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BYO iPads 2014

26/08/2013
BYO iPads at Hilliard SS in 2014...
 
Concept Development

The BYO iPad program at Hilliard State School has come about from the successful eLearning agenda that our school has been on since the end of 2010.

In 2013, many say that we are a digitally rich school who values the importance of being digitally connected with our community and that we offer our students the best possible learning experiences with digital devices. Students at Hilliard currently have access to a large number of digital devices to support their learning, including approximately 80 iPads that are shared across the school. The iPads have proved to be a very useful tool to support student learning and will be the only platform allowed in the Hilliard State School BYO iPad Program in 2014.

With the concept of the BYO iPad program at Hilliard SS from 2014, we plan to impact student academic improvement, engagement, and attitude to learning as well as afford our students opportunities to further develop 21st century learning skills.
 
In 2012, every teacher was provided with a school owned iPad.
 
In 2013, all teachers and students have had opportunities to use iPads in their classrooms with a number of iPad KITs being made available. These included a number of iPads in each KIT that are securely stored and charged.
 
At the beginning of Semester 2 in 2013, teachers were required to complete an expression of interest if they wanted to teach a BYO iPad class in 2014. From 2014, a number of classes from Prep to Year 7 at Hilliard SS will allow students to bring their own (BYO) iPad.
 
On Monday, 19 August, we raised the idea at the P and C meeting and gained their support to move forward.
 
On Monday, 9 September 4-5pm in our school Hall, we will be hosting an information session for interested parents and will be providing the Hilliard SS iPad Program booklet to take home for parents to complete the Student Participation Agreement for their child to be considered for a BYO iPad class in 2014. We will welcome further feedback at the P and C meeting following this, starting at 7pm. I encourage all interested parents to attend (attendance with your school aged child/ren is ok).
 
Nearing the end of 2013, 2014 classes will be developed including the iPad classes.
In 2015, we will consider extending the number of teachers and classes allowing BYO iPads at Hilliard SS.
 
We have developed our own 7 steps to a successful BYO iPad program at Hilliard State School.
  1. Play (teachers and students)
  2. Strategic direction (increased student learning outcomes, productivity and student engagement)
  3. iPad management (school policy and procedures)
  4. Curriculum alignment (HOC, DP, teachers)
  5. Pedagogy (align to school pedagogical framework)
  6. Professional Development for teachers (including sharing best practice)
  7. Celebrate SUCCESS.
 
Professional development for teachers will continue to be a key priority.