In addition to being a powerful tool to complement what
already works well in the classroom, the iPad will encourage independent
learning, provide the facility for resources to be shared more easily, allow
for more variety in how tasks are completed, and enable feedback to be issued
in ways that are appropriate to suit each individual pupil. There are many ways
in which this technology will be able to enhance the excellent teaching and
learning that already takes place at Surbiton High School, some of which are listed later in
By harnessing the potential of this new technology,
and using it appropriately as a tool to support teaching and learning, our
teachers and students will have the opportunity to become more efficient, more
innovative, more creative and more effective. The technology is being used more
and more both in universities and in the workplace, and so we aim to equip our
pupils with the skills that they will need in later life.
Each pupil’s device will be linked to their e-mail address
and the School Network and will be used to access their own personal files.
Schools all over the country,
and indeed worldwide, have begun to embrace mobile technology. There are schools
where every pupil has had a tablet for a few years already, as well as those,
like Surbiton High School, where tablets are being introduced, and those where students are
encouraged to bring their own devices.
This will vary depending on the teacher and on the aims of
that particular lesson. The iPad is not intended to replace effective teaching
and learning methods that are already in place, but as another tool that, when
used in the right way and at the right time, can enhance the lesson. Students
can expect a greater variety of tasks throughout the school day, and even
within each lesson, some of which will make use of the iPad.
Some examples of how the iPads might be used are:
provide instant access to a bank of resources, without the need for lots of
share an individual’s work instantly on the interactive whiteboard for
discussion with the class
complete an electronic quiz, allowing a whole class to respond to a teacher’s
questions either together or at their own pace
view or create a screencast of a question being answered
- To make a multi-media presentation
about the topic being studied
annotate a set text or other source material in a variety of ways, without
being constrained by what will fit on a piece of paper
- To provide instant access to subject-specific software e.g. a graphing program for Mathematics
Many of the uses above could also form part of homework
tasks. In addition to this, the iPad could be used:
a personal planner, to keep track of homework and other tasks
submit work electronically and to receive feedback electronically (with the
possibility of oral feedback)
provide a forum for discussion
easier access to school e-mail accounts, with the potential to improve
communication between teachers and pupils
No. They will be used as and when the teacher deems it to
be appropriate. When they are used, this will not always be for an extended
period of time.
Yes. There will be tasks for which pupils will have the
choice as to whether or not they make use of their iPads, but there will also
be times when the activity will simply not be possible without a tablet, just
like some tasks would not be possible without a pen. Both pen and tablets are
All costs will be covered within the school budget. The
iPads will be leased, enabling us to spread the payments over a period of two
years, after which the devices will be returned to our lessor and newer models
will be issued to pupils.
The iPads remain the property
of the lessor. When the two-year lease period expires, or when the pupil leaves
the school, the device will be returned.
A protective case, which must be used at all times, and a
charging cable will be issued with every iPad.
It is recommended that pupils personalise their iPad case
in a discreet and tasteful way, to make it distinguishable from those of their
peers, perhaps by using stickers or labels. However, no stickers or other
markings should be made on the device itself. In addition, lock-screen and
desktop background pictures can be changed to personalise the device further.
Yes. The iPad issued by the school will be for academic
use, and the apps and other content will be controlled and guided by the
school. If your daughter already has a tablet, it is recommended that it is
kept for personal use and that, in this way, a distinction is drawn between the
Yes – the two have very
different functions. There are some tasks, e.g. word processing, for which a
laptop would be more appropriate, but likewise there are other tasks for which
the iPad is better suited and some that simply would not be possible on a
laptop. There is also emerging evidence that children who are used to
touch-screens can actually type faster and more accurately on them than on
Yes. It is expected that each pupil will bring her iPad
home on a daily basis. It will be used for some pieces of homework, and it will
need to be charged overnight. The cost of charging an iPad overnight is
estimated to be £0.87 per annum.
It is recommended that, where possible, usage takes place in shared areas of the house and overnight charging of the device occurs outside of the pupil’s bedroom. Internet filtering is also available on most home wireless network through your Internet service provider. These vary from basic filtering of inappropriate content to more sophisticated controls that would allow you, for example, to block access to social networking sites during homework time. There are also Internet security services, such as Open DNS, that will allow you to control and filter what can be accessed through your home wireless network.
In addition, in the iPad’s settings, it is possible to set restrictions to filter content and block the installation of apps or downloading content from the iBook store without parental approval, among other things. Simply go to Settings and then Restrictions. Activate the required restrictions and password protect these restrictions by setting a passcode that is known only to you and not your daughter. Please note that should you forget this passcode, the iPad would have to be completely reset and your daughter may risk losing her data. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss these options.
Each pupil should take responsibility for bringing her
iPad to each lesson, just as they are expected to bring the appropriate books
and stationery. However, if a pupil leaves her iPad at home, she may be able to
make use of a small supply of spare devices, though access to your daughter’s
own files may not be available.
Again, each pupil should take responsibility for ensuring
that her iPad is fully charged when she arrives at school each day. If this is
not the case, pupils will be able to make use of designated areas within the
school with the capacity to charge a small number of devices and, if necessary,
a pupil might be able to borrow from a small supply of spare devices.
The iPads will be covered by a comprehensive insurance
policy. Stolen or accidentally damaged iPads will be replaced. However, this
may not apply in cases where devices are lost or damaged due to neglect. The
cost of replacing an iPad in these circumstances could be passed on partly or
in full to parents. Such cases will be dealt with on an individual basis.
The password protection that is in place on the device,
together with the ability to track their location, means that they should not
be a tempting proposition for thieves. Evidence from other schools using iPads
suggests that this has not been an issue.
Pupils will be shown how to protect their iPad by using
the appropriate settings, to minimise the risk of the device being tampered
with should it fall into the wrong hands.
Yes. However, it is likely
that the number of paper textbooks needed will be reduced as we begin to
transition to provide content via digital means.
The iPad can be used in this way within reason. However, the device is primarily for school work, and so other content should not be installed at the expense of school related material. Non-educational games are not allowed and girls may face sanctions if they are found to have downloaded unauthorized games.
Following careful and detailed review of the options,
including visiting several other one-to-one schools, Surbiton High School has determined that the
iPad represents the best educational solution available at this point in time.
We are designing our infrastructure and processes so that we can, in the
future, adapt our approach to take advantage of better solutions should they
emerge. The school feels that it is important that we preserve the ability to
provide the best educational experience and are not tied into a specific brand.
The iPad Air is a powerful tablet computer. It has a large screen but is much more lightweight than the previous models of the same size, with ample storage capacity (up to 32GB) that will allow for a wide range of apps with space left over for any files, photos or videos that need to be stored on a temporary basis. More permanent, virtually limitless storage capacity is offered via the School Network and Office 365, both of which can be accessed through the iPad on and offsite.
The distribution of apps will be controlled by the school,
using Mobile Device Management software. This means that the core apps will be
chosen and paid for by the school, and a download prompt will be sent to the
pupils’ screens enabling them to be installed.
Yes. However, this can only be
done if there is sufficient storage for them alongside all of the school
related content and, to download paid apps in this way, credit card details
would need to be linked to your daughter’s Apple ID. Please note that you can
set the iPad’s own parental controls so that only you, not your daughter, can
authorise any purchases made through the iPad.
The Apple ID allows your daughter to access the iPad’s
essential functionality, such as the ability to create and edit documents,
presentations and spreadsheets. In addition, The Apple ID, through iCloud,
allows your daughter to back up her iPad’s content. This means that if the iPad
is lost, wiped, damaged or simply replaced at the end of the lease period, all
her data can be easily restored.
It is very important that your daughter remembers
her Apple ID and her Apple ID password. We recommend that they are written down
and kept somewhere safe.
iCloud is a service from Apple that allows users to back
up their data and also store files, such as documents or presentations, so that
that they can be accessed and edited remotely, even from a PC or laptop via
iCloud.com. Simply log on using the Apple ID and password.
Please ensure that iCloud back up is always enabled.
The School has put in place means for pupils to access resources from virtually anywhere, providing they have an internet connection. The main apps we are using for this are: Magellan, which allows students to access files stored in the School network; Office 365, Microsoft’s suite of office tools and file storage; Showbie, an app that allows teachers and students to transact School work and resources; and the Digital Learning Spaces, which is a means for pupils to access subject content via their iPads.
This is not a decision that has been taken lightly by
the school and is the culmination of months of investigation, piloting,
visioning and learning from other, similarly forward-looking schools. Our digital strategy has therefore
arisen from our research into what makes teaching and learning
successful. From this it was apparent that every aspect involved in both
teaching and learning can be supported by the effective use of technology both
in the classroom and at home.
Staff are being trained to be
aware of possible opportunities for misuse. Pupils will be informed as to what
constitutes appropriate usage through the Responsible Use Policy – any pupils
who behave inappropriately will face the possibility of sanctions, as they would
with any other misbehaviour. If it is suspected that a pupil is misusing her
device, it will be possible for us to monitor the content that is installed,
and also to see which websites or games have been accessed.
When on school grounds, the same kind of Internet
restrictions that apply to school computers will be applied to the iPads
through the WiFi connection. When at home, the desired restrictions would need
to be put in place on your home network. If you are unsure about how to do
this, it is recommended that you contact your Internet service provider, who
will advise you on the different options they offer families. We would be
delighted to advise you, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any
queries about this. Please see above: How can I control/monitor what my daughter
does on her iPad at home?
The nature of the device appears to promote sharing
– many schools have found that parents learn a great deal more about their
child’s school life through the work that they show them on the iPad than they
would have otherwise. In addition, it is important that parents feel that this
initiative does not introduce problems at home; you will want to discuss with
your daughter the ground rules around the iPad’s use out of school and your
access to the data she stores on it.
Although studies have shown that spending a long time
watching television is not advisable for children, or indeed anyone, using a
tablet is very different. There is a growing body of research showing that new
technologies can engage children without harmful effects. A tablet user is
interacting with the device, stimulating brain activity, rather than passively
observing, as is the case with television.
The school will emphasise to the girls the need for
down-time away from their devices, and the value of face-to-face communication.
It is recommended that girls do not use their iPads for at least an hour before
bedtime, so that their brains are not over-stimulated when they go to bed.
The way that technology is being used is rapidly changing,
both in and out of the workplace. Our aim is to enable the pupils firstly to
identify when its use is appropriate, and secondly to develop the necessary
expertise and confidence to use it effectively. So, we don’t view using tablets
as “reliance upon”, but rather as “facility with” technology.
PSHE sessions will cover many issues, such as
cyber-bullying, misuse of technology and sexting. Students are encouraged to
report any inappropriate online behaviour to staff.
Support will be available in the form of Digital Leaders
in each class (trained and confident pupils, who will assist in troubleshooting
any technical problems that arise).
The iPad Air is reasonably light, and its introduction
will mean that the school planners will become redundant. It is also likely
that, as our supply of our electronic resources increases, pupils will not need
paper copies of so many textbooks. There will certainly be fewer paper handouts
to add to the weight of the bag!
We do not see iPads replacing handwriting.
Pupils will still be expected to complete tasks with pen and paper when
appropriate, especially when considering that most terminal exams will remain
hand-written for the foreseeable future and the fact that we view handwriting
as a vital skill every child needs to develop.