Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are answers to some frequently asked questions.

iPad Use At School

Will my child use their iPad all the time?
No. iPads are tools for learning that will be used along with all the other tools available at school and home (e.g. pen, paper, calculators, books, computers etc).
Will children use their iPads before school or during breaks?
Yes students can use their iPad during these times.
How will the iPads be stored at school?
Students will store their iPad in their school locker when not in use or in their classroom.
Will my child stlll learn how to hand write?
Yes. iPads will not replace handwriting.  The mode of communication used will depend on the learning opportunity
Will internet access be filtered?
Yes. KICE uses government proxy servers to filter internet access.  We also have the capacity to control internet access by year level and group. All internet access via our network (WiFi and wired) is filtered. It is worth noting that no filter system is perfect given the dynamic nature of the internet.
Will I need a wireless network at home for the iPad?
No its not absolutely necessary as you can plug the iPad into a computer to install apps & setup Apple ID. There is also many functions the iPad can do without internet access. However it would be advantageous so they have access to their school emails and other internet functions for educational use whilst at home. iPads will only connect to the internet wirelessly, you can not plug a modem network or USB cable into them. Talk to your internet service provider about getting a wireless router/modem if you choose to become wireless at home.
Can we put identification labels on the iPad and USB power cable?
Yes it is recommended that you label your  iPad and USB cable so its easily identifiable to others or if it becomes lost. The school has supplied a barcode for the iPad and a label for the case but you are welcome to put other identification labels on there. Some students have also taken a photo of themself as the lock screen page which helps to identify the iPad to the student easily.
What apps can my child install on the iPad?
Please refer to the Apps page on this portal for more information.
How are students prevented from accessing non educational apps/websites?
Staff will monitor the use of iPads in the classroom. Misuse of the iPad in class will be treated the same as any other distracting activity and normal classroom discipline rules will apply.
Does the school backup the iPads?
No, students are responsible for ensuring their devices are backed up regularly by either connecting it to their home computer, or using the iCloud backup service.
Does the iPad need to be charged every day?
Yes. It is the students responsibility to charge the iPad before school every day with the white power cord provided. The iPad’s battery will last for at least 10 hours when fully charged.
Will iPads promote poor posture?
Poor posture and associated strain are generally the product of fixed body position for an extended period of time. Desktop computers and laptops are more likely to cause strain because they control posture. iPads are more mobile and light, which means they can be used with a wider variety of postures. It is easier to shift positions while remaining engaged. If you have concerns about your child’s posture, please consult a doctor.
Will iPads cause eye strain?
Looking at any screen (computer, TV or iPad) for a long period of time without resting your eyes may cause eye strain. This is commonly called computer vision syndrome and relates to computer and laptop monitors. One of the reasons for using iPads is they potentially reduce the prospect of computer vision syndrome in the following ways.
  • Due to its mobile nature, the chance of staring at a fixed focal length for an extended period of time is reduced.
  • The brightness of the screen can be easily adjusted to match the lighting conditions.
  • It is easy to tilt the iPad or change body position to reduce glare.

The retina display on school iPad mini’s may help to address this issue.  Gary Heiting, an optometrist and associate editor of the site All About Vision, says “A key factor in something that’s called computer vision syndrome, or just eye strain from computer use, is screen resolution,” Heiting says. “The new iPad, with twice the resolution of the iPad 2, 264 ppi (pixels per inch) instead of 132, people are going to notice less pixelation, especially in a small typeface. It’s not just an enjoyment issue or an aesthetic issue, but it’s definitely a visual comfort issue, over time.” (Mashable, 2012). If you have concerns about your child’s vision, please consult an optometrist.

What do you advise about volume levels for headphones?
As a general rule, the volume levels of headphones should be low enough to hear a person speaking at normal levels when standing one metre away.  The volume for music can be limited on the iPad via Settings > Music > Volume Limit.

Equipment Related

What do I need to purchase? Should I purchase a case for my child’s iPad?
Please refer to the … hardware page.
Does my child need a bluetooth keyboard for his/her iPad?
This is not a requirement. Parents are welcome to supply one, if they wish. It is worth noting, we will still have computers with keyboards and mice for specialist subjects. Keyboarding will still be taught in Business subjects.  Additionally, students have commented that they find using the split on-screen keyboard quite efficient once they developed the relevant skills.  The iPads also includes a feature that allows the user to dictate (voice-to-text in any app). The accuracy of this feature is constantly improving and seems to be the way of the future.
Should I insure my child’s iPad?
We recommend you consider insuring all non-consumable property that is brought to school.

Other Questions?

Email info@kice.sa.edu.au

“This information have been used with permission from the Redlands College iPad portal - https://ipad.redlands.qld.edu.au.”