iPads in 2017
In 2017 our iPad program moves to one-one in Years 5 through 8. This creates a progression from shared iPads in the lower grades to a device each in upper primary and middle school and then laptops for the remainder of the child’s schooling.
As an Apple Distinguished School, this strategy allows us to give students experience across the range of platforms they might be exposed to in the workplace, seamlessly allowing them to transition from one platform to the next.
It also allows us in the core Project-based learning years to democratise access to multimedia peripherals such as cameras and audio recording devices.
iPads have also been rapidly developing in capability due to the unparalleled developer community that continues to innovate faster than older software companies can on more traditional devices.
One area we are venturing into in 2017 is the Digital Technologies curriculum where every student will learn to code. Apple has released a ground-breaking technology called Swift Playgrounds that makes this coding vision a reality with a fun and interactive puzzle game that developmentally becomes harder as it teaches children the complexity of coding. These principles can then be transferred to other languages and build a great foundation for the future.
Headphones with a microphone
The more senses we engage, the more likely we are to retain our learning. Apps like Explain Everything allow students to discuss their thinking whilst visually demonstrating it. This is more effective when audio distractions can be minimised through the use of a microphone.
Another continually improving feature of the iPad is dictation. By clicking a button on the keyboard, a student can use voice commands to dictate their essays including paragraphing, speech marks, full stops and question marks. Have a look at the video to the right to see more on this.
The images below contain some shots of the kids of headphones you can purchase upwards from $10 from places like eBay, Officeworks or Kogan.