following section details information for parents and students regarding the
set up and use of iPads at Murrumba State Secondary College. The iPad
BYOD program is for Year 7, 8 and 9 students and is aimed to introduce
students to a diverse range of teaching and learning opportunities to prepare
them for a digital-rich future.
College has been well positioned to provide effective ICT infrastructure and
foundation to support this program. We are an Education Queensland BYOx Pilot
school site operating with full wireless coverage to support our students’
digital access. This significant step for the College has been researched
extensively and developed over the last 4 years to ensure it meets the learning
needs of students and the College community.
minimum requirements for the program are:
- iPad Air & later (iPad Mini not supported)
- Wifi Model, 32Gb or above storage
- Supports iOS 11.3 or later
NOTE: As some Android tablets meet the requirements of the BYOx Connect tool, we do not recommend it, as the Department of Education cannot effectively support them. Chromebooks are an unsupported device.
Parents/Caregivers are also asked to consider purchasing the following accessories:
- We recommend volume restricted headphones
- Installing the apps that have been outlined in the MSSC Suggested Apps List
MSSC Suggested Apps list
The MSSC Suggested Apps list
provides the iPad applications (apps) that are suggested to be installed so they can be utilised in the classroom. The document has links to help articles to assist in using the apps.
Whilst every effort is made to use free apps, in some cases a paid app is the best or only choice. To facilitate purchase of these, it is suggested that parents purchase an iTunes card for the acquisition of apps throughout the year.
In response to the changing requirements of the curriculum and the rapidly shifting technological landscape, Murrumba State Secondary College has been focused on providing the best opportunity for students to engage in digital learning. Furthermore, developing contemporary 21st century skills is a priority of both the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in the curriculum. The priority details skills such as investigating, creating, communicating and operating using ICT’s that are embedded into a range of curriculum areas in order to skill the students for the 21st Century. The Australian Curriculum involves students in learning to:
1. Make the most of digital technologies available to them.
2. Adapt to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve.
3. Limit the risks to themselves and others when using digital technologies.
Effective Digital Learners:
- are self-directed and can work independently, collaboratively and cooperatively to learn and to develop products of use with themselves and others
- display innovation and entrepreneurship
- continually develop communication and collaboration skills
- are able to research effectively and have information fluency
- have developed digital literacy and understand technology operations and concepts
- understand digital citizenship and work on issues and challenges that are real and relevant, that make a difference to them and to others
- demonstrate accountability and adaptability
- have developed skills to design, create, share and publish
- build critical and systems thinking enabling problem identification, formulation and solution, and decision making
- use ICT purposefully to engage in real research
- explore new ideas and tools in authentic contexts
- exhibit and exercise the attributes of Learning for Life.