There have been extensive discussions and research in education recently about the impact of mobile devices in the classroom.
- 21st-century workforce demands skills such as creativity, critical thinking, innovation, communication and collaboration. It is increasingly becoming difficult to prepare young people for a digital world without letting them rehearse in mobile, online spaces.
- Such devices, in the hands of every student, afford seamless learning opportunities that bridge the formal learning in schools with the informal, outside of classrooms and schools.
- The cloud enables any student with a device to browse the web to store and share information and access applications.
- The learning styles of today’s digital learners are significantly different in comparison to previous decades.
- The devices are already significant parts of students’ lives.
Amity College recognises the need to prepare our students for a rapidly changing world, where technology plays a large role in our personal, social and professional lives.
For that purpose, College implements two programs
- For year 8-12 BYOD (Bring your own device)
- For year 7 students SIP (School iPad Program)
School will provide a brand new iPad to each year 7 student at 2017. Year 7 students will only use these iPads at school, they will be allowed to take their iPads to home.
Year 8-12 are allowed to bring their own computing device to school.
By facilitating these programs, the College aims to enhance students’ learning experience and empower them in the way they use technology for their learning.
Listed below are a range of opportunities that either could enhance or transform teaching and learning through the implementation of technology at Amity College:
- Textbooks and handouts available on devices
- Note-taking and organisation of digital notebooks
- Completion, annotation and submission of workbook in PDF format
- File sharing
- Knowledge interaction and transmission
- Internet research and communication
- Access to videos/animations that complement teaching
- Reading apps that include embedded dictionaries, search and note-taking
- Exploring mathematical concepts using CAS apps
- Digital storytelling and screen casting to reflect learning
- Anytime, anywhere access to learning and creation through a single device
- Collaborative brainstorming
- Instantaneous feedback loops and formative assessment
- Multimodal assessment tasks
- Device Specifications
- ICT Usage Policy
- Recommended Software (Apps)
- All students in Year 7 are expected to bring school iPad to school every day. This device should only be used by the student who owns it.
- All students in Years 8-12 are expected to bring a computing device to school every day. This device should only be used by the student who owns it.
- Year 8-12 students and parents are responsible for ensuring that the device meets the Device Specifications.
- Students must connect their device to the designated wireless network supplied by Amity College at school grounds. Access to the device and school network is strictly for educational purposes. Any other use is forbidden.
- Students must use their device in accordance with the ICT Usage Policy.
- Students must follow teachers’ directions as to appropriate use of their devices in class.
- Standard discipline procedures will apply in case a student fails to bring their device.
- Each student is responsible for the care and conduct of their own device at all times. They must ensure that the device is brought to school with enough charge.
- School is NOT responsible for
- personal devices/school iPads that are broken/damaged/lost/stolen while at school or during school-related activities,
- maintenance of any personal device including keeping it charged, installing software or updates, fixing.
Year 7 students will use iPads provided by Amity College within (SIP) School iPad Program.
Year 8-12 students are free to use any device within BYOD (Bring your own device)recommends a full sized Apple iPad (3
However Amity College recommends a full sized Apple iPad (3rd generation or later) with a wifi only model. If you prefer a device other than iPad it should have the following specifications:
- wireless connectivity
- touch screen capability with a screen size of at least 9-inch (diagonal)
- operating system iOS, Windows 10 or Android
- minimum battery life of 7 hours (10 hours recommended)
- minimum disk size of 16 GB (32 GB recommended)
Note that, in case of a device other than iPad being chosen, school does not support compatibility issues that might arise.
Devices must have a protective case with a flip over cover. This is essential both for class management and device protection. The chosen case needs to be able to absorb the shock when the device is dropped, otherwise the device will be damaged.
You may also like to provide a keyboard and/or a stylus. These items are not compulsory, but school strongly recommends a fine tip stylus since it replaces pen to give a natural writing experience on the tablet. We recommend using Adonit Jot Pro which could be purchased from booklists.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) means all computer hardware, software, systems and telecommunications devices and technology (including the Internet and email) that may be used at school or accessed from the school campus with or without the assistance of school provided internet. This does not exempt personal devices whilst in use on the College campus.
- Amity College recognises ICT as a privilege; therefore this privilege can be taken or revoked when it is deemed necessary by the college on the ground of violation of College’s rules.
- Amity College provides ICT only for educational purposes, use of ICT for any other purpose is not allowed and students have entire responsibility of self-monitoring.
- Students bear full responsibility for the following aspect of use of school’s ICT services:
- Protecting their own personal information and data
- Adhering to rules of security in online environment for which school will provide basic training
- Respecting other people’s privacy
- Upholding all relevant copyright rules and laws
- Expressing themselves in an acceptable manner to school on all occasions.
- Students are solely responsible of maintenance and safe keeping of all ICT equipment. We expect our students to use their best judgement to treat equipment with utmost respect. School will not accept any responsibility if any personal ICT equipment is damaged or stolen.
- Students will have to pay for damages or loss of any school ICT equipment.
- Students are required to have a protective case with a flip over cover. Students will not be allowed to use their tablets without covers.
- Devices need to be labelled clearly with students’ names and students need to have passwords for their own devices.
- Students are responsible to charge their devices from home.
- While using ICT, students have to abide by all relevant state and federal rules and regulations. Students are solely responsible for their commitment to uphold all relevant state and federal laws.
- The college has the right to monitor and check the ICT use for all written, graphic, audio, and other materials created, produced, communicated, stored or accessed on school ICT by its students, including private or school provided email accounts.
- The college is committed to ensure that all students and teachers have a basic understanding of its relevant policy. Furthermore it is students’ responsibility to uphold school’s rules and regulations. Any breach of school code of conduct in this regard will cause disciplinary action against those who violate rules of this policy.
- Students are not allowed to use photo, camera and voice recording functions of devices unless directed by their instructor strictly for educational purposes.
- Students cannot have access to their portable devices during recess, lunch and transition periods. During these times all personal ICT devices allowed at school grounds should be securely kept in personal lockers. Violations of this rule may cause evoking of your privilege to utilise these devices at school ground. Provisions may be made for students who want to use their devices during the breaks.
- Students cannot access any social media outlets whilst they are at school grounds with or without the assistance of school network
- Students cannot access internet with the help of any other network other than school provided network
- Mobile phones cannot be used to replace tablet computers. Students will be held accountable for the use of mobile phone in accordance with relevant mobile phone policies.
- Transmitting and accessing materials which are deemed to be inappropriate by the College is strictly forbidden. These inappropriate materials can be classified but not limited to the following:
- Any kind or form of threat or harassment
- Sexually explicit
- Any material that may cause emotional or physical harm
- Any material that may be used to bully others
- Any material that is racially or culturally offensive to others
- Any material that infringes all relevant copyright and licensing laws and regulations
- Any material that breaches state and federal laws
If students receive materials falling into categories listed above from others without their consent and fail to notify school admin, they will be equally held responsible for accessing these sort of materials
- The following will require disciplinary actions within the guidelines of Student Handbook:
- Communication of information that may cause security risks to ICT system including but not limited to passwords or any other confidential information
- Plagiarising by using College’s ICT
- Breaching copyright and all relevant licensing rules and regulations
- Unauthorized download of any digital material including software programs, apps, videos, music, pictures and copying them on other portable mediums
- Communication of unauthorized information that include original or modified images, audio or video of staff members
- Downloading any personal material or any material that is not related to any class work by using school ICT
- Refusing to follow teacher’s instructions in relation to device usage in class
Refusing to adhere to these rules and regulations and not following teachers’ and administration’s direction will be ground for evoking privilege to use these devices at the school. School reserves its right to temporarily confiscate and/or ban these devices to individual students due to violations.
It is necessary to have at least one of the software (apps) or its equivalent from each row below. In most cases there are free options for each type of software. Note that school prefers software running on iPad and does not guarantee that compatible software for Windows or Android based devices exists.
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In addition to general purpose software listed above, each of these software (apps) below or their equivalent should be installed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the best place for me to purchase an iPad or similar device? (For year 8-12 students)
Amity College will provide new iPads to year 7 students.
Year 8-12 families will buy their child’s device from any retailer. Amity College recommends following shops
- Apple Store
- Harvey Norman
- JB HiFi
- Office Works
I cannot provide a device that meets the required specifications. What will I do? (Year 8-12 issue)
If you believe you are unable to provide a device that meets the specifications, make an application in writing to the Principal, or make an appointment to speak with the Principal and indicate you require assistance in addressing the school’s BYOD program. The school will liaise with you, your child and their teachers to identify the most appropriate way to address the issue. Note that the school will not purchase a device to assign to your child nor will the school make a device available for permanent or semi-permanent loan. In substitution of a personal device the school will consider options including:
- Priority or reserved access to desktop computers in computer labs during class time, free periods, before or after school or during breaks.
- Loan of a device for a particular period or class.
Can my child bring an iPad mini? (Year 8-12 issue)
Screen size of iPad mini does not enable efficient productivity in school tasks, therefore it is not recommended. However if you already have one and don’t want to purchase a new device it can be used at school.
Can my child bring a laptop PC or a MacBook? (Year 8-12 issue)
We believe that use of laptops cannot meet the outcomes that are planned for touch enabled tablet devices. Therefore bringing a laptop PC or MacBook is not recommended.
Can mobile phones be used as a device as well?
My child forgot to bring their device. Can they borrow one from somewhere?
Where can my child charge their device if they forgot to charge it at home?
School does not provide any charging facilities, therefore it is necessary that devices are brought to school fully charged.
Who can provide assistance if the device won't connect to the school internet?
Consult IT Desk located in GHS Library.
Will my child use their device all the time?
No. iPads (tablets) are tools for learning that will be used along with all the other tools available at school and home (e.g. pen, paper, calculators, books, computers etc).
What happens if my child does not bring a device to school?
Standard discipline procedures will apply just like in cases where student does not bring required resources to class.
How can the device be protected from damage?
We strongly recommend purchasing a strong case for your child’s device.
What if my child’s device is damaged or stolen?
Each student is responsible for the care and conduct of their own device at all times. School is not responsible for devices that are broken/damaged/lost/stolen while at school or during school-related activities.
Should I be concerned about overuse of technology?
Like everything else, excessive use of technology may lead to problems. We do not require the students to use their iPads/devices all the time; it is important that they engage in other activities.
Although iPads with retina display address this issue, looking at any screen for a long period of time without resting your eyes may cause eye strain. To reduce eye strain: after 20 minutes, take a break for 20 seconds and look at something across the room.
What if I need to remove my child’s access to device as a discipline measure?
We understand that this may be required and we will support you where we can. Please contact us about arrangements for ensuring the device is accessible at school and for school work.
I am worried about my child’s unwise use of the device out of school time. How can I be sure that they are using it for education?
Some homework, set activities and assessment tasks will require your child to use their device at home. Besides these, it is your decision about when and how your child uses their device. If you have any doubts about the nature of set work, please contact your child’s teacher. School’s position is:
- iPad/Student Device provides an environment for learning; that is its main purpose.
- Students can use it for other purposes but these must be appropriate to the context – school or home – and subject to permission.
- School supports parent decisions about the setting of boundaries at home as long as school work can be completed.
- Students do not need games and entertainment apps on their devices for school. Allowing games and entertainment apps on their child’s device is a family decision.
How can my child stay focused on a task while using iPad?
Guided Access helps you to stay focused on a task while using iPad. Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available.
Use Guided Access to:
- Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
- Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
- Disable the hardware buttons
Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access. From there you can:
- Turn Guided Access on or off
- Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session
- Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session
Start a Guided Access session
- Open the app you want to run.
- Triple-click the Home button.
- Adjust settings for the session, then click Start.
Disable app controls and areas of the app screen
- Circle any part of the screen you want to disable.
- Use the handles to adjust the area.
Ignore all screen touches
- Turn off Touch.
Keep iPad from switching from portrait to landscape or from responding to any other motions
- Turn off Motion.
End a Guided Access session
- Triple-click the Home button.
- Enter the Guided Access passcode.
It is essential that students develop awareness of their own distracted behaviour and use Guided Access as a strategy for developing attention skills. Actually, shutting down all apps before reading can be a kind of ritual of concentration, like clearing way books and papers from a desk before sitting down to read. It is also slightly more difficult to jump into a game that needs to load or a web browser preloaded with interesting pages. Such are the 21st century methods of creating a clear desk for reading.
How do I monitor what my child up to on the device?
It is essential for parents to know how your children are using their device. This includes what apps they are downloading, which ones they use to communicate with their friends, what games they are playing. There are simple actions that you can do as a parent to stay informed:
- Periodically check the apps your child is using on their device. Remember, apps can also be inserted into subfolders. On iOS devices this function is called “nesting” and on Android devices it is called “stacking.” It is important that you open these subfolders and monitor apps inside each folder. Not checking these subfolders will likely cause you to miss applications installed on your child’s mobile device.
- As you are looking through the different applications on your child’s device it will be come quickly apparent that you do not know what everything does. Here are few basic categories to think about.
- Internet Browsers – Both iOS and Android devices come with pre-installed Internet browsers. It is important to know that these are not the only avenues to access the Internet. Additional Internet browsers can be installed, such as Dolphin and Atomic. These pathways to the Internet need to be identified.
- Social Media – This category includes common apps such as Facebook and Twitter. These apps allow you to connect with others by sharing pictures, posting comments, etc. Snapchat is another example. This application allows people to share photos in a unique way. There are many more applications that fall into this category and it is important that they be identified on your child’s device.
- Games – Popular apps such as Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies fall it into this category. There are games that will allow you to communicate and play against other people. A game like Words with Friends allows two people to play against one another. Parents need to be aware of games that have a social aspect to them.
- When you run across apps that you do not understand, take the time to do a little research. Search for the name of the application on the Internet and learn about what it is, what it does, and how it is used. You will also run across other helpful information that will better equip you as a parent and allow you to make a judgment call as to whether it is acceptable for your child to use that specific application.
This article is taken from http://www.covenanteyes.com/2013/02/13/how-to-monitor-apps-on-your-childs-device/
Can I set restrictions on my child’s device?
The iPad’s parental controls allow you to restrict how your child uses the iPad, from disabling the Safari browser to limit which websites your child can view to putting an age restriction on the apps downloaded. You can even turn off app downloads completely, which allows you to closely monitor what your child is doing on the iPad.
The iPad parental control work by setting a four digit passcode on the iPad that is required when setting the different restrictions. Once enabled, you can set restrictions for apps, television, music and movies.
The first step is going into the iPad settings by touching the settings icon. It looks like a bunch of gears and is one of the default icons for the iPad.
Once in settings, choose the general settings from the left-hand menu. You should reach a screen like the one shown on the right.
Next, choose Restrictions to go into the iPad settings for parental control.
The next step for enabling parental controls on the iPad is to turn on the iPad restrictions. Simply touch the top of the screen where it reads Enable Restrictions.
You will be prompted for a four digit passcode. Choose something you will remember, but not something your child can guess like a birthday or the last digits of a driver’s license.
The passcode for the iPad’s restrictions will need to be entered twice to make sure you don’t accidentally tap a different number than intended.
Once you have the iPad’s parental controls enabled, you will be able to set different restrictions and even restrict some of the default applications that came with the iPad. This includes the Safari browser, YouTube and iTunes, so you can restrict your child’s ability to view websites, watch videos and purchase music from their iPad.
You can also turn off the ability to install apps. You can still get apps on the iPad by installing them to iTunes and syncing them to the iPad, which will allow you to have complete control over which apps are on the iPad.
If you don’t need that much control, you can set a ratings restriction for what type of apps can be installed on the iPad. (Find out more about the different iPad app ratings.)
Another good thing to turn off is in-app purchases. Many free apps allow in-app purchases, which is how they make their money. When in-app purchase feature is turned off it is not possible to spend money.
This article is taken from http://www.covenanteyes.com/2013/02/13/how-to-monitor-apps-on-your-childs-device/
Do you have advice about online safety?
Cybersmart is a national cybersafety education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to cybersafety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of children, young people, parents and teachers. We recommend every parent to take a look at pages about online safety at http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents.aspx.
In addition, school recommends that the following software (apps) or equivalent are NOT installed on devices as they are highly likely to defeat the purpose of iPad (tablet) as a learning tool:
You can find comprehensive information about all these software (apps) in the website linked above.