Continued responses to parent queries.
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1. The proposal just seems too expensive.
This concept needs to be looked at over the intended 3 year cycle. While some device programs have an annual fee per year, our proposal requires purchasing of nearly all its requirements up front. Hilder Road State School has comparatively low student enrolment costs, and if your family opts out of this program, this will not change. Be aware that The Gap High School are considering BYOD options beginning next year to take the place of the device leasing scheme that is currently costing parents between $250 and $350 per year.
2. How will you manage iPad use to ensure the children are not 'glued to their iPad' all day?
The iPad classrooms will be managed like any other classroom. The iPads will not be used for every teaching situation and there will be a routine for placing them in a position from which they should not be touched. If they are misused there will be clear consequences. The iPads will not be used as a 'gaming' device, but we aim to use mainly generic apps that can be incorporated across the curriculum.
3. Is there wifi access in the classrooms?
Yes, it will be necessary in order for us to get the most from the iPads. All classrooms in the school currently have wifi access, however, we are reviewing the speed of this access for next year. The immediacy of access to information etc is one of the benefits of a 1 to 1 program in a school situation. As in the above question, there will always be management considerations surrounding this access.
4. How will the students be selected for the classes?
There will be a number of factors taken into consideration with regard to selecting the makeup of the classes next year. Firstly, parent interest: if we do not get enough interest from parents, the proposal will not go ahead. Secondly, we will take into consideration all the usual issues that we would when selecting students for any new class. There will, of course, be special considerations for students where there is educational merit in offering an iPad to benefit their particular learning style.
5. Will there still be a stationery levy for the iPad classes?
Yes, though we will review the booklist to decide whether all the current items are necessary, these classes were never intended to be paperless. The students will still be writing in books, colouring in, cutting and gluing as they have always done.
Again, if you have any further questions or comments regarding what has been discussed please contact me through this link: Andrew Collins