iPad FAQs

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As a part of John XXIII College's commitment to develop confident learners and competent users of technology, students in Year 5 through to Year 11 require an iPad in 2015. They will use it at school as directed by their teachers and at home under parental supervision.

The perceived benefits for the students:

  • Internet access is readily available from anywhere in and around the College.

  • The iPad is lightweight and easy to use.

  • The iPad is a tool that allowing greater personalisation and organisation of learning tasks.

  • The use of the iPad as a collaboration tool in the classroom.

We hope that this FAQ will answer the many questions parents will have about the program.

Who needs to buy an iPad and what model?
What costs are involved?
Am I eligible for the tax concessions associated with the computers? How do I determine my eligibility and how do I claim?
What if I simply can't afford to buy an iPad for my child?
What is an Apple ID?
Will my child need to have my credit card details to register for an Apple ID account?
What if my family already has an iPad?
What if the device I have has a 3G or 4G Card?
Can we buy an iPad Mini?
Is there an agreement I need to sign before my son/daughter can have access to the iPad device?
Will parents be required to pay for apps from the Apple App Store?
Can parents regulate what apps are installed or deleted on the device?
Will students have access to social networking sites?
Is my son/daughter going to be disadvantaged if I don't want them to have an iPad device?
Will my son/daughter's Internet use be monitored at school?
What does the College do to control my child playing games?
Do I need to have a wireless Internet connection for home?
Will my child's numeracy, literacy and handwriting suffer?
Have teachers' skills been updated to provide content to this new device?
Will the device add extra weight to their bags?
Will my son/daughter still need access to a computer?
How does my son/daughter backup the information that is on the iPad?
Can you print from the iPad?
Are students permitted to 'jail break' their iPad?
Will my son/daughter be able use the iPad during breaks at school?
Can my son/daughter have their iPad taken from them?
Will students be allowed to have music and games on the iPad?
What happens if the iPad just stops working?
How much time in class is spent using iPads?
Will my child be required to complete homework on the iPad?
Is it OK if my child in Years 5 to 11 brings a different device to school?
What happens if my child's iPad is damaged by another student?
How long will we have the device for?
I still have further questions/issues in relation to the iPad program. Where can I find out more information?
School contact information regarding iPads

Who needs to buy an iPad? (back)
Every student in Years 5 to 11 is required to have an iPad. Each child will have exclusive use of an iPad - they cannot be shared. These iPads are to be purchased by a child's parents.

What model should I buy?

The minimum recommended specifications for the iPad are:

  • iPad (any currently available versions) or iPad Mini (see below).
  • WiFi only - No 3G or 4G.
  • Minimum 32 Gb storage - No 16 Gb!
  • See more here.

NOTE: Older versions such as iPad 2 or iPad 3 may exhibit slower performance and may not run the latest version of iOS effectively or all the latest Apps.

What costs are involved? (back)
Costs will be incurred in several ways.

  • The costs of the recommended iPad dependant upon model.

A good cover will cost around $50 to $80, depending on the level of protective padding. A cover with thick rubber padding at the corners will give you the best protection. You must check that the case fits your iPad - they vary slightly in size.

  • The recommended Apps will require around $50 on an iTunes account.

NOTE: Significant savings on iPads are currently (Dec 2014) from Winthrop Australia. https://portal.winaust.com.au/a/jtcipad

Recommended

  • Apple Care Extended Warranty $99.00 (*Apple Care provides an additional year of warranty on the iPad for any malfunctions in the hardware).

HOWEVER: There is an implied warranty of at least two years even without the Apple extended warranty. See more here.

  • Insurance* for travel and accidental breakage. (*Insurance may also be taken under existing polices families have, such as home and contents. Please contact your insurer for details. Figure quoted is typical insurance cost).

Am I eligible for the tax concessions associated with the computers? How do I determine my eligibility and how do I claim? (back)
If you are eligible to claim Family Tax Assistance Part A, the cost of the iPad constitutes 'eligible expenses' for which you may be entitled to a rebate of up to $390 per year. For further information regarding Family Tax Assistance and eligible education expense rebates please contact the appropriate government department at See more here.

What if I simply can't afford to buy an iPad for my child? (back)
We consider that the iPad is important to the education of each child and therefore we do not want to see any child prevented from fully participating in the program. Please see Julie Hawes, the College Accountant to discuss options that may be available to meet your particular circumstances. Email Julie Hawes.

What is an Apple ID?(back)
An Apple ID is a login or account which allows students to access many Apple services. To download apps and content from the Apple iTunes App Store the apple ID will need to be validated at the store. All students will need to have a registered Apple ID. It is recommended that each child has his/her own Apple ID in order to differentiate apps and backups. Students who already have an existing Apple ID can use these accounts. However, parents of children under the age of 13 will need to set up Apple ID accounts for their child. Some VERY useful information here. See more go to Apple ID Basics and for more concise information, download the Parent Guide - Apple ID.
(Of course, if any parent wishes to take greater control of a child's iPad, they can assume the ownership of the Apple ID and iTunes account. There are further references on how this can be done elsewhere on this website).

Will my child need to have my credit card details to register for an Apple ID account?(back)
No. You can set up an Apple ID account without the need of a Credit Card. There are several websites which may be googled for this information.

What if my family already has an iPad?(back)
A large number of families already have an iPad at home. If parents wish, this iPad may be used as long as it is a minimum of an iPad 2 and has 16GB of storage. Please note that with smaller storage, students will need to manage these devices closely (The College recommends 32GB storage of iPads in order to allow students to personalise their device).

What if the device I have has a 3G or 4G card?(back)
The College recommends that all devices are only WiFi. In the event parents choose to purchase a 3G or 4G device, the College takes no responsibility for Internet monitoring of the unit.

Can we buy an iPad Mini?(back)
The iPad Mini has the same features as the larger iPad but has a smaller 7.9 inch screen instead of a 9.7 inch. The smaller screen size will mean a smaller working space for students but the same amount of content will fit on the screen for viewing.

Is there an agreement I need to sign before my son/daughter can have access to the iPad device?(back)
Yes. As a part of the program students will need to sign the College iPad Student Agreement. Both parents and students will need to sign the agreement before the iPad can be connected to the College Network. The Acceptable Use Policy and the Code of Conduct are included in the Student Diary. They must be signed by a parent/guardian and by the student.

Will parents be required to pay for apps from the Apple App Store?(back)
Parents will be provided with a list of the apps that the College has nominated to be used throughout the year. These will need to be purchased, much like books, with students needing to have them loaded onto their iPad. The list of apps required will be available from the College website. Some apps will replace books and reduce the cost of the book list. During the year the College may require additional apps to be purchased. Please be assured that information on apps will be provided well in advance of their required date of use. Current Apps list

Can parents regulate what apps are installed or deleted on the device?(back)
Yes. Restrictions can be set by parents to regulate which apps are installed or deleted on the device, as well as access to the iTunes store. Parents wishing to explore this can find useful guides online or obtain information at the various parent sessions which will be scheduled. The College encourages trust and monitoring in the first instance with blocking being the final choice.

Will students have access to social networking sites?(back)
No. However, some apps such as the FaceBook app cannot be entirely blocked at school. Of course, the use of social networking is not permitted during school hours. Check the Code of Conduct in the diary.

Is my son/daughter going to be disadvantaged if I don't want them to have an iPad device?(back)
The College strongly recommends that each child has an iPad. The pedagogical model that will be used by classroom teachers is premised on one to one access. The College encourages any parent with concerns about the program to contact the Director of ICT or alternatively Ms Kathleen Negus, Vice Principal/Head of Secondary or Antoinette De Pinto Head of Primary.

Will my son/daughter's Internet use be monitored at school?(back)
Yes. The College has developed a special WiFi connection for the iPad program that will filter and monitor student Internet use. Please note that no web-filtering system is perfect and that there will always be a grey area where content deemed inappropriate for certain students is judged to be fine for others. Nevertheless, all web traffic is constantly being logged. These logs together with student emails may be examined if inappropriate internet usage is reported.

When using the iPad at home it is the parent's responsibility to monitor acceptable usage and internet access. The College takes no responsibility for the inappropriate usage and internet access outside College hours.

Note: Since iOS7, it is possible to implement web filtering on the iPad for 'Adult Content'. This is controlled via the Restrictions in Settings. See more here.

What does the College do to control my child playing games?(back)
While it is not possible to prevent students playing games on the iPad, the teachers will supervise students while in the classroom. There is little else which can be done at school and nothing at home. One successful approach used by many parents is to use the restrictions in the iPad settings to prevent the installation. (See Essentials)

Do I need to have a wireless Internet connection for home?(back)
We recognise that most Australian homes are connected, but, if you are not, the extended opening hours of the College Library should provide adequate access to complete any College assessment requirements

Will my child's numeracy, literacy and handwriting suffer?(back)
No. Students will still be taught numeracy, literacy and all the other requirements of the curriculum. This does not change. It is envisaged, however, that the iPads will complement the learning across the curriculum. Students still need to write for class assessments and formal assessments, especially WACE examinations.

Have teachers' skills been updated to provide content to this new device?(back)
John XXIII College Staff have been involved in familiarisation and professional development programs. All teachers have an iPad provided by the College and there is an expectation that all are using it for communication and curriculum delivery and design.

Will the device add extra weight to their bags?(back)
An iPad weighs 0.65 kg - less than many textbooks. As other books are converted to digital texts the result will be a reduction in the weight of student bags.

Will my son/daughter still need access to a computer?(back)
Yes. The iPad does not replace a computer; it simply allows students to access information anywhere, anytime. A computer complements these devices with higher end creation capability.

How does my son/daughter backup the information that is on the iPad?(back)
The College encourages students to back up any data that they have stored on their device. They can do this through syncing their iPad to a computer, or using new technology such as iCloud, Dropbox, etc, to back up any data. This will be outlined when students receive their iPads.

Can you print from the iPad?(back)
One of the benefits of the iPad is that a paperless work flow is simplified. The College has enabled, through our Fuji Xerox photocopier fleet, the ability for students to print from their devices. Students can print from the iPad at home if the printer was one of the devices configured to support AirPrint.

Are students permitted to 'jail break' their iPad?(back)
No. The College requires that students do not jail break their iPads as it is in breach of the iPad agreement. It will also void any Apple warranties.

Will my son/daughter be able use the iPad during breaks at school?(back)
No. The College strongly encourages a balance of work and play throughout the day. Students are only permitted to use iPads in classrooms or other designated areas during class time unless given special permission.

Will the battery last all day at school?(back)
The battery life of the iPad is sufficient for up to approximately 10 hours. Students will be educated about the importance of charging their batteries and how to do this. Charging facilities will NOT be provided at the College.

Can my son/daughter have their iPad taken from them?(back)
In the course of the school day a student may have their iPad confiscated if the student breaches the iPad Code of Conduct. As a result, the Head of Learning Area, Assistant Deputy Principal of Year or Head of Primary will securely store the device and contact will be made with the parent.

Will students be allowed to have music and games on the iPad?(back)
Students will be permitted to have legally downloaded music and games stored on the iPad. Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor the appropriateness of the games installed onto the iPad. Any non-educational apps must be grouped into a 'Home' folder.

What happens if the iPad just stops working?(back)
Majority of problems with the iPads can be resolved by simply turning the device on and off. If further help is required then the first location for help is the Ignatius Centre Library. If the problem cannot be solved there, the student will be referred to the ICT Office.

How much time in class is spent using iPads?(back)
It is expected that approximately 30% of the school day will see the use of iPads. Naturally, this is an average figure - by their nature some subjects will make far less use of iPads and others much more.

Will my child be required to complete homework on the iPad?(back)
It is expected that the device will be a tool for completing work both at home and at school. As a result, at times students will complete homework via the iPad but parents are encouraged to monitor the use of the iPad at home.

Is it OK if my child in Years 5 to 11 brings a different device to school?(back)
The College has researched several products and has concluded that the iPad is the best product for education purposes at this time. Students will not be permitted to bring other devices at this time, however the College continually reviews new hardware and IT developments. The ICT Team continually evaluates new tablets on alternative platforms in order to stay abreast of developments.

What happens if my child's iPad is damaged by another student?(back)
In the Code of Conduct for Mobile Technology Devices it states that students must not loan their device to another student and it must be kept in a safe place at all times. However, in the instance where an iPad is damaged accidentally or maliciously by another student the incident should be reported immediately to your child's teacher. The teacher will then follow strict protocols that involve consultation with the Director of ICT and Assistant Deputy Principal of Year/Head of Primary. It is strongly recommended that parents do not contact other parents or students directly regarding the damaged article

How long will we have the device for?(back)
That is difficult to predict, but it is generally conceded that the iPad will have a 2-year useful lifetime in terms of battery and processor performance ­ but it could well be up to 3 years. The iPad has simply not been around long enough to make a better prediction.

I still have further questions/issues in relation to the iPad program. Where can I find out more information?(back)
The College hosts parent information nights and parent play sessions for parents new to the school and at other times. More information will be added to the College Website and be available via the weekly newsletter.