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Technology

At St Jerome’s Primary School technology is integrated across the curriculum.  Each class has a computer connected to either an Interactive Whiteboard or Television.  In each of our classes from Kindergarten to Year 3 there are a number of iPads for shared use.  In Year 4 to Year 6 students participate in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

Policies

Information and Communication Technology Agreement
(applies to all children Kindergarten to Year 6)
BYOD General Information and Agreement
(applies to all children in Year 4 to Year 6)

Please hold off on purchasing devices for 2018 until a decision has been reached by the Leadership Team regarding the device requirements.  Once a decision has been made, information will be posted on this site.


Memorandum to 2017 Year 4 and Year 5 Parents


Required Apps List 2017 - click here for more information.

As apps are released throughout the year, there may be some adjustment to the list below each term.  You may receive an email from your child’s class teacher, or the website may be updated.

Apps can be thought of as small programs, with developers releasing updates on a regular basis.  To ensure that apps function correctly it is important that they are updated.

Below is the core bank of apps required for 2017 Year 4 – 6.  This list will change in 2018 due to LEADing Lights from CEWA.
Prices from Apple are subject to change.

Required Apps Developer Cost
Book Creator for iPad Red Jumper Limited $7.99
Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera Belkin International, Inc. $7.99
Good News Bible HarperCollins Publisher Ltd $5.99
Graphic Organiser Bundle (includes Tools 4 Students, Tools 4 Students 2, ReadNRespond and CompareNContrast) Mobile Learning Services $2.99
iMovie (Free with a new iPad) Apple Free
iBooks Apple Free
Google Drive Google, Inc. Free
Google Docs Google, Inc. Free
Google Slides Google, Inc. Free
Google Keep Google, Inc. Free
Google Classroom Google, Inc. Free
Stop Motion Studio CATEATER, LLC Free
Socrative Student Socrative, Inc. Free
Calculator HD – Free Impala Studios Free
QR Code Reader – QR Code Scanner & QR Code Create Wen Studio Free

 

Apple iPad Prices - click here for more information.

As you can see below, prices vary from store to store, so you are encouraged to shop around for the best price.  Often you simply need to ask, “Is this your best price?”  Stores can discount when you ask, although this doesn’t occur at Apple stores.

Ensure that you specify the particular model of iPad and capacity as outlined below:

  • iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro 9.7″
  • 128GB
iPad Air 2 – 128GB iPad Pro 9.7” – 128GB

Apple Australia (Education) – CEWA Portal

$689.70

 $959.20

The Good Guys

 $679

 $947

Harvey Norman

 $678

 $997

Officeworks

$697

 $947

JB HiFi

$717

$998

Big W

$714 (Online)

 N/A

Disclaimer: Please note, these prices are correct as at Tuesday 25 October 2016.  The above list does not represent all companies that sell the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7″.  The school has no particular affiliation with any of the companies above.

iPad Pro

Students love learning when they see their imaginations come to life.  More than just a word processor or a textbook, iPad Pro can be an instrument, a paintbrush, a portable library and so much more.  As the most powerful iPad Apple offers, iPad Pro features the powerful A9X chip, immersive Four Speaker Audio, a front-facing camera and Touch ID.  A suite of built-in apps enable students to discover new skills and communicate their best learning.

iPad Protection - click here for more information - including cases and insurance.

It is recommended that you purchase a durable case or cover to protect your child’s iPad.  Some of the leading brands include:

  • Griffin Survivor (Please note prices are $US – but these can be purchased at many Australian stores)
  • Lifeproof (Please note prices are $US – but these can be purchased at many Australian stores)
  • Gecko Gear

iPads come with a 2 year warranty from Apple.  This warranty does not cover accidental damage, loss or theft.  iPads can be insured through many Home and Contents Insurance Policies, in some cases they are automatically insured.  It is important that you consider your own situation and speak with an insurance company for more information.

Disclaimer: The above list does not represent all companies that sell cases and covers suitable the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7″.  The school has no particular affiliation with any of the companies above.

General Care at Home and School - click here for more information.

Some general advice:

  1. Heavy objects should never be placed or stacked on top of the iPad. This includes books, musical instruments, sports equipment, etc.
  2. Use both hands when carrying the iPad.
  3. Covers should be in place anytime the iPad is not in use.
  4. Always put the iPad in a safe place when it is not being used.
  5. The iPad may be damaged by water. Keep it away from drinks, other liquids and rain.
  6. Don’t drink or eat while using the iPad.
  7. Clean the iPad with a soft lint free or microfiber cloth. Never use cleaning liquids.
  8. Take care when inserting and removing cords into the iPad. Never force cords into it as it may cause damage.
  9. Do not expose the iPad to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for extended periods of time.

Apple in Education - click here for more information.

Designed for Your Child

For more than 40 years, Apple has been committed to creating the best tools for learning.  Every detail — from the hardware and operating system to a suite of built-in apps that come standard on every device — is engineered from the inside out to be incredibly powerful, yet intuitively simple to use by every type of learner.  Learn more about Apple products in education: www.apple.com/au/education

Creative Engagement

Apple devices aren’t substitutes for traditional learning materials.  They’re tools that push what’s possible in the classroom, creating interactive experiences that inspire students to explore topics in new ways.  Learn more about all that the Apple ecosystem has to offer: www.apple.com/au/education/ipad/apps-books-and-more

Personalised Learning

Apple technology gives teachers the freedom to create customised learning plans that work best for each student’s unique learning style.  See how real teachers are transforming their classrooms: www.apple.com/au/education/real-stories

Proven Results

Students who learn with Apple are not only reaching their academic goals, they’re more engaged and more motivated.  Read about how it’s working: www.apple.com/education/docs/iPad_in_Education_Results.pdf

 

Digital Citizenship

Our students have grown up in a digital world; they’re tech-savvy and active learners.  Apple products are designed not only to be as engaging as this world students live in, but also to help students develop the skills they need for the future.  Students need to establish responsible use habits, and this starts at home with young learners.  Download the Family Time with Apps book, free on the iBooks Store, to help you create the kind of digital environment you want for your student: itunes.apple.com/au/book/family-time-with-apps/id947566683?mt=13