Our School - iPad Program

iPad Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program 2016

Overview                                                                               Purchase Options

Technology is a major part of everyday life. Children come to school already knowing how to use this technology. At O'Connor Primary we harness this knowledge to extend and complement the curriculum. The school has purchased a number of iPads to be used across the classes. Each class has a set of at least 8 iPads to use to complement the curriculum.
Students made posters using the piccollage app to promote the safe use of iPads in the classroom.

These are exciting times for your children in education as they share, develop and communicate using available Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Students today need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them in school and beyond. Moreover, students will need to be highly skilled in using the technologies to build towards higher or more advanced learning. Parent letter.
Please see this short video on the importance of an iPad program.
Expectations of the National Australian Curriculum
Under the Australian Curriculum, it is expected that students learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create, and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school.
The following link outlines curriculum expectations for the end of Foundation (PP), Year 2, 4 and 6 in the areas of
  • Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT
  • Investigating with ICT
  • Creating with ICT
  • Communicating with ICT
  • Managing and operating ICT
Together, the teachers and School Board have researched current ICT best practice in education and O’Connor Primary School’s current and future capacity to deliver this. With this at the forefront, the School Board strongly supported the introduction of a 1:1 program.
1:1 programs are our next step towards individualising learning, which can increase independence and self-initiated learning in students, and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
1:1 programs are also known as 'anywhere, anytime' programs. These programs provide students with personal portable computers to enhance opportunities for learning. The devices help nurture individual (or 1:1) learning experiences. 
In the past few years, a broad range of schools in Western Australia have chosen to introduce 1:1 laptops or iPads. These programs mean that every child in particular year levels has a parent funded (via lease or purchase) laptop/iPad that is used by the student at school as a tool to support their learning. In all cases, these programs have been introduced after careful consideration by the school and engagement with the school community.
At O’Connor Primary, we currently have 20 laptops, 100 desktops and more than 400 iPads for use across K-6. In 2013 we spent over $90 000 on ICT. We have ensured access and opportunity, providing each K-3 class with pods of 6 iPads each and Year 4-6 classes with pods of 8 iPads. Each class also has an Interactive Whiteboard. While these ICT resources have been very welcomed in the school, ongoing funding at this level is not sustainable.
What are we considering?
The introduction of a 1:1 parent funded iPad for Year 3 students started in 2015. Over coming years this would mean that when a child enters Year 3, the parents would be asked to fund the appropriate device. In cases where parents are unable to purchase or lease, students will access shared school devices.
Why introduce at Year 3?
Year 3 represents smaller class numbers before moving into middle schooling. Students at this age of learning typically develop a greater ability to work independently and collaboratively; learn from a wider range of sources; explore a wider range of technologies and show deeper reflection on their learning and goal alignment. The children will use the selected device for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Current ICT resources will be integrated into classes across the school. The current ratio in Year 4, 5 & 6 is approximately 1:4 (8 iPads per class).


Frequently Asked Questions 

The most common parent questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions Document.


Purchase Options

The decision of who to purchase from is purely a personal decision. Specials and discounts usually occur late each year as a new model is usually released around October each year.
Our recommend is a unit with a minimum of 32GB and is WIFI. If students bring a unit with cellular options, SIM cards must be removed during school hours. A suitable cover for the iPad must also be provided for each student’s iPad for easy identification and protection. A cover that folds over and protects the screen is highly recommended.               
Please see the parent note                              

Parent Letters 2017


Frequently Asked Questions

iPad update 28th July

Please see this short video on the importance of an iPad program.