Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Device Use At School

Will my child use their iPad/laptop all the time?
No. iPads & laptops 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 laptop or iPad before school or during breaks?
Yes students can use their device during these times.
How will the iPad or laptop be stored at school?
Students will store their iPad or laptop in their school locker when not in use or in their classroom.
Will my child still learn how to hand write?
Yes. Devices 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?
No its not absolutely necessary 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. Talk to your internet service provider about getting a wireless router/modem if you choose to.
Can we put identification labels on the device and power cable?
Yes it is recommended that you label your  device and cable so its easily identifiable to others or if it becomes lost. The school has supplied a barcode but you are welcome to put other identification labels on there. Some students have also taken a photo of themselves as the lock/home screen.
How are students prevented from accessing non educational apps/websites?
Staff will monitor the use of devices in the classroom. Misuse in class will be treated the same as any other distracting activity and normal classroom discipline rules will apply.
Does the school backup student data?
No, students are responsible for ensuring their devices are backed up regularly.
Does the device need to be charged every day?
Yes. It is the students responsibility to charge the device before school every day with the power cord provided. The devices battery will last for at least 8 hours when fully charged.
Will devices promote poor posture?
Poor posture and associated strain are generally the product of fixed body position for an extended period of time. iPads & laptops are 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 devices 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. KICE devices potentially reduce the prospect of computer vision syndrome in the following ways.
  • Due to the 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 device or change body position to reduce glare.

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.

Equipment Related

Does my child need a wireless keyboard or mouse?
This is not a requirement. Parents are welcome to supply one, if they wish.
Should I insure my child’s device?
We recommend you consider insuring all non-consumable property that is brought to school.

Other Questions?


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