Tablet Technology

Engadine High School

Tablet Technology

Incorporating personal technology at school, which students are often already familiar with at home, is a practical and empowering step. It will also support Engadine High School students to remain at the cutting edge of 21st Century learning.

Ongoing changes in technology, devices, and how they are used has meant considerable rethinking as to how technology is best incorporated into the classroom. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy supports the idea that students will likely invest more in technology they own and in devices they can tailor for use both at home and school.

We have conducted a primary trial of IPads (iOS) in our school with many staff incorporating the use of IPads and Android devices into their teaching. Teachers have found that these devices support their teaching programs, better engage students, interact with a wide range of other information sources, enhance communication, and integrate with a range of hardware already in place across the school.

To ensure that students can maximize learning opportunities from personal technology, our survey results show that Ipads (mini or large versions) will be supported at Engadine High School from 2015 for all students (compatible with networking, apps and teaching practice). Samsung Gallaxy will also work but we have found that they are not as effective.

1. Apple iPad or iPad Mini (iOS) – Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular; 16, 32, 64, 128 GB

  • iPad 2 GSM (Model A1396) and CDMA (Model A1397)
  • iPad 3rd Generation (Models A1430, 1403, 1416)
  • iPad 4th Generation (Models A1460, 1459, 1416)
  • iPad Air (Models A1475, 1474)
  • iPad Mini (Models A1455, 1454, 1432)
  • iPad Mini (Retina Display (Models A1490, 1489)

2. Samsung Gallaxy (Android) – 10.1”, 8”, or 7” screen; 16, 32 GB

  • Galaxy Tab (Models Tab 3)
  • Galaxy Tab (Models Tab 2)
  • Galaxy Note

These devices conform to the following required specifications:

  • 5GHz 802.11n standard
  • Dual Band or Gigabit Wireless
  • Battery life that can sustain consistent use across a school day
  • Screen size compatible with finer and continuous work (some parents may prefer, for example, the iPad to iPad Mini).
  • 16Gb or more of storage, camera, microphone
  • Less than 2 kg (it is advisable to also provide a protective cover/bag).
  • Optional – physical keyboard that can be attached (e.g. Bluetooth)

We will review our Tablet Program each year as new technologies are available at affordable prices.