What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. BYOD allows students to bring their own personal technology device into the classroom. The BYOD of choice at Cerdon College is the Apple iPad Air 2.
The main advantage of BYOD is that teachers, parents and students can be assured that they are equipped with the latest technology that has the capability, performance and reliability required for student learning. The BYOD program will not only provide students with access to expanded global resources and content, but will also give students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and facilitate creative problem solving.
What device does my daughter have to bring?
We require that each student has an Apple iPad Air 2 (128GB storage version) as the designated device to be used for learning at the school. This has been chosen based on its proven reliability, compatibility and excellent performance of its battery life. This is important as students will not be able to charge their device during the school day. You may choose to purchase an iPad Pro, if you wish. We recommend purchasing this device with the largest possible storage you can afford.
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s (CEDP) network does not support Android devices.
Where can we purchase the device from?
We recommend that you purchase your daughter’s device along with any peripherals through the CEDP Apple Purchase Portal.
Buying from the portal provides you with:
- An Apple staff member who will set up your daughter’s device so that it is ready for her first day of Year 7
- Ongoing technical support to CEDP families in store, over the phone or online
- An education discount
- Access to workshops at both the Apple Stores at Penrith and Castle Hill to teach families how to maximise the use of their daughter’s device.
Another option is to purchase your own iPad Air 2 (128GB) from Officeworks, JB Hi Fi, Big W, Harvey Norman, etc and negotiate your best price. We also recommend the AppleCare warranty, but please be sure to read the AppleCare protection plan warranty information carefully to understand what it covers at http://apple.co/1OMrB37.
What if my daughter already owns an iPad 2, 3 or 4 or an iPad Mini or an iPad Pro?
If you already own an iPad device it is important when considering whether to purchase a new iPad Air 2 (128GB) if the iPad you currently own is compatible with the most recent version of the iOS (operating system) which is iOS 10 and whether your device will be compatible with future updates. If you are unsure, please check with Apple. The iPad 2 and 3 and the original iPad mini are not compatible with iOS 10. The latest iOS contains Swift Playgrounds which is used to teach coding.
Why purchase and use an iPad? Why not a laptop computer?
iPads are mobile devices, light enough to carry from home to school and can easily be stored in your daughter’s school bag without adding too much weight. We needed a device that was small enough to sit on a desk, fast enough to stream video, create movies and other digital content and with enough storage for managing apps and app content. Laptops do not provide the same level of interaction between students and students and with their teacher; the iPad allows students to ‘lean in’ and share the learning without a sea of screens between users. As we are committed to writing, it was important to choose a device that did not bind students to a keyboard, while enabling them to capture and produce visual and digital content to demonstrate their learning. We use Google Apps for Education and as such each student has unlimited storage of documents, slides and spreadsheets, video (YouTube), email (Gmail), blogs (Blogger), websites (Sites) and Photos. Storage was not, therefore, a driver of the decision.
An iPad cannot do everything. Will I need to purchase another device?
No. We will continue to maintain a combination of laptop and desktop devices here at school. Student surveys have shown that most students had one or more other devices at home that they could use if they required a keyboard. We also have a borrowing programme for laptops should a student need one. Department of Education research has shown that the choice of device has no impact on the performance of a student completing an online assessment such as NAPLAN.
How will teachers be using the iPad in the classroom?
At Cerdon College teachers use a Blended approach to learning (see http://bit.ly/1upOPgZ), which combines face-to-face teaching with a sensible approach to using technology to supplement classroom learning. Examples of the pedagogies we have been using include project based and flipped learning. The aim is to make technology use in the classroom as ubiquitous as possible; digital content helps with differentiating the curriculum and personalising learning for students. The real 1:1, however, are the relationships teachers develop with each student in the classroom and which account for much of the gains in student achievement.
What happens if the iPad is damaged at school?
As it is a personal device, all repairs and damages will be the responsibility of the students and their families. We highly recommend that you purchase Apple Care warranty on these devices as well as a protective case or cover.
Will there be on site support for my daughter?
The School Technical Support Officers are not permitted to repair any BYOD iPad. However, they are permitted to assist students in connecting to the school Wi-Fi network. They can also assist by helping the students determine whether the device needs to be repaired through the warranty. If a device that has no warranty needs repair, they can supply a list of repairers who will be able to fix it, however no recommendations can be made.