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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will my child spend on their device?

Devices are tools for learning that will be used along with all the other tools available at school and home (e.g. pen, paper, calculators, books, computers etc).  Students’ devices will only be used when they are a great fit for learning and enhance the experience.

Students are typically engaged in a range of activities in all classes and all year levels and participate in kinaesthetic (hands-on) learning in a variety of their classes.

The amount of homework given will vary depending on a range of factors. If you feel your child is spending too much time completing homework then please confirm homework tasks with your teacher.

Do you have advice about online safety?

Up to date and comprehensive advice on online safety for you and your children can be found below.

For students please visit : https://www.esafety.gov.au 

For Parents please visit: https://www.esafety.gov.au/iparent 

Will children in Primary School use their devices before school or during breaks?

iPads will be left in the classroom during breaks. (Students may be involved in special, teacher-supervised activities during breaks that require iPads. In this case, the teacher-in-charge will manage the children while they collect, use and return their iPads.)

How do I enable Parental Controls on an iPad?

Please visit the following page:

https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201304​ ​

Will my child still learn how to hand write in Junior School?

Yes. iPads will not replace handwriting at Stretton. The mode of communication used will depend on the learning opportunity.

Should I be concerned about overuse of technology?

All things, no matter how good, can be used excessively and this may lead to problems: food (obesity), exercise (exhaustion or injury), reading (eye strain) and technology. In all things, therefore, moderation in use is important.  We do not require the students to use their devices all the time; it is important that they engage in a range of activities. We do not substitute the device where it is not needed and we will only use it where best fit. We want our students to become creators with technology, not consumers of technology. We all have a role to play in teaching our students technology etiquette and we know that if not managed correctly technology can become a distraction. It is our job to teach students of the need to recognise this fact and be technology free where appropriate.

​What if I can’t afford to buy a device? 

In providing parents/students with full choice of the appropriate device, the school will have a limited number of laptops available for hire. These will be in the form of second hand laptops which are at least 3 years old. We will be able to provide these for $150 per annum. They will suffice in the short term, and we would expect them to last the year at which point they are out of warranty. 2017 will be the final year we offer this Laptop Hire Scheme. 

Won't students just be playing on their iPads? 

The 21st Century has given the young person tools and services that offer a power to drive one’s own learning. Teachers and parents nowadays need to consider their respective roles and how they are developing young people to achieve a deeper learning by discovering, experimenting, collaborating and reflecting. Ultimately, the solution to this problem is not the creation of a ‘walled garden’ removed from reality. Rather, the development of life-long learners who act responsibly by claiming ownership of their learning. 

Will iPads promote poor posture?

Poor posture and associated strain are generally the product of fixed body position for an extended period of time.  Desktop computers and laptops are just as likely to cause strain because they control posture. iPads are more mobile and light, which means they can be used with a wider variety of postures. In class, teachers will raise awareness of the importance of good posture.

If you have concerns about your child's posture, please consult a doctor.

Will iPads cause eye strain?

Looking at any screen (computer, TV or iPad) for a long period of time without resting your eyes may cause eye strain. This is commonly called Computer Vision Syndrome and relates to computer and laptop monitors.

iPads potentially reduce the prospect of computer vision syndrome in the following ways:

Due to its mobile nature, the chance of staring at a fixed focal length for an extended period of time is reduced.

The brightness of the screen can be easily adjusted to match the lighting conditions.

It is easy to tilt the iPad or change body position to reduce glare.

Teachers are aware of the importance of reducing eye strain using a simple exercises.

If you have concerns about your child's vision, please consult an optometrist and we are happy to work with you.