iPad Parent Information Handbook and User Guide

iPad Parent Information Handbook and User Guide
Parent Information Handbook and User Guide
The aim of Mueller College is to prepare its
students for life in a world and eternity by applying
Biblical principles through excellent education in a
distinctly Christian environment.
Strategic Direction!
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Why iPads?!
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Technology and Learning Outcomes!
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Preparation Phase!
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How Will The Program Work?!
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Personal Ownership — Benefits!
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College Leasing Agreements!
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What is Needed?!
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Effective learning is a culmination of continuous
interaction between students, teachers, parents
and the community. Technology transforms the
role of the teacher from a director of learning to
a facilitator of learning, and effective teaching
and learning with iPads integrates technology
into the curriculum ‘anytime, anyplace’.!
The policies, procedures and information within
this document apply to all iPads used at
Mueller College.
Apps and Textbooks for 2014!
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Transport and Storage at School!
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Theft and Damage!
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Privacy and Copyright!
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Common Q&As!
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Guide to Troubleshooting iPad Issues!
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Mueller College Rules and
Procedures for iPad Use — Overview!
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Consequences for Inappropriate Use!
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Student User Agreement!
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Help and Assistance!
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Mueller College
“The integration of technology and
pedagogy to maximise learning must meet
four criteria. It must be irresistibly
engaging; elegantly efficient; (challenging
but easy to use) technologically
ubiquitous; and steeped in real-life
problem solving “!
— Michael Fullan
Mueller College
Why the iPad?
The iPad enables anywhere, anytime learning
for students, as evidenced in case studies
across Australian State Governments (QLD EQ,
2012; NSW DET, 2012 ; Victoria DEECD, 2011).
A culmination of high performance, robust build
quality, long 10-hour battery life, a bright, crisp
HD display, and apps specifically designed for
the iPad (rather than stretched smartphone
apps) has been shown across schools around
the world to effectively increase independent
and self-initiated learning among students,
student motivation and active engagement, and
learning outcomes (IBM, 2012; Pearson
Foundation, 2012; Keane, Lang, & Pilgrim,
with features not found on other tablet or laptop
options. Power ful apps like iTunes U and
iBooks let students engage with content in
interactive ways, find information in an instant,
and access an entire library wherever they go.
Students can flip through a book by sliding
their finger along thumbnail images of the
pages. If they don’t know the definition of a
word, one tap takes them to a glossary or
dictionary. No longer limited to a single picture
to illustrate the text, now students can flick
through a photo gallery or dive into an image
with interactive captions. They can use a finger
to rotate a 3D object and view a human brain
from every angle, or have the answer spring to
life in an interactive chapter review.
“The most effective
integration of technology in
classrooms is when
student-to-device ratios
reach 1:1 and technology is
ubiquitous” (IBM)
Over 300,000 apps
The iPad now has over 300,000 apps tailormade for it, and over 40,000 of those are
educational apps. These apps range from
hands-on anatomy and dissections, movie and
song editing, drawing and note-taking,
i n t e r a c t i v e t e x t b o o k s , s p re a d s h e e t s , m a t h
visualisation, programming, to educational
games and so much more.
With a bright, backlit LED IPS display, accurate
touch panel and stunning high resolution, the
iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning
Another advantage the iPad has over traditional
laptops and ultrabooks, besides all-day battery
life, is the incredibly light weight (300-650g,
compared to 1-3KG for some laptops/tablets).
Apple also offers best-in-class warranty and
support, with local stores at North Lakes and
Mueller College
Why the iPad? (cont.)
The iPad has won every international customer
satisfaction award since its release (JD Power,
2013), and is the most popular tablet on the
market by far. More importantly, it’s the most
active in web usage (over 80% of tablet web
activity), demonstrating its usability over
competitors. A Pearson Foundation survey
(2012) found that students believe tablets are
just as valuable for educational purposes as
they are for personal entertainment.
from Apple. Users can confidently download
any app from the app store, knowing they are
Who else is using the iPad?
Over 95% of Fortune 500 companies
(and over 95% of Fortune 100
companies) have deployed the iPad
Over 8 million iPads have been sold to
Educational Institutions
iTunes U has passed over 1 billion
downloads, with over 500,000 pieces
of audio and video material (largest
catalog of free educational content in
the world)
The Education Departments of NSW,
QLD, VIC, WA, NT, and SA have all
done extensive studies of the iPad, and
found universally increased student
engagement, motivation, learning
outcomes, and self-initiated and
independent learning, compared to any
other platforms tested. IBM and
Pearson found identical results
regarding iPads in the classroom.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly is how
secure the iPad is from viruses and malware.
Android now has 99.9% of mobile threats
(Blackberry and others making up the other
0.1%) from 2012 (Kaspersky Lab, 2013)
i n c l u d i n g t ro j a n h o r s e m a l w a re . W i n d o w s
laptops are prone not just to malicious spyware,
viruses and trojans but corrupting files and all
kinds of frustrating errors. iOS on the other
hand, has an App Store curated by Apple, and
no ability to side-load apps or for malware to
‘sneak in’, making it the most secure platform
on the market (Trend Micro, 2012). And unlike
Android tablets, iPads are always able to
receive the latest updates in software directly
At Mueller College, we aim to prepare
students for life and eternity. The 21st
century in which our students will live
and work is a digital age. This digital
age involves rapid and continual
changes in the way people share, use,
develop and communicate with ICT and
young people need to be skilled in its
use (MCEEDYA, 2008).!
digital technologies have a positive impact
upon student learning (Becta, 2009).
However, the perception that putting an ICT
device in the hands of every student will make
them smarter or even more knowledgeable is
incorrect (Fullan, 2011). Improved pedagogy
and instruction is the driver of improved
student outcomes, however technology is an
accelerator of this process. When technologies
are embedded into teacher pedagogical
practice they can improve student engagement
and motivation, improve confidence levels, and
promote improved opportunities for students to
control the construction of knowledge and to
learn through collaboration (Becta, 2009).
Young people need the knowledge, skills and
confidence to make ICT work for them at
school, at home and in their communities. The
Australian Curriculum acknowledges these
priorities through the identification of ICT
The introduction of technology will not
challenge the literacy and numeracy
imperatives, teaching of writing skills and
critical thinking that is already evident in the
competencies, as well as creative and critical
thinking as general capabilities to be
developed across all key learning areas. The
implementation of a 1:1 ICT program would
allow for these objectives to be met through
quality teaching and learning practices. There
is a strong body of evidence to suggest that
Mueller curriculum. One model of teaching
which integrates the iPad into existing and
renewed teaching practices is the SAMR model
developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. The SAMR
model describes a continuum of integration of
technology from substation through to
Mueller College
Teaching and Learning
Mueller College
Preparation Phase
The College spent 12 months researching the best solutions based on action
research, invested in Wi-Fi infrastructure and network upgrades, and provided its
teaching staff with 6 months lead-in time as well as regular internal and external
professional development and training.!
Mueller College made the research-based decision that the preferred device is the Apple iPad. The
implementation plan included:
Comprehensive upgrade of College Wi-Fi and network infrastructure
iPad trials in a variety of year levels and subject areas
Introduction of a new Technology specialist subject in Years 5 & 6
Parent Information sessions on the iPad implementation
Evaluation of Wi-Fi and iPad trials
Integration of iPads into the Teaching and Learning Framework leading into and throughout
Formation of the Tech Committee comprised of teaching staff to research class-leading
practices and classroom implementation of iPads and support other teachers
Future development of a Student Tech Committee to investigate action research via tech
projects and initiatives
Staff and Student User Agreements, Parent Handbook (made available on College website)
Purchase and modification of digital citizenship curriculum to be implemented from 5-12
Purchase of new lockers to increase existing numbers, so that all students have access to
safe and secure storage of devices.
Mueller College
How Will The Program Work?
In Semester 1 of 2014, families of Years 7-12 students are encouraged to purchase iPads for the
voluntary trial period. In Semester 2 of 2014, families of Years 5-11 students are expected to
purchase their own iPads (and necessary case).
There is a Student Acceptable Use Agreement (Appendix A) that all students (and parents) must
sign for students to receive access to the Internet at school. Students will go through the agreement
with their Pastoral Care teachers in the second week of school, and once the agreements are signed
and returned, be supplied with their unique Wi-Fi password.
The iPads are expected to be used across a range of disciplines and learning activities, ranging
from biomechanics analysis of Physical Education activities, to multimodal Science experiments
recording their methodology and results and dictating over the video, taking notes, online
researching, and so on. Students will also utilise their iPads for various homework activities and
assessment. All students will still be expected to bring the equipment and books required by their
Daily Expectations
iPads will be brought to school fully charged, and taken home each day. During the day, they are to
be stored in the lockers (provided) when outside class (e.g. lunch break, sport). The iPad must
remain in its case at all times, and students are responsible for their own iPad (see Theft and
Damage; Student Acceptable Use Agreement).
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Personal Ownership — Benefits
Each student is unique, with different learning
styles and needs. After much research into
other schools who have implemented 1:1
devices, the findings were conclusive that
students who owned their own devices took
greater responsibility and care of their devices.
Greater responsibility for their own learning,
from choosing how to organise their apps and
set up their information in a personal way, to
the daily transport and storage of the devices
was frequently observed. The benefit of a
parent-owned device allows for full parental
control of the device, such as setting
boundaries at home, when to use, Internet and
media usage, etc.
Where there exists a personal financial outlay
by the student or family, greater care and
consideration also exists.
Leasing College iPads
There are a limited number of iPads available
for lease through the College. The details of the
lease program will be provided to all parents in
t h e c o m i n g w e e k s ( i . e . e l i g i b i l i t y, c o s t ,
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What is Needed?
The iPads required by the College must run iOS
7 (excludes the iPad 1 st Generation), and
preferably be Wi-Fi only models (Cellular iPads
must have their simcards removed before being
used at school).
Students can opt for either the iPad Retina or
the iPad Mini Retina, depending on personal
preference (the College recommends parents
and students physically handle both sizes instore to make an informed decision), and in any
size (16GB - 128GB, depending on student
needs — a 32GB minimum is suggested to
easily fit student videos, apps, textbooks, and
content without needing to manage the device
storage, as well as for longevity).
A sturdy protective case (see Student
Acceptable Use Agreement for suggestions) is
required for all student iPads (refer to Theft and
At home, students will need access to the
Internet via a wireless connection.
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Whilst 2015 will see a greater transition to digital, interactive, and multimedia textbooks as well as
subject-specific app lists (with possible app “rentals” akin to the textbook hire scheme), this year
students will have access to fewer digital textbook versions of their physical counterparts. The
eventual goal is that the iPad will replace the need for students to carry heavy textbooks, 2014 will
be a transition year (many publishers are still working to create optimal digital textbooks). The iPad
should not be viewed as a complete replacement for textbooks, paper and pen, but as another
learning tool.
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Apps and Textbooks for 2014
Subjects using textbooks will require students to have those textbooks and bring them to all classes.
The transporting of large and heavy textbooks around the campus will be greatly reduced through
the daily use of student lockers.
Required Apps
Students must have the following apps installed on their iPads:
Pages* (http://www.apple.com/ios/pages/)
Numbers* (http://www.apple.com/ios/numbers/)
Keynote* (http://www.apple.com/ios/keynote/)
iMovie* (http://www.apple.com/ios/imovie/)
iBooks (http://www.apple.com/ibooks/)
*These apps are free if your iPad was purchased after the 30th of September, 2013.
In 2014, there will not be prescribed app lists for every subject, but teachers may recommend
suggested or helpful apps pertinent to the course. Purchase/downloads of these apps are at the
discretion of the parent.
In 2014, students can access digital versions of some of their textbooks (e.g. Pearson). These can
be accessed with a code supplied alongside the textbooks at Textbook hire.
A limited number of textbook publishers (Pearson, Nelson, etc.) also offer fully-interactive, rich
multimedia iBooks on the Apple iBooks Store which parents can choose to buy if they wish at their
own discretion.
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February 2014 will see the roll out of a large number of new lockers in the secondary school, to
provide every student with a personal safe storage space. Year level areas will be designated
throughout the secondary campus, and every student will be expected to take ownership of a locker
and access it on a daily basis. In the Primary School, classrooms will have lockable cabinets to
safely store the iPads.
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Transport and Storage at School
As with all belongings, students will be expected and responsible for the care and security of their
iPads. Lockers will be a safe storage space for bags and iPads throughout the day when not being
used. All students will be required to purchase a case which meets adequate standards of durability,
protection, and functionality (see What is Needed?). The College does not have insurance cover on
personal items that are brought to school.
Students will be transporting their devices in their bags to and from school each day. Therefore we
emphasis that considerations be made as to the level of insurance cover, that it meets family
expectations. We encourage parents to set guidelines with their students as to how best look after
their devices in the transport to and from school.
Theft and Damage
As with any valuable item, whether textbook, calculator or personal device, there is a chance of
damage or theft occurring. Students will be educated right from day one about safe transport,
storage and use of personal devices. It is essential that adequate covers are purchased for the iPad,
one chosen with safety and protection in mind, not fashion andy how it looks.
School lockers will be provided to store iPads when not being used, before school and during lunch
breaks and sport. All students are encouraged to use one, and maintain it throughout the year. Any
theft that results in damage to a device will be met (costs of repairs or replacement) by the
student(s) responsible.
If a device is stolen, the iPad can be located via “Find my iPad” (see Appendix B), and Apple now
offers an excellent theft deterrent feature free in iOS 7 called “Activation Lock” that prevents the
access, use, and erasure of a device without the iCloud password, rendering it useless to the thief
(see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5818).
Damage that occurs to a student’s iPad will be determined as to whether it has been wilful or
accidental. Wilful damage will be covered (costs of repair or replacement) by the student involved.
Accidental damage will be looked at case by case, and appropriate action taken The Head of
College will be the final arbitrator on cases involving damage or theft.
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Protecting self and others
A popular student pursuit is publishing information about themselves or friends in social places like
Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and the like, but doing this can make them more vulnerable
to being approached, groomed or bullied online. Students should assume that anyone or everyone
anywhere will be able to see what has been posted.
As part of the decision to post something, students should consider how they would feel if:
It is seen by teachers or the Head of College?
It is seen by my parents or guardians or other relative?
It is seen by my friends or other Mueller College students?
It is seen by a stranger who may want to find me in real life?
It is seen by the person it has been posted about?
Would what is being posted be said face to face?
Students need to be reminded that this checklist applies whether settings are public or private. They
also need to be reminded that once something has been sent, control of that has been lost, it cannot
be retried, there will always be a record of it, and it may be passed on or re-shared with a wider,
unwanted audience.
Protecting how you use the College Internet
Once the Student Acceptable Use Agreement has been signed and returned, students will gain
access to the College Internet. Use of this Internet access requires responsible behaviours and use
by students. Being online can sometimes give students a false sense of anonymity— that they are
able to say or write what they like or that their words would never be said to someone’s face, and
that what they search for and view is private and no record is kept. All use is monitored and
inappropriate language, searches or sites visited can be traced to the user.
Parents/guardians must certify that all content stored on the device is compliant with copyright law
and regulations. All content including but not limited to files, photos, videos and music must remain
appropriate, as deemed by the College, at all times. The College retains the right to review the
c o n t e n t o f a n y d e v i c e re g i s t e re d u n t h e S t u d e n t A c c e p t a b l e U s e A g re e m e n t ) . h t t p : / /
www.smartcopying.edu.au/information-sheets/schools is a helpful resource in regards to
Australian Copyright for school students
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Privacy and Copyright
When can students bring their iPads to school?
The beginning of Week 2, Term 1. Internet access will be provided once the Student Acceptable Use
Agreement is thoroughly read and signed.
Which year levels will be required to use the iPads?
Years 5-11 will be required to use the iPads by Semester 2, 2014. Year 12s can choose if they wish
to purchase one or not.
How much will it cost to lease an iPad and am I guaranteed one?
The lease program details will be released in the coming weeks, and there is a limited number of
iPads available.
Will iPads replace books?
HoDs and Year-Level Coordinators will determine in consultation with the Heads of Sub-Schools and
Head of Curriculum whether a particular subject has a suitable digital book. Publishers are creating
digital material and Mueller College is in the process of reviewing these as they are released to
ascertain their suitability. This year, the textbook/iBook is under study by all of the departments.
What if our family doesn’t have a Mac at home?
The iPads run independently of Windows PCs or Macs, but can also sync to either a Windows PC or
a Mac easily.
The iPad doesn’t have a keyboard or Microsoft Word— how can my child be skilled for jobs
outside of school?
Students are digital natives, many growing up experiencing touch-based technologies first, and
keyboard+mice combinations second. The iPad does support a plethora of bluetooth keyboards and
keyboard docks and cases in many forms. Whilst Microsoft are yet to release Office for iPad, Apple
offers excellent (free) apps for document design, spreadsheets, presentations, and other
productivity and creative apps. These support exporting to Office file formats.
My child tells me they have to complete all of their homework using the Internet on their iPad.
Is there a limit to iPad use at home?
As the parent, you have the final say in how the student uses the iPad at home. Teachers will set a
variety of learning activities (some of which may involve the iPad). Should you have any concerns,
please contact the teacher directly.
Will reading books off my iPad hurt my eyes?
The most recent, peer-reviewed studies suggest that there is little difference in read on a highresolution device (e.g. iPad) and a traditional book. Moderation is essential with any persistent
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Should I know my child’s password?
Yes. It’s important that you have executive control of the device, even if it is a gift or your child used
their own money to pay for it.
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Common Q&As
Is it expensive to charge the iPad every single night?
The average cost of charging an iPad is $1.36/year (approximately 12kWh every year). This is
cheaper than a compact fluorescent lightbulb at approximately $1.61/year, and a desktop PC which
is approximately $28.21/year.
My child already has a portable device— why do they need an iPad?
Refer to Why iPads? on page 4. Essentially, having the one device provides uniformity of platform,
provision of core apps, in-school support, familiarity for teaching staff, and security, as well as
warranty support.
What if we don’t have Wi-Fi at home?
Homework can still be completed, but for some tasks, students may need to think ahead of time and
plan their schedules depending on the activity.
Do you expect an increase in cyberbullying?
No. The iPads provide us the opportunity to guide your child to become a responsible digital citizen
through the L and P-Plate programs.
What technical support will be offered at school?
The IT Helpdesk will be available during morning tea and lunch breaks to help with student network
or iPad issues. Anything related to hardware should be addressed at the Apple Store at Chermside
Westfield (http://apple.com/au/chermside/), or via AppleCare (1300 321 456).
What if my child forgets to bring their iPad to school, or the battery runs flat?
The Student Acceptable Use Agreement states that it is the student’s responsibility to remember
their iPad, and also have it fully charged when they bring it to school. Most 1:1 schools have found
this is not a significant problem, however teachers will have an alternate activity using pen and
paper. There will not be any charging stations available for students. The iPad battery is designed to
provide over 10 hours of continual use.
Can my child have their own background wallpaper?
Yes, as long as it is appropriate (see Student Acceptable Use Agreement).
Can my child print from their iPad at school?
No. They must email their school email account, or save the file to their H:\, and print from the
designated Mac labs during the class they are in, or during their lunch break, as per College policy.
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Another student bumped my child, and the iPad screen was damaged. Who pays the repair/
replacement cost?
The College treats each incident case-by-case. A student who wilfully damages another student’s
iPad is liable for the full repair/replacement costs. Accidental damage is at the discretion of the
Head of College.
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Common Q&As (cont.)
Basic Troubleshooting: http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/assistant/ipad
Service and Warranty Information: http://www.apple.com/support/service
To organise repairs, quotes, and replacements for broken screens or other damage, either call AppleCare
(1300 321 456), or book a Genius Bar appointment via the Apple Store app, or online at http://
To create an Apple ID, or enable parental controls, see Appendix B.
Mueller College Rules and Procedures for iPad Use
iPads are not to be used for “free time”. Students are not to use iPads without direction and direct,
constant teacher supervision
iPads remain closed until the teacher instructs use
Students are not to use headphones or listen to music during class unless to achieve a learning
activity (e.g. FTV/ITS). Music is not to be used for individual study. No movies are to be watched
unless they are a curriculum resource and students have been instructed by the teacher.
Students must only use the College Wi-Fi
iPad screens must be easily visible to the teacher
Consequences for Inappropriate Use
Teachers are the final authority in the classroom
Teachers have the right to confiscate iPads for set periods of their lesson time
Teachers have the right to remove student iPad privileges for future lessons
Teachers have the right to check any student iPad
Student Acceptable Use Agreement
The use of technology at Mueller College is a privilege, not a right. This Student Acceptable Use Agreement
is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of
technology resources. If a student violates any of the Student Acceptable Use Agreement outlined in this
policy, privileges may be revoked, and the appropriate disciplinary action taken in line with the College
Behaviour Management Policy.
The procedure and information within this policy document apples to all iPads used at Mueller College,
including any device considered by Administration to come under this policy. Teachers may set additional
requirements for use in their classrooms or within their subject area.
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Apple iPad Guide:http://www.apple.com/support/ipad
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Guide to Troubleshooting iPad Issues
Downloading, deleting or reinstalling apps
Restarting of the device
Changing or resetting passwords
Setting up and managing Webmail
Setting up and managing File Browser
Isolating sources of concern
Charging devices, should the battery be low
Where a student’s needs cannot be met, further student support is available through accessing the
IT Helpdesk. During Term One, support during school hours will be available to students during
lunch and recess breaks. We will reassess the ongoing hours of support services after the rollout
After school hours: see Guide to Troubleshooting iPad Issues on page 16.
Mueller College has partnered with Northside Christian
College in assisting parents who may feel limited in
technological experience or knowledge and illprepared to take on the challenges that accompany
the introduction of electronic media, by having access
to a website called e-Quipped. e-Quipped is a
resource primarily designed to foster the partnership
between school and parents. You can access this
resource at http://e-quipped.com.au. The permanent
drop down pages in the e-Quipped menu provide
background information to the Internet, cybersafety,
parenting and more.Have you ever wondered what to
do about cyberbullying or need an interpretation of the
acronym, MMORPG? Perhaps a sample Home Internet
Usage Contact would help negotiate media allowances
in your home. You’ll find one for your use under the
heading, Cyber Parenting.
Mueller College will be looking at a host of options throughout 2014 and beyond to keep parents
and families informed and in-touch with digital technology use in school. Initiatives such as parent
information evenings, afternoon workshops, etc. will be conducted throughout the year.
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While developing skills in the classroom, students will become familiar with a variety of
troubleshooting skills. By engaging in curriculum that focuses on the safe and responsible use of
their device, we foresee that students will develop a sound understanding of how their device
works, and become somewhat self-sufficient in its maintenance and care. Through practice,
students should become equipped in the following skill sets:
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