The use of information technologies is an essential and powerful skill in our world.
St Agnes Catholic High School is committed to on‐going development of students academically, socially and emotionally, and is aware of the importance of seamless integration of information technology within our students’ education.
Our focus is on building capacity and extending the skills, knowledge, attributes and dispositions of our students to actively participate in the world beyond school. As you know, having a 1:1 device available does not of itself improve learning. Students already have knowledge of computer operations at their fingertips. It is important, however, to teach students to use ICT in innovative and creative ways that will enhance their learning and engage them in higher order thinking. This is how the use of ICT can potentially transform their learning.
Both iPads, Chromebooks and laptops give students immediate access to technology and help engage them in the learning process in new and different ways. This program provides an exciting opportunity for our students to become increasingly skilled at using a range of technology to access and present information, to problem solve, and to work collaboratively.
Recommended iPad Models
Our recommended iPad models and cases are:
- 16GB iPad HD (also known as iPad 3) with WiFi, placed in a full coverage case, or
- 16GB iPad 4 with WiFi, placed in a full coverage case
An iPad Mini is not recommended as this model has a reduced display and typing surface, which is not suitable for use at St Agnes Catholic High School. A 'full coverage case' is a case that covers the front and back of the device and includes an inbuilt stand.
Families have several options as to where they can purchase student iPads. St Agnes highly recommends parents include some form of personal insurance for their child's device. A full coverage case for the iPad is essential to protect the device.
There are currently two purchasing options families are welcome to pursue.
Buy directly from Apple
St Agnes' families can now buy iPads and accessories directly from Apple at a discount. Families can make purchases either via the web portal listed below, or by going into an Apple store (the nearest one is in Penrith) and explaining to the Apple staff that the student is from (or will be coming to) St Agnes Catholic High School.
Either of these options will mean that the family will be offered the items at a discount from normal retail prices.
Families who go into the store can also get help from the Apple staff in setting up and getting to know the iPad, setting restrictions on the iPad or setting up an iTunes account.
While other items (like MacBooks) can be bought through these methods (at a discount), it is important to note that iPads are still required for Year 7 to 10 students (as opposed to MacBooks).
There are also financing options available in store or online.
Apple purchase portal for St Agnes Catholic High School and the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.
Source your own iPad packageSt Agnes encourages families to shop for themselves with regard to finding the best price they can for their child’s iPad package. An iPad HD (also known as iPad 3), 16GB wifi an iPad 4, 16 GB wifi.
Once again, we highly recommend a full coverage sturdy case and the consideration of some form of personal insurance for the child's iPad.
Student Applications (Apps)
Educational Apps have been critically evaluated to assess the educational benefits for students. Every App listed has been evaluated by the appropriate subject Teaching and Learning Coordinator and by the students in our Technologies Group.
Students are taught how to connect to our network, what the school expectations are in the correct use of the iPad and how to use specific Apps.
AirWatch, by VMware, is the current enterprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP).
The AirWatch MDM platform, in conjunction with other technology platforms e.g. Zscaler Content Management System (CMS), enables CEDP to provide a safe online learning and working environment for all CEDP students, staff, contractors and volunteers.
All supported Apple IOS, Android and Windows mobile devices (CEDP owned or personal e.g. BYOD devices) are required to be enrolled in AirWatch in order to connect to CEDP's student and staff wireless ICT networks.
Further information regarding the CEDP AirWatch platform, and Frequently Asked Questions can be found in the
Airwatch Mobile Device Management Document