Technology within the school
Tapping Primary School has developed a comprehensive and integrated approach to incorporate technologies within the curriculum. As part of their plan, six years ago the school decided to use iPads as the primary device for their students, and they haven’t looked back.
Solutions IT has been instrumental in the success of their program. As their IT integrator, they visit the school weekly, introduce new tools and systems, and regularly meet with leadership to consult on the future and role of the technology in the school.
After the research was done, this was as simple question for the school to answer. “The most compelling aspect of iPad was the vast array of educational apps” says Sue Zemke, Digital Technologies Coordinator.
“We saw early on that students had the ability to be really creative, and the choices were endless. They weren’t playing games; they were creating – and that was very important to us. We could instantly see the potential with iPad”
The App Store has over 180,000 iPad apps from education software developers. Using the apps and advanced built‑in technologies that iPad has, students have the power to create anything they dream up; they can take an idea and instinctively run with it.
“For example, the class may have a project on birds. They can research on the device. One group may decide to showcase their work using Book Creator, another using Keynote or Powerpoint. The discovery process may be similar, but how the students express what they have learnt is vast.”
How are they managed?
The school has over 300 ipads and 750 students, so the iPads must be shared from class to class. “Last year Solutions IT introduced us to Jamf School. This enables us to keep track of managed devices, users and apps. We can see the status of devices quickly and easily, and identify issues for remediation.” Says Sue.
Using Jamf School with the shared iPad technology from Apple has enabled multiple students to use the same iPad while ensuring a personal learning experience and keeping each student’s data separate and secure.
Prior to Jamf School, Sue spent much of her time in the comms room ensuring that the technology was deployed well and ready for each new class. “It wasn’t always the best use of my time”.
“Now I spend a fraction of my time in the comms room, it’s fantastic! It means I have way more time to teach”
App management has never been easier, “We can easily allocate apps to specific year levels. It just makes accessibility easy”.
Intuitive technology for engaged learning
“iPad gives our students much more fun in gathering the information they need, and a much greater variety of ways to express themselves. They instinctively know what to do”, says Sue.
With iPad students have a choice on how they will respond to a piece of work, they can be creative and collaborative. With this comes a huge sense of ownership and engagement.
“The students’ creativity is unleashed. We see it every day”
In recent times, Solutions IT has arranged professional learning for our staff and through them we have also been invited to several Apple creativity workshops. Using iPad with the PL available paired with infrastructure and support provided by Solutions IT, we know that this is the right technology for our school, and our students.