Our iPad Program
All students in Years 3 to 8 are required to have an iPad in class, while Years 9 to 12 students have options with BYOD.
It is preferable that students have an iPad capable of running the latest iOS (currently iPadOS15) because new apps and updates to existing apps will only be compatible with the latest version.
Students also need to make sure that, after all their apps are installed, they still have at least 8GB of free space to allow the iPad to remain updated and for school work.
As the year progresses the life in your battery may become a problem. Please ensure that the iPad is charged every night, it goes into Auto-Lock after few minutes of inactivity and the display is not set at its brightest.
Please note that some iPads and all iPad Mini models are no longer ideal because they will be exempt from the incompatible with NAPLAN testing from 2021.
The first thing you need to think about is the physical size of the iPad, a full size 9.7 inch or 10.5 inch.
Both will work well at Beaconhills College.
The larger 12.9 inch iPad Pro may be too big and cumbersome for school, especially for younger students.
The best advice is to go to the Apple Store and play with the iPads on show. See which one suits you. The colour is totally up to you.
Any size iPad will work at school, it depends how much storage you want for your own personal material. The minimum capacity is now 32GB which is adequate for school purposes.
There is the option to purchase a keyboard and a stylus. We recommend both.
A stylus (pen style instrument for a touch screen device) is very useful. Some students prefer to use a stylus, but often the cheap stylus can be more of a hinderance than a help. Students in Middle School have a stylus listed on the book lists.
A external keyboard gives easier and better control when typing. It is simpler to move from letters to numbers to symbols on an external keyboard. It can be very beneficial during the NAPLAN online testing.
Year 3 and 4 students are required to provide their own headphones or ear buds that work with their iPad. It is highly recommended that Middle School students also carry ear buds for use in the class room.
At Beaconhills, we protect our students with stringent Internet content filtering and security. If you provide an iPad with cellular function, students can utilise the telephone network to bypass our security and can accidentally or deliberately access inappropriate sites. We recommend Wi-Fi only for all student iPads. It is unnecessary for students to have a VPN app on their iPads that will bypass our content filters.
Apple announced that it closed all its education portals from September 30, 2020, so the Apple Family Funded Program will no longer be available.
And also, Apple have decided that it can no longer continue with its annual exclusive Beaconhills Parent Night at its Fountain Gate store.
You can still purchase Apple devices from their online store or parents can visit the Apple Store at any time and get assistance with selecting an iPad or MacBook, a suitable cover and, if necessary, creating and using an Apple ID and information on Family Sharing and Restrictions.
We have partnered with JB Education to provide Beaconhills families with easy access to great prices on a range of computer devices. This includes iPads, MacBooks and laptops by Microsoft and other suppliers as well a range of insurance options and various covers and bags.
- Parents can login at https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/.
- Parents are alerted by email when the purchases are ready for collection from their nominated JB HiFi store.
- Click here for more details including the JB HiFi Beaconhills school code.
There are a number of apps that are required by the College that students must have installed on their iPads. The specific apps depend largely on the year level of the student and lists can be found at the BeLearning Lounge under Apps, Books and other Resources.
Each icon is a link to the App Store and a simple tap will start the installation process. Parents should install all the apps before the start of the school year to ensure a smooth beginning.
The primary Learning Management System (LMS) at Middle School is Showbie, and for Junior School, Seesaw, which are free apps. Students use the College provided email/Google account and password to access these LMS.
Teachers use Showbie to provide electronic resources and interactive resources and students can use Showbie and Seesaw to electronically submit work. See here for more information on Showbie or Seesaw.
A cover with soft edges that will take a bump and the accidental drop. There are cases available that are drop-proof and waterproof. They are not cheap, but still cheaper than replacing a smashed screen. This will be your best insurance policy.
A cover with a built-in stand is also worth considering.
You will probably need to budget in the range of $35-60 for a decent cover. The more expensive, do not always mean the more protective. You can pick up a good quality case without spending a fortune.
All Apple mobile devices come with a one year warranty covering any manufacturer problems and 90 days of phone support.
You can purchase an additional year of warranty, Apple Care+, and a full two years of device support for a cost. It also covers two accidental breakages, with an excess payment of $65.
If your iPad does stop working or has a fault then you should still bring it back to the Apple Store and see if they can help out. Apple fully recognises Australian Consumer Law and will give you the protection that comes with that law.
Neither Apple Care or Australian Consumer Law will protect you against a broken screen or physically damaged iPad. Many home insurance policies will cover against this type of accidental damage. Call your insurance policy before something happens and see what they offer. There are also many insurance companies that will cover your electronic equipment for loss or damage. Do a web-search for “iPad insurance” and you will find many on offer.
If the screen is cracked we strongly recommend getting it fixed.
The best place to get a screen repaired is at the Apple Store and it will retain your warranty. Unfortunately Apple charges anywhere from $199 to $599 (plus tax) to fix a broken iPad screen, depending on the model.
The alternative is to have it replaced by a third party. This will be much cheaper, but could void your warranty. There a plenty of online services that can replace the screen for around $120-$180.