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 this document.
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 in schools, 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. Throughout our trial year of using shared class sets of iPads, we have realised that to fully utilise the power of the iPad as a learning tool, pupils require their own device with constant access to their own files and work in progress.
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:
To provide instant access to a bank of resources, without the need for lots of paper worksheets
For guided research
To share an individual’s work instantly on the interactive whiteboard for discussion with the class
To complete an electronic quiz, allowing a whole class to respond to a teacher’s questions either together or at their own pace
To view or create a screencast of a question being answered
To make a multi-media presentation about the topic being studied
To annotate a set text or diagram 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:
As a personal planner, to keep track of homework and other tasks
To submit work electronically and to receive feedback electronically (with the possibility of oral feedback)
To provide a forum for discussion
For 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 just tools.
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.
Each iPad case will be issued with the pupil’s name on a label as a quick means of identification. 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 child 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 two devices.
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 physical keyboards.
Yes. It is expected that each pupil will bring their 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 child. Please note that should you forget this passcode, the iPad would have to be completely reset and your child 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 their iPad to each lesson, just as they are expected to bring the appropriate books and stationery. However, if a pupil leaves their iPad at home, he or she may be able to make use of a small supply of spare devices, though access to your child’s own files may not be available.
Again, each pupil should take responsibility for ensuring that their iPad is fully charged when they arrive 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.
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.
The iPad can be used in this way within reason. However, the device is primarily for school work, and the installed apps will reflect this. Non-educational games are not permitted.
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.
Unlike the Senior School, in the two Prep Schools, we have made the decision to control the downloading of apps on the pupils’ devices. Pupils may request that particular apps are installed onto the iPads and the School can carry this out centrally after the educational value of the apps has been verified. The pupil digital leaders will also help in this checking process.
The Apple ID allows your child 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 child to back up their iPad’s content. This means that if the iPad is lost, wiped, damaged or simply replaced at the end of the lease period, all their data can be easily restored.
It is very important that your child remembers their Apple ID and their 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 their 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 child does on their 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 child the ground rules around the iPad’s use out of school and your access to the data she stores on it. For pupils of Prep School age, we would always recommend that homework tasks on the iPad are carried out in a shared room within the house and not in the pupil’s bedroom.
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 pupils the need for down-time away from their devices, and the value of face-to-face communication. It is recommended that the boys and 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.
Computing and PSHCE sessions will cover many issues, such as cyber-bullying and misuse of technology. Our pupils are encouraged to report any inappropriate online behaviour to staff. We encourage parents to have regular open discussions with their children about E-safety issues, such as what they should do if they see upsetting images via the Internet. We encourage parents to talk to the School if they have particular concerns and offer advice wherever possible. See our Learning Space at: http://learn.surbitonhigh.com/boysprep/e-safety/
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.
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 handwritten for the foreseeable future and the fact that we view handwriting as a vital skill every child needs to develop.
There may be occasions when children are given research tasks that require retrieving information from particular websites. However, pupils will be taught the skills of focussed research and they will learn how to be selective in the information that they find on the internet and that ‘plagiarism’ is not acceptable practice.
Search engines that are used for more child-friendly research include:
https://duckduckgo.com and http://www.kidrex.org
There is no expectation for pupils to print from their iPads and they will not be doing this in School. Hopefully this will lead to less printer ink being used up too!
Whilst we will restrict the pupils so that they are unable to email outside of the School, in order to facilitate collaborative work and learn about appropriate communication, the pupils will be able to use email within School. This is for school-based work and not for ‘chatting’.