Computer Requirements Kingston State College - Bring Your Own Device
Apple iPad Device
Kingston State College is transitioning towards becoming an iPad school. Our school's pedagogy and curriculum is being specifically designed with the iPad placed as the central learning tool for both students and teachers. Teachers use them as an environment to facilitate deeper engagement in the learning process, access higher order thinking skills and accelerate student-driven learning.
Our iPad Program is for all students from Years 7 to 12. All students are expected to have their iPad at school and charged, with enough space to save class work and install apps and books for educational and classroom purposes. In using their iPad, all students must abide by the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students.
Requirements and Technical Specifications for 2020
We recommend the iPad 6th generation with a minimum of 32gb storage for all families purchasing a new device in preparation for the 2020 school year.
This can be purchased from Apple Education www.apple.com/au/education or any other iPad authorised dealer.
The following devices are acceptable for students, however will not run some apps that may be required for curriculum purposes and may not be able to be updated to new operating system releases. These devices are not compatible with augmented reality.
- iPad 5th generation and below
The following add-ons should be considered essential when making your purchase:
- Keyboard (usually a part of the case)
- Glass screen protector
- Warranty and/or Accidental Damage Protection
- OPTIONAL: Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon
Please note the following information:
- The iPad mini does not meet the requirements and specifications for a device at Kingston State College. It does not support teaching and learning needs and is not compatible with NAPLAN Online.
- We do not recommend the purchase of a cellular enabled device. A Wi-Fi only model will reduce the cost of the device significantly without compromising the student's ability to complete school tasks. Students are required to access the internet and resources through the school's Wi-Fi network while at school. Use of cellular data while at school is in breach of the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students.
Apple provides in store and online support for all Apple products, regardless of where they are purchased. You can find out more information about Apple Support and Apple Care Products at https://support.apple.com/en-au
Microsoft Office 365 (including OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note)
Students are eligible for Office 365 Education free through the College, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive.
The Office 365 application is browser based and can be used to view and edit documents on student's devices.
OneDrive is a part of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite and provides
students a place in the cloud to store, share and sync files
Kingston State College is committed to ensuring all members of the school community have a safe and enjoyable online experience. Further information in relation to Cybersafety is made available to parents and students throughout the school year in the form of parent information sessions, school newsletters, targeted lessons, parent and student workshops and the school website.
Teachers at Kingston State College utilise Apple Classroom to allow them to easily monitor student iPad use while in the classroom environment. Within the Apple Classroom environment, teachers can monitor Bluetooth connected iPads, create workgroups, assign and share class activities and track students' progress.
Prior to determining the use of digital resources, teachers conduct a risk assessment in order to inform of any associated risks in relation to student e-safety and privacy. Teachers develop and implement strategies for mitigating such risks.
Tips and advice on what parents and guardians need to know, including online safety basics, good habits, privacy and the hard-to-have conversations is made available by the e-safety commissioner at https://www.esafety.gov.au
We recommend that for maximum security:
- Password or network key protection is enabled on all home and mobile WiFi networks
- Privacy and parental restrictions are password protected
- A passcode is set and not shared with others
There is a lot of new and emerging research available about screen time, and knowing where to look to for advice about what is right for a young person can be challenging. The e-safety commissioner provides useful information for schools and parents alike in determining appropriate screen time. It outlines that the right amount of screen time can depend on a range of factors, including:
- Age and maturity
- Learning and curriculum needs
- School and family routine
At Kingston State College, we consider a child's screen use in the context of the whole school environment and experience. We use a 7-step process in determining and monitoring screen time for our students:
- Being involved in student's screen experience
- Working with student's to set appropriate expectations
- Developing and implementing appropriate boundaries
- Setting device free zones and times at school
- Encouraging a balance of screen time with other activities
- Using e-learning tools to help monitor and manage access
Leading by example in assisting students to develop positive digital mindsets
Setting up your iPad: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202033
Updating your iPad to the latest Operating System: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204204
Backing up and restoring your iPad: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT203977
Creating an Apple ID without a payment method: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204034
Redeeming App Store & iTunes Gift Cards: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201209
Downloading apps and games using the App Store: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204266
Using parental controls on your child's iPad: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201304
Setting up Find My iPhone on all devices: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT205362
Setting up and using Family Sharing: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201060
Connecting to WiFi: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202639
If your child is in year, 11 or 12 their preference may be for a windows laptop. If this is your preferred option then the following specifications will need to be met in order for it to work on the schools network:
- I3 processor (though i5 preferred for coding)
- Anti-virus software
- Free HDD space 60 GB or more after installation of Windows Pro or Windows Education
- USB ports
- Battery life 6+ hours
All students in year 7 to 10 will be able to complete all of their on-line learning with the iPad. The iPad is suitable for students in the senior years that don't require specific software running on a laptop. Please see consult the subject teacher or the Head of Department Information Technology if you have any concerns.