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iPad Program

History and reasoning

Towards the end of 2009 the school community began to notice an increase in the level of digital confidence within schools and the community at large. In response CCGS assembled an IT committee consisting of Heads of Department and key teachers who were tasked with the sole purpose of identifying the best way to utilise a one-to-one device program within CCGS. Having visited several schools with existing one-to-one programs and examining the published / reported evidence the committee decided that CCGS would benefit from a one-to-one program if it were to address the following criteria.

  • The provision of instant access to the Internet
    • The Internet facilitates dynamic content driven classroom
    • Minimises on resource preparation time, and therefore improves teacher student contact time
  • The provision of student organisation and connectivity
    • The school diary
    • Calendar invites and reminders
    • Email and other connectivity
    • Access online portal systems
  • The provision of document management
    • Create, edit and view documents
    • Store and sort documents and versions
  • The provision of rich content and applications
    • Custom content view
    • Textbooks access
    • Curriculum / subject based interactive applications

Once the criteria was established, the iPad was chosen as the preferred one-to-one device for the following reasons:

  • Instant on and ready for use
  • Long battery life (Almost two working days of use)
  • Management and visibility in class
  • Mobility and form factor which facilitates easy transport and minimal impact on desk
  • Increased protection from viruses and malware
  • Cost effective tool which facilitates learning, rather than high cost device which places large expectations on curriculum change to suit investment

Deployment within the School (2016)

The iPad program at CCGS is intended to be a one device per boy program which provides ubiquitous access to connected learning for each boy.

  • Pre – Primary to 6: One class stored iPad per boy (restricted and managed)
  • Year  7 to  11:  One take home iPad per boy (restricted and managed)
  • Year 12: One take home iPad per boy (unrestricted but managed)

Devices and accessories

Student iPads are currently provided in the following accessories:

  • Pre-Primary to Year 6
    • 32Gb iPad Airs (WiFi only)
    • refreshed yearly
    • Case
    • Charging bay – Charged overnight at school
    • Apps
  • Year 7 to 12
    • 64Gb iPad Air 2 (WiFi Only)
    • New
    • Case
    • 10W charger and cable – for charging at home
    • Apps

Be ready to learn with the iPad – expectation of boys

  • Boys in years 10, 11 and 12 are expected to have (or create) an Apple iTunes account with password and have it associated with their own iPad
  • Boys in years 10, 11 and 12 are expected to have the requested software installed and ready for use at school
  • All senior school boys are expected to bring the iPad within its school supplied case to school every day
  • All senior school boys are expected to charge their iPads each night at home so as to enable a full day’s use of the device at school. Chargers should remain at home and returned when requested
  • Boys are expected to store the iPads in lockers when at sport or during other activities not requiring this device
  • Boys are expected to take care of the device to avoid any physical damage
  • Boys are expected to always comply with teacher requests and adhere to the iPad Acceptable Use Policy (below) and follow best practice digital citizenship guidelines, as taught by the school, when using their iPads

iPads at home

Considerations for home use of the device include:

  • Only applicable for students in the Year 7 to 12
  • The expectation of boys to charge their iPad each night
  • Boys maybe required to check for or complete homework on the iPad
  • The school diary is now presented electronically on the iPad. Parents are encouraged to look at this application regularly

Christ Church recommends the following for parents and guardians:

  • The iPads should be used in an open area, where it can be visually monitored
  • Invite your boys to show you what tools they have been using
  • You, the parent or guardian, regardless of any persuasive argument your son makes, always govern the use of the iPad at home
  • The iPad is owned by Christ Church Grammar School, which explicitly gives parents or guardians full authority over the device when it is at home

Cyber-safety

Christ Church Grammar School will continue to:

  • Educate boys on safe and responsible internet and social media use
  • Follow Federal Government and best practice approaches to cyber-safety in schools
  • Filter and monitor all content accessed by boys while at school. As such Christ Church strongly discourages parents and guardians from purchasing wireless hotspot devices, such as Internet enabled smartphones or routers or any form of independent Internet plans for their boys, as these circumvent the school filtering system
  • Limit access to social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and the like) at School only to boarding students for defined periods out of school hours
  • Educate Boys on Digital Citizenship and the expectation / responsibility of each person to protect their own online reputation as well as the reputation of their peers or teachers online 

Special CCGS iPad rules

  • Students are to refrain from taking and/or publishing photos and/or video of other students or staff without explicit prior consent of the person(s) involved
  • Students are prohibited from playing games or engaging in any off-task access between 8:30am and 3:05pm each school day
  • Students are prohibited from using the iPad during recess
  • Students are to always abide by the school Acceptable Use Policy
  • Students should not damage an iPad or case or related IT equipment intentionally.  If deemed purposeful, damages to equipment will be repaired at a cost to the parent / guardian. (This includes cutting or tearing holes in the CCGS iPad case provided)

All students are expected to abide by these rules at all times. As these rules exist to protect students, staff and property any breaches of these rules can escalate to the application of severe consequences based on issue and iteration of repetition.

iPad damage and replacements

While CCGS encourages students to take the utmost care with iPads, accidents and damage will happen. Some of the details pertaining to damage are as follows:

  • Having weighed the ultimate cost of both options to patents and guardians, the school has opted to use the Apple break-fix solution instead of a commercial insurance policy, to repair damaged iPads The school subsidises the cost of the break-fixes before transferring the remaining cost to the parent / guardian
  • The school insists on the replacement of iPads with cracked, chipped or shattered screens. This is due to the potential harm posed by fine pieces of damaged glass on eyes (for instance if rubbed).
  • The subsidised break-fix cost for any damaged iPad is $250. This will be charged to the students fee account. Please note that this figure is subject to fluctuations in industry costs of such break-fix programmes
  • The school actively discourages third party fixes of screens or of screen protector films once damaged as this voids any Apple warranty. If such an event is discovered the full cost of a replacement may be charged
  • Stolen, lost iPads or tampered-with iPads are replaced at a cost of $650, which includes as $55 case. This is a subsidised cost as well
  • Any damage to the case will be charged at $55 per incident if the damage was deemed to be intentional or through deliberate misuse
  • Damaged equipment will be kept at the CCGS Helpdesk for the duration of a week before it is sent off for break-fix replacement. During this time this equipment will be available for inspection if required

iPad acceptable use policy

All student at CCGS are expected to adhere to the following conditions when using a school approved or provided iPad. If these conditions are breached, students risk having disciplinary or legal action taken against them, or their Parent/Guardian.

While students are encouraged to explore and discover methods utilising this technology effectively within the schooling context, they are expected to refrain from:

  • Using this device to transmit any material in violation of any local, state, or federal law
  • The use of profanity, obscenity or other language that may be offensive to another student, member of staff or member of the community, when using this device
  • Committing any form of vandalism to and/or with this device
  • Copying and/or downloading (and sharing) of commercial software or other media (e.g. music / video) in violation of federal copyright laws with this device
  • Using this device for commercial trade
  • Using this device for gambling
  • Using this device to participate in illegal activities, eg hacking or spamming
  • Accessing pornographic or obscene content or networks via this device
  • Creating and/or introducing electronic viruses or malware with this device
  • Taking images or videos of other students or staff without their explicit consent
  • Accessing another student’s iPad without their consent
  • Accessing another student’s or staff member’s account
  • Bypassing the network security at the school via portable wireless devices (including smartphones),proxies or tunnelling
  • Hacking or jail-breaking the device
  • Installing beta or pre-release software on the device
  • Spoofing another device’s address details
  • Playing games on the device during school times
  • Removing the school network connection software from the device eg. certificates
  • Leaving the device unattended. (Store the iPad in your locker when it’s not needed)
  • Taking the device to your PE class, except when specifically requested by the teacher
  • Intentionally damaging any iPad or case

See glossary for explanations of technical terms.

Glossary of terms

  • Hacking – Gaining access to a file, device or network illegally or without authorisation or in a manner not intended by the manufacturer (in this case Apple)
  • Spamming – Sending of unsolicited e-mail, often of a commercial nature, sent indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups. This is also known as junk e-mail
  • Malware – Malicious computer software that interferes with normal computer functions or sends personal data about the user to unauthorised parties over the internet
  • Smartphone – A high-end mobile phone that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a basic mobile phone. A smartphone combines the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a mobile phone
  • Proxies – Website services that act as ‘intermediaries’ to access restricted websites
  • Tunnelling – Breaking through a restricted network (such as Christ Church) format using another approved network format eg to access file sharing networks, which can contain material legally subject to copyright and inappropriate content
  • Jail-breaking – A technique for overriding the software restraints on the iPad in order to install applications that Apple has not approved
  • Certificates – Are electronic documents, which uniquely identify devices and their owners
  • Spoofing – Masquerading a device as another device