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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?

Students are not to use their device before and after school when on the school grounds, iPads will be left in the classroom during breaks. The exception to this is when students are involved in special, teacher-supervised activities during breaks that require iPads. In this case, the teacher-in-charge will manage the children while they use their devices.

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. In the primary years an iPad is actually a great tool to capture student handwriting for use in learning.

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.

Why are older iPads unsuitable (2010-2013)?

Apple iPads 1 - 4 (2010 to 2012) do not support the latest versions of the iPad operating system (iOS 12) and therefore this prevents them from using Apple’s Classroom management tools, does not allow them to airdrop work to teachers and is not compatible with some of the software used within our curriculum. An iPad Air or newer is compatible with all our requirements. Apple’s new Screen Time feature in iOS 12 is also a great tool for you to manage your child’s iPad and we encourage it’s use if you are concerned about your students “screen time.”

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.

Do I have any control over my child’s iPad and how it’s used.

Yes, Apple’s new Screen Time feature in iOS 12 allows you to limit the time your child is able to spend in each type of application, for example games. iOS 12 also allows you set a passcode for your Childs device that is only able to be changed by you, preventing any lock outs.