At St Stephen’s School we grow people and we see teaching and learning as an opportunity to engage with each other in exciting learning experiences. Our use of technology is paramount in supporting these engaging learning relationships.
The “Bring your own mobile technologies” Many2One program has been in place for the past six years at St Stephen’s School and runs from Years 5 through to 12. We provide university level wireless infrastructure that caters for 9000+ mobile device connections.
When buying a device for your child please note the following:
- The Many2One “Bring your own mobile technologies” program runs from Years 5 to 12. Year 5 is considered a “phasing in” year where a personal mobile device is recommended. The majority of Year 5 students acquire their own device during Semester 1 and it is expected that all students will have their own device by Semester 2. All Years 6 to 12 students are expected to bring their own mobile device to school from the commencement of the year.
- We are a Bring Your Own Device School. The majority of students in Years 5 to 7 tend to bring a tablet device such as an iPad. By the time students are in Years 8 to 12 and start looking at a replacement, many students transfer to a laptop or notebook device such as a MacBook Air, Windows flip style notebook or a Windows notebook/tablet hybrid. Decisions are often shaped by the subjects they are studying and the type of device they might use beyond school. A suitable, portable device is part of the learning landscape.
- The life of a device is approximately 3 years before students want to upgrade to a newer model that can handle the increased demands of new features and operating system resource requirements. We would recommend that you purchase your child’s device just before it is needed so it will give you more time before an upgrade is necessary.
- In our “Bring your own browser” environment where the majority of applications and software tools are internet based, devices now come equipped with most of required software. The class teacher will recommend any applications that need to be purchased specifically. All students are given a Microsoft Office 365 subscription which includes the Office Suite for up to 5 devices (Windows, Mac, iPad), Office online and 1024 GB of cloud storage.
- The most important accessory you need to buy is a solid protective case and/or bag to ensure your child’s device survives the rigors of the school environment.
- It is commonplace that secondary students also carry with them a smartphone that doubles as a tablet device and can be used for educational purposes. The modern smartphone is now so powerful that it is starting to replace tablet devices like the iPad. This is most apparent in Years 10 to 12.
- In order to assist you with purchasing devices, Winthrop Australia have created St Stephen’s School Device Portals where you can order our recommended devices and accessories online. Please note that we have reviewed all these devices and provide them as a recommendation only. We have based our recommendations on educational suitability, quality, warranty and value for money. All ordering and after sales service is independent of St Stephen’s School.
Device Recommendation Years 5 to 7
iPad or iPad Pro. Wi-Fi only model with 32 GB minimum storage.
Device Recommendations Years 8 to 12
Apple MacBook and Windows Notebook Devices. (All min specs of Intel i5 core processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB solid state hdrive)
There are hundreds of thousands of apps available. Each student will typically require a unique collection of apps that apply to their learning journey. Teachers will recommend applications appropriate to their classroom. The good news is that the vast majority of educational apps are free or cost very little. Your child will not be asked to purchase expensive software applications.
Important to note that any student using their own desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone does not need to purchase Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel and many other tools) as this will be provided to all our students as part of our Microsoft Office 365 licensing agreement. This applies at school and at home.
Many iPad cases on the market now provide a reasonable level of protection while maintaining the benefits and functionality of the slim design and light weight benefits of a tablet device.
There are also numerous cases that provide little or no protection but look great and only last a month or two.
Within a school environment most student owned iPads will take a battering and occasionally get dropped or have excess pressure applied.
I just wanted to share three reasonably priced brands of iPad cases that perform well within a school environment for children who are likely to experience rough use of their device.
Gumdrop cases, Griffin cases and Hardcandy cases.
1. General Settings –> Restrictions. In most cases best to Allow All except turn off In-App Purchases.
2. Set appropriate age ratings.
3. Setup and enable iCloud. Especially enable Documents and Data and Find my iPad. Probably best to turn photos off unless you are prepared to pay for more iCloud storage.
4. Ensure iCloud Backup is turned on.
5. Set a simple 4 digit passcode.
6. AppStore App. Scroll down to manage a single iTunes Account. Best to only use one account per device. Do not enter credit card details. Redeem iTunes Gift cards or Gift Apps to your children.
7. Safari App (Internet Browser). Do not turn on Private Browsing.
8. Leave Date & Time set to Automatic settings.
Many2one 2013 – 2014 vision as we move into our next triennium 2015 – 2017
At St Stephen’s School we grow people and we see teaching and learning as an opportunity to engage with each other in exciting learning experiences. Our understanding and use of technology is important in supporting these engaging learning relationships.
The rate of technological change in our world is rapidly increasing particularly in the use of mobile devices and online access. Both the purchase and use of smart phones and tablet devices have exceeded that of desktop and laptop computers. Technology and its use is ubiquitous. The Australian Government’s commitment to the National Broadband Network further demonstrates the inevitability of the place of technology in schools and education. The educational challenge presented by such technological change and growth is how to help our students grow and develop the digital citizenship competencies necessary for the wise and effective use of ICT. With this in mind St Stephen’s School approaches the place of ICT in the School from a perspective of technological imperative rather than simply technological opportunity. Consequently, while there may be well documented educational benefits from using technology in the educational space, our approach to the use of technology is primarily motivated by our philosophy of growing people.
Students develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at our School, from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our students need to learn to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapt to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limit the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment. With this in mind St Stephen’s School has developed an iDigital program that aligns the development of digital competencies with the level of responsibilities and access that a student may be given. From Kindergarten to Year 4 students are eligible for a Bronze licence that provides for the development of foundational digital competencies with access to a protected online environment (white list only). During Year 4 students who have accomplished the competencies necessary for a Silver licence and have sponsorship from both their parents and their teachers may apply for a Silver licence (black list). Similarly, during Year 8 students may apply for a Gold licence with greater responsibility and access. If and when students breach the expectations of a particular licence level, their licences are revoked and they revert to a lower level licence. This action can be initiated by either the School or the student’s parents.
The development and growth of digital competencies in our students is more effective when the School and parents work together in partnership. The School encourages parents to make technological decisions with their child in consultation with the School. The introduction of the Many2One program was to provide parents and students with the flexibility and responsibility to choose the technology that best suits their family. To support the effective implementation of the Many2One program, St Stephen’s School has focused on the provision of a wireless infrastructure to support multiple devices and multiple platforms.
While the Many2One program is now an integral part of our school community the next phase is to focus our energies on “bring your own browser”. We aim to open up our recommendations of devices to be independent of brand name or type of device. Our families would choose their mobile devices based predominantly on their ability to function seamlessly within an online virtual world reliant on cloud and web technologies.
At the beginning of 2014, iPads will be used in Year 5 and 6 classrooms across both campuses.
Information evening for parents of Year 5 and 6 2014 are to be held for parents of :
Carramar primary students in the Carramar Primary Forum on Wednesday August 21st at 7.00 pm ;
Duncraig primary students in Duncraig Primary Forum on Wednesday 4 September at 7.00pm.
There will be presentations from staff and members of the IT team and the opportunity to ask questions regarding the purchase and use of iPads.
Students at St Stephen’s School are already using technology in their everyday learning and we look forward to iPads being used as an everyday learning tool.
Darnelle Pretorius Ronan Philpott
Head of Primary Deputy Head of Primary
A Natural Expansion
The Many2One program will expand to year 9 from the beginning of 2013 with year 6 students coming on board at the beginning of term 3.
Years 6 to 9
For students in years 6 to 9 we are continuing to recommend the iPad 32 GB Wifi only model as the preferred choice of device. (iPad Retina Display). We would like to acknowledge that the iPad Mini is also an attractive option and a suitable choice. During 2013 we are expecting these students to bring either an iPad or a Macbook to class. For more information please see the FAQ section.
Years 10 to 12
The program remains optional for our senior students however they are part of a more flexible device model where they are permitted to bring to class a variety of mobile technologies. These include Apple, Android or Windows based tablets, laptops or smartphones.
Many2one Year 6 Program Parent Evenings
Many2one Yr6 2013 Carramar
Many2one Yr6 2013 Duncraig