Spring Mountain State School is a BYO iPad school for students in Years 1-6.
Our vision at Spring Mountain State School is to develop critical and creative learners that have access to all the tools necessary for the 21st Century, whilst also valuing and engaging our learners into deep thinking, problem solving and solution focus real world activities that explore the array of possibilities not just what has been done before.
The focus of the BYOD program at Spring Mountain State School is to provide the tools and resources to the 21st-Century Learner. A successful BYOD program requires technology to be seamlessly integrated throughout the school's curriculum. Increased access to technology is essential for teaching students skills for a future in which, as societal trends suggest, digital literacy is key. The individual use of personal devices is a way to empower students to work to their full potential and develop essential learning habits with the support of digital tools.
Learning results from continuous dynamic interaction among students, teachers, parents and the extended community. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. On the contrary, it transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning. Effective teaching and learning with technology integrates technology into the curriculum any time, any place.
Research that supports our vision
Minimum device specifications
- Recommended iPads:
- iPad 6th Gen 32GB+
- iPad 5th Gen 32GB+
- Supported iPads:
- iPad Air 1 & 2 16GB
- iPad Pro 32GB+
- Unsupported iPads:
- iPad 1, 2, 3, 4 (2010-2012+)
- iPad minis (2012+)
Note - These can’t be updated to iOS11.
*The life span of an iPad is approximately 3-4 years.
Over the ear headphones
Waterproof carry case.
iPads and accessories can be purchased from a variety of resellers and we do not recommend one over another.
JB Hi-Fi Education
A BYO Portal has been set up through JB Hi-Fi Education. This portal allows parents of Spring Mountain SS to purchase discounted Apple products through a website specially designed for Spring Mountain SS. The JB Hi-Fi portal offers very competitive pricing on iPads, extended warranties, accidental damage insurance and flexible payment options. A link to the portal is available on the school’s website.
JB Hi-Fi parent portal.
- School name: Spring Mountain State School
- Parent login code: SMSS2019
A BYO Portal is being set up through Apple Australia. More information to come.
All devices are monitored by teachers at school and rules are in place to prevent foreseeable problems and damage; however, from time to time, accidents may occur. Parents are encouraged to provide personal insurance for their devices. Check with your preferred insurance company about personal insurance at home and to and from school for your iPad. You may want to investigate an extended Apple Care+. Please note that the school does not provide insurance coverage for the student owned devices.
As part of Education Queensland Pilot BYOx2, the school will be responsible for the purchasing of all Apps. For students to have access to these apps and the Wi-Fi /email profiles, parents need to download the Intune app and enrol their device. Details and help notes on how to do will be emailed to parents on enrolment. These Apps remain the property of the school and the paid Apps will be removed when a student exits the school.
You may load other apps on the iPad for use at home to be kept in a folder labelled “Home” as long as there is a minimum of 16GB available for school use. These apps need to be age appropriate (no social media) and home apps will need to be removed if they are a distraction at school.
Students that BYO iPad will get a $40 discount off their resource scheme in 2019.
Students without BYO iPad
Students unable to provide a BYO iPad will have shared access to a school purchased iPad. These iPads will remain at school.