Frequently Asked Questions
Why an Apple Device rather than a cheaper model?
Apple devices and software are powerful tools that are designed to unleash creativity, productivity and innovation in education. Apple have also designed curricula to work alongside their products which broaden possibilities in the classroom and provide learning experiences that help prepare students for today’s world and the future.
We want every aspect of our students experience with technology to be simple, safe and intuitive. Instead of allowing multiple systems, we have chosen to use Apple as our only platform at Regents. This will ensure greater productivity and everyone will get fair access to software and apps.
What kind of security will be on the iPad to prevent my child accessing some areas?
The student devices will be connected to the school network which provides a robust firewall protection in terms of online activity. We will also enroll the students' Pads on our mobile device manager system to be able to control some features while they are inside school premises. Those security settings will not affect the
Lost or damaged iPads?
The school policy is the same for any lost items, we recommend you have insurance which will cover you for any lost property. We will explain in one of the parent sessions about the app “Find my ipad” which can be enabled to track your child’s devices.
What apps will my child need?
All Apple products come with a suite of apps as standard that allow for creativity and productivity in the classroom. These apps include Keynote, Pages, Sheets, iMovie and GarageBand which are designed to be as limitless as a child’s imagination. These apps allow students to not only be productive but also give them flexible tools to express themselves and pursue even the most ambition projects.
I can’t afford this type of device will there be any support from school?
If you find that you can´t cover the cost of the device, please contact Alirio Rodriguez to find out possible options to finance the purchase of the device or temporarily borrow one from the school.
What support is available for teachers?
Over this academic year and for the future years our teachers are being trained in Apple technology, many have already received the apple teacher award, and attended sessions with Apple educators in Thailand. We have an intensive programme in place for most teacher who will be teaching year 7 and we are already working with the Year 6 team who are developing these skills with your children now.
How does it work with the digital device policy?
The digital device policy supports devices for learning, we encourage the use of devices as a tool to enhance the curriculum and support academics. They should not be used at social times for gaming, social media etc.
Can children use them at break and lunch times?
They can if they are supervised by a member of staff and it is being used for learning, as per the policy now.
What support will be available for parents?
There will be a number of workshops in the new year for parents advising them on the questions above.
If you would like specific guidance on technical support contact: Alirio Rodriguez.
Contact Nicole Sargeant for support with apps and support around learning.
Contact Amos Turner-Wardell for any general questions related to the scheme.