The iPad Programme
The College has a 1:1 computer ownership programme where every student from Year 9 to Year 13 has an iPad for his or her schoolwork.
Since starting in 2013 with a Year 9 pilot project, we have been incrementally building our iPad programme to the point where, from 2017, all students in Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 have been required to have an iPad for classroom and school use. This continues into 2020.
Please note that a laptop or alternative tablet are not viable alternatives for your son’s or daughter’s school use at any level.
All students must have adequate iCloud or similar cloud storage and backup capacity and are expected to take responsibility for backing up their information. For information on how to back up your iPad on iCloud please click here.
When purchasing your son's or daughter's iPad, please note the following:
- Any of the current iPad models — the 11" or 12.9" iPad Pro, 10.9" iPad Air or 10.2" iPad — are suitable, although we strongly recommend the iPad Pro for senior students. Please note that the iPad Mini is not suitable for our purposes.
- Stylus — students should have an Apple Pencil as appropriate for their iPad (Apple Pencil 1 or 2, NZ$159|219). All three models now support the Apple Pencil, although the two iPad Pro 2018 models are only compatible with the new Apple Pencil 2; the iPad Air and iPad are compatible with Apple Pencil 1.
- Keyboard — this is optional and would be a matter of personal preference. Our recommendation is the Apple Magic Keyboard (NZ$149) which is full-sized and light. The battery lasts for months between charging. We do not recommend the Smart Keyboard Folio (NZ$299|349) as that effectively turns the iPad into a laptop configuration, making it more difficult to use the Pencil effectively. For class use the iPad should be at the flatter 12º angle, which the Smart Folio enables.
- If a student’s Ed Psych report recommends the use of a computer for schoolwork, then he or she should use a Bluetooth keyboard in conjunction with his or her iPad.
- Protective case — a suitable protective case is essential: it must provide robust protection but not sacrifice the iPad’s form-factor and operability. There are many protective cases available on the Apple Store or elsewhere: your choice will be determined by a number of factors but consider balancing protection and compactness or lightness. Our recommendation is the Smart Folio (for iPad Pro, NZ$149|199) or Smart Cover (for iPad or iPad Air, NZ$129). This does not offer much protection, so a sleeve would also be required: these can be purchased through third party vendors, or the NZ Apple Store has the Native Union Stow Slim Sleeve for both 12.9” and 11” models.
Contact Mr David Parr (Head of E-learning) if you have any queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
The College has put together a suite of apps and associated services that are needed on students’ iPads. Some specific subjects or Year levels may require additional apps which the student will need to install as required.
Click here for the list of required apps to your iPad.
Instructions to install apps
The app links on the PDF are live. Open the PDF on your iPad and tap the links to download and install the apps directly.
Please ensure that your iPad is completely set up with these apps before the start of the College year.
Some apps require you to join up to cloud services - these are all free:
Some apps require you to join up to cloud services — these are all free:
- iTunes U (Apple ID)
- Google Drive (Google ID)
- YouTube (Google ID)
- Adobe Slate (Adobe ID)
Purchasing Apps or services for College use
iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone are based on a model of personal ownership that operates through the user’s unique Apple ID.
This model extends from app ownership through to services such as iCloud or iTunes U, which we use to deliver courses to our students.
The purchasing of apps and management of subsequent updates are controlled by the owner of the Apple ID. App ownership and service subscriptions can be transferred from one device to another because they are linked to the user’s Apple ID or service subscription, not the device. Because of this, we require students to purchase a suite of apps for schoolwork using their Apple ID so that they are in control of the app and its data.
Using a unique Apple ID
An Apple ID is the personal account you use to access Apple services like the App Store, iTunes Store, iTunes U, iCloud, iMessage, the Apple Online Store, FaceTime and more.
It includes the email address and password you use to sign in, as well as all the contact, payment and security details that you will use across Apple services.
Because we use iTunes U for delivery of academic courses, having a single, valid Apple ID is essential.
Creating Your Apple ID
A personal email address is required for creating an Apple ID. It makes sense to create or use an existing Apple @icloud.com or @me.com address for this, but any existing email account will do (e.g. a student’s College or Gmail account). Students aged 13 years old or over he can create an email account for themsleves; if the student is under 13, his/her parent or legal guardian will have to create an account for him/her (see Family Sharing below).
The same age restriction applies to creating an Apple ID: under US federal law (which also appears to apply in New Zealand), no one under the age of 13 can create an Apple ID themselves. This is a legal requirement restricting the amount of information that can be gathered about children under the age of 13. A person under that age can have an Apple ID but it must be created by a parent or legal guardian.
In addition the parent or legal guardian is the one with the ability to change and recover the password for the account. It is very important, therefore, that the parent or guardian remembers all relevant details. The best way to set up an Apple ID for a child under 13 years old is for a parental account holder to activate Family Sharing. Once over 13 years old, a child can leave Family Sharing, a process explained here.
Creating an Apple ID without a Credit Card
It is possible to create an Apple ID for students aged 13 or over without a credit card. The procedure for this can be found here.
If your child is under the required age, a credit card is required as, in order to comply with child online privacy protection laws, you will use the CVV or security code from a valid credit card as part of providing your parental consent. You can limit what content your child can access on the devices they use when setting up Family Sharing, or by setting Restrictions on an iOS device or Parental Controls on OS X and iTunes. Ask to Buy is enabled by default for children under 13. Alternatively, you can gift your son or daughter the required apps or give him or her iTunes Store cards to redeem.
iTunes U and your Apple ID
Because iTunes U identifies a student by his or her Apple ID, it is vital that every student has his or her unique Apple ID. If a student uses his or her parent’s Apple ID, the parent’s name will then appear in the iTunes U class roster and markbook rather than the student’s.