As most students around the region pack their bags for the start of the school year, the school bags of Cathedral’s Year 4 and Year 7 students will be much lighter as their iPads are packed instead of as many school books.
The iPad program at Cathedral has been introduced to help students prepare for future careers, helps students learn, and most importantly supports a more personalised learning experience. Students will use the iPad as their core technology to support learning at school and at home.
Junior School eLearning Coordinator Mr Ben Dallimore said “Schools are preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist; hence there is a need to focus on 21st century skills, including creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.”
“iPads will support teachers in their delivery of the wonderful education we have provided over many years, allowing them to weave digital literacies across all curriculum areas.”
“Students will learn that the iPad is not a passive device, rather a powerful tool that accompanied with great apps, and meaningful teaching will transform the way they learn, even the way they think about learning” added Mr Dallimore.
After 12 months of research undertaken by the School’s IT Department and eLearning teaching staff, iPads were chosen as the ideal device to deliver an innovative and varied curriculum. The introduction of the iPads has also been supported by many parent consultations, information sessions and workshops and parental response to the notion of the 1 to 1 iPad program has been nothing but positive and supportive.
“iPads were chosen to be the most ground breaking, usable, reliable, cost effective and well supported device for education.” said Mr Dallimore.
The Cathedral School is responding to societal demands and is increasing its focus on digital literacies through the implementation of a 1 to 1 iPad program beginning in Year 4 and Year 7 so that in three years, all students from Year 4 through 9 will all be using iPads.