Apple Announcements and their effects on the 1-1 Bundle on the Winthrop portal: The bundle has changes from time to time to reflect the needs of the cluster schools and the latest releases and prices from Apple. The MacBook Air 13″, 128gb is the recommended laptop for students in 2018 however this year we are including the iPad in our program.
Which is the better device for learning?
The MacBook Air is the preferred device according to our survey of students, teachers and technical support staff for the government school environment. This is supported through the evidence we have gained over the last two years of extensive use of iPads in K-3 and MacBooks in 4-6. This is what we have found:
- MacBooks are more powerful and versatile and can be used for a wider range of purposes than an iPad, for example iMovie on the mac is far more functional than iMovie on an iPad.
- Saving and submitting work from an iPad is more complex that the MacBook as storage is limited on the iPad and using online content management/sharing solutions are more difficult with an iPad/
- The Macbook connects and operates efficiently on our network. The iPad is hard to manage on our network. This is being worked on however it will take time to improve.
- Our experience with the NAPLAN online trials in 2016 and 2017 demonstrated how superior for the students the MacBook was when using online tests.
- The cost and management of apps is problematic on the iPads as is the constant updating and extensive use of bandwidth.
- Supervision and parental controls on the iPad are not native to the device, whereas the MacBook has really good parental controls to keep the students safe online.
While we are sure many of these issues will be resolved as the iPads evolve, at the moment we strongly recommend the MacBook Air.
Why have a one-to-one laptop program?
Today’s students will need many skills to be successful future citizens. While literacy and numeracy will always be our top priorities at Landsdale Primary School, it is also critical that students are able to create, collaborate and connect using technology. By teaching students to use technology effectively, the teachers at Landsdale aim to provide a rich and engaging curriculum that will prepare the students for the future.
What classes are covered by the program?
All classes from Years Four to Six will be part of the one-to-one laptop progam. K-3 classes all have access to iPads within their class. If there is a Year 3/4 class the Year 3 parents have the option to join the program however it is not expected.
Why not use Windows computers?
The Apple MacBook machines include simple yet powerful software that is perfectly suited to an educational setting. Also, the software and hardware are produced by the same company, making the machines far simpler to manage for staff and students. The security features for parents on the MacBook give parents the option of control of their child’s usage.
What if I don’t want to buy a computer?
The school has a limited number of iPads/MacBooks that will be made available for these students to use when required in class. However, these devices might not be the latest model and cannot be taken home.
What are the advantages of buying a MacBook?
Students have found that the ability to bring their computers (and their work) home enables them to extend their learning past the end of the school day. When students become excited about a project, they can continue to work on the task in their own time and share their learning with other members of their family.
What model should I buy?
We recommend that parents purchase the 13″ MacBook Air. This is the cheapest model and also the lightest. However, parents are free to choose different models of MacBook (such as the MacBook Pro) if they wish. If you choose to purchase an iPad we recommend the latest iPad with Wi-Fi or iPad Pro with Wi-Fi. The devices will be used for NAPLAN online and the minimum requirement for an iPad is the iPad Air2 to be able to access the testing portal.
How do I order?
Winthrop Australia is the recommended supplier of MacBooks and iPads for the school. You can place your order using their Online Portal. It usually takes 10 – 14 days to be delivered to the school. If your order falls due to be delivered in the holidays it will be delivered to your address.
Do I have to purchase from Winthrop Australia?
No. You are free to purchase your Device from any supplier you wish. However, Winthrop Australia is supplying the machines at a considerable discount to the Landsdale Community. While other suppliers may appear cheaper, it is important that the offer is the same model and specifications. In addition, Winthrop offers the 3 year Applecare warranty at a reduced price. Winthrop also provide onsite technical services to machines purchased through them.
What is AppleCare and do I need it?
If you purchase your machines from Winthrop Australia, you can purchase a three-year AppleCare extended warranty at a reduced price. This means that if the laptop suffers a warranty covered hardware failure at any time in the next three years, it will be repaired free of charge on site. This avoids a situation where your child is without a laptop or you are liable for an expensive repair job.
Do I need insurance?
Insurance is essential. While AppleCare extended warranty will cover any faults with the machine, it does not cover theft or accidental damage. We recommend that you check your home insurance policy to see whether it covers accidental damage or theft of laptops. If it does not, you can purchase extra insurance for your laptop when you place your order with Winthrop Australia. You are of course free to choose your preferred insurance company.
Do I need any accessories?
We strongly recommend that every family purchase an external hard drive to back up their child’s work. While machines can be replaced and repaired, student work cannot. Other accessories, such as cases, and bags are widely available.
Who decided that Landsdale should have a laptop program?
All decisions regarding the one-to-one laptop program are made by the school and cluster ICT committees, the cluster principals and a steering committee which includes parent representatives. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Leanne White, Deputy Principal on 9302 4100.
Will the students use the computer all day long?
No. It is important that students learn using traditional methods as well as modern tools. It is also essential that students are active and take part in the arts and physical education. As a result, students will use the computers for about half of their learning time.
What about cybersafety?
All students will receive extensive training about cybersafety and being a good digital citizen. The MacBooks also include useful software that enables parents to enforce time limits, set bedtimes and monitor their child’s Internet use.
I have more queries!
If you have any other questions about the one-to-one program, please contact Leanne White, Deputy Principal, on 9302 4100 or by email email@example.com.