirements.
In 2003 when Mackay Christian College first looked at students having their own computer devices we ran a trial of one-to-one devices. Each student in a year level was provided with a PC in a classroom, and used a USB stick to carry information between school and home.
This trial was deemed to be successful with students gaining confidence in the use of technology and an increased level of student interaction and engagement in class. In 2009, with the computer industry starting production of low cost Netbooks, MCC looked at each student having their own device to enable ‘anywhere, anytime’ learning or one-to-one computing at school and at home.
After extensive investigation, MCC determined the optimal device would be:
- affordable (cost less than $1000 if possible)
- weigh less than 1Kg so students could easily carry it
- have a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels to enable easy viewing of web content and other programs
- have a battery life that would allow use during the school day without having to charge at school
An iPad easily meets these criteria and distinguishes itself from the pack of new devices on the market, by having the largest variety of Apps developed for education, to support and enhance learning. For more information on the iPad see the uLearn the iPad guide for Mackay Christian College.
An App is a shortened name for an Application. Application in this case refers to a software application – in other words, a software program. The Apple iTunes store
has thousands of educational apps (http://www.apple.com/education/apps/
). These Apps are not designed to run on a Notebook Computer.
Apple vets all Apps before making them available to customers. This has the added benefit of assuring quality plus preventing the spread of viruses and malware which is a constant challenge in the PC world. The store also provides a centralised repository to search for the App that best suits the need.
Additional apps will be identified as needed for your student. For quick access to install these apps, they are listed below as Essential Apps..
An iTunes account is an account set up in iTunes to enable you to purchase and download from the iTunes Store. You’ll need to have an Apple ID. If you have used other Apple services or have purchased from the Apple Online Store, you can sign in to the iTunes Store using the same Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you will need to create one before you can begin using the iTunes Store.
Please note: Apple’s terms and conditions state that users must be 13 years of age or older to have a personal Apple ID. This means that prior to 13 years of age, the Apple ID associated with a child’s iPad is the parents’/carers’ AppleID for that device, and not the student’s. Consequently, we ask parents/carers of children under the age of 13 to create, manage and not share with their child their child’s Apple ID. Parents can decide whether to continue to manage their child’s Apple ID once he/she turns 13 years of age.
For more information on Parental Control and Restrictions click here.
An Alternative is Apple’s Family Sharing – Children under 13 can have an account too by setting up Family Sharing. As a parent or legal guardian, the organiser creates the child’s Apple ID and adds the child to the family group. ‘Ask to Buy’ is turned on by default, and the organiser can also limit the content children have access to on their devices through Restrictions on an iOS device.
More Information on Family Sharing can be found at http://www.apple.com/au/icloud/family-sharing/?cid=wwa-au-kwg-features-com
The iPad is a Wireless Internet device. We will have wireless coverage at the College to maximise the benefits this has to offer. For home use, if you already have Wireless Internet at home, the iPad will easily connect to this. If you do not have wireless, you can still access iTunes from a PC, and then download and synchronise (sync) Apps to the iPad. Wireless routers are not expensive and you might consider talking to your Internet Provider about your options.
If you have a wired broadband connection, a suggestion is a product such as a Dlink DIR-505 Mobile Companion (the device) see http://www.dlink.com.au/products/?pid=954. This device costs around $100. If you are not technical, your student could help you with the next step, after reading the instructions.
You should configure the device to have a password (you can find this on the iPad under Settings / Wireless Networks), and then join the iPad to the Wireless Network you created using the Wireless password. This prevents your neighbours using your Wireless Internet, unless you give them the password.
There are similar devices available from other manufacturers that will do the same thing eg. Apple’s Airport Express (http://www.apple.com/au/airportexpress/). These devices are available from local retailers or Online.
If you have a 3G Internet connection, there are different devices from Dlink and other manufacturers for less than $100, which will do the same as the above for you.
The next step is the control mechanism. After the technical step, when the device has your Internet connection plugged in and the device is plugged into a power outlet that is turned on, you have a Wireless Network. When you turn off or unplug the power, you have no Wireless Internet until the power is plugged in again or turned on again.
Access to the Internet for school purposes allows students access to the College via the College Portal at https://portal.mccmky.qld.edu.au
. This access also allows the ability to do research for assignments.
As a guide, students would usually only need access to the Internet for school purposes for less than an hour a day, however this may increase during assignment times. You can check when assignments are due by looking at the Assessment Information tab, or on the College Portal.
Staying safe online involves the whole community. Everyone has a role to play: parents, teachers, librarians, police, employers, government and young people. At MCC, we embed our CLEAR Technology Program into our curriculum to help guide students in their use of technology.
For more information regarding online safety visit www.thinkuknow.org.au
An eBook is an electronic book with interactive and multimedia capabilities. There are a number of advantages in having books loaded onto the iPad. If for example, we put the Maths book, Dictionary, Atlas and a Bible onto an iPad, we decrease the weight of the school bag by several kilograms. Students will always have access to all these resources in class and at home. Most eBooks
are less expensive than hard copy books and are available from the iTunes Store and also via other Apps such as Amazon’s Kindle App. You can read eBooks from Notebooks as well as iPads however, iPads are more versatile for reading eBooks, as the iPad is lighter, has a better resolution screen and the battery lasts all day.
No. iPads are tools for learning that will be used along with the other tools such as pen, paper, calculators, books, computers, etc. In specialised subjects like Multimedia, Art, Music and Graphics, students will have access to technologies designed for the specific learning requirements. There are also general use lab computers available for other specialised tasks.
The iPad does not have a USB port, but you can easily transfer files. There are a number of ways to do this:
- The iPad can plug into (via the supplied USB cable) your home PC or Mac and copy files across via iTunes
- You can email the file (if less than 10MB) to yourself from your iPad, then open it on a PC or laptop and vice a versa
- There are many other ways to transfer files as well, such as using iCloud or Apps such as One Drive for business, which can be installed on the iPad as well as other computers.
No. Currently students who wish to print at the College log on to a College computer in the Library that is connected to a printer. They are able to load their file, and then print it. This method won’t change. To print an iPad file, you either save it to One Drive for Business or email it to yourself (if it is less than 10MB), log on to a school computer and print. Only College-owned computers are able to connect to the College printing system.
Yes. Microsoft Office 365 Apps are available to create and edit Microsoft Office documents. These are available for FREE by logging in with your student mccmky.qld.edu.au email address, while enrolled at MCC. These Apps are: Microsoft Word for iPad, Microsoft Excel for iPad and Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad, OneDrive.
Yes. Microsoft Office 365 allows saving document to the iPad or One Drive.
Yes. We have found the built-in screen keyboard works well, especially when you get used to it. However, if you are wanting to type up a large piece of work on your iPad, you can buy an iPad keyboard dock, or you can connect a Bluetooth keyboard and a bigger external screen if you wish.
The iPad connects to either a Mac or a PC via iTunes. The important thing is that you have iTunes installed on the device as this enables the iPad to synchronise (sync), backup and connect to either PC or Mac desktops or Notebooks.
Absolutely! Backing up your iPad is a necessary and important practise and should be done regularly. The most reliable way to backup your iPad is by using iTunes
The first time a student has their personal electronic device confiscated for incorrect use, the student may collect it from the Executive Office between the hours of 3pm & 3.15pm. A record is kept of how many times electronic device items are confiscated. If a student’s personal electronic device is confiscated a second or subsequent time a parent must collect the item from the College Office in person. The College Office is open between the hours of 8am & 4pm. Any items not collected will be returned to the student on the last day of term.