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Students with ipads

Moving towards iPads for all students.

We are currently in the process of transitioning to a full one to one model in our school. This will mean that all our students will use an iPad to enhance their learning experience.
● Our broadband is a high speed connection and is managed by the Department of Education. It is filtered at source so it is very safe.
● iPads are connected to the assigned Wifi network in school.
● iPads are purchased online through Wriggle, our Education partner.
● They are managed by school and Wriggle. Strict controls on content, downloads, apps, etc
● Apple id for each student for use with iPad.
● Every student is assigned a managed School email account for using Google workspace.
● Access to Ebooks.
● Full training and resources for students and parents with Wriggle.
● Dedicated IT coordinator and Digital team to support students, parents and staff.

Why we use iPads as our one to one device:

Enhanced Learning Experience

iPads provide access to a vast array of educational apps, eBooks, videos, and interactive content that can make learning more engaging and interactive for students. They can access educational materials, research resources, and multimedia content to enhance their understanding of various subjects.

Personalised Learning

With iPads, teachers can tailor instruction to meet individual student needs more effectively. There are many apps and tools available that allow for personalised learning experiences, such as adaptive learning platforms and educational games that adapt to students' skill levels.

Digital Textbooks and Resources

iPads can replace traditional textbooks with digital versions, saving money and reducing the physical weight of backpacks. Digital textbooks often include interactive features, multimedia content, and the ability to search for specific information, which can enhance comprehension and retention.

Collaboration and Communication

iPads enable students to collaborate on projects, share ideas, and communicate with classmates and teachers more easily. They can work together on documents, presentations, and other assignments using our Google platform.

Organisation and Productivity

iPads can help students stay organised by providing tools for note- taking, task management, calendar management, and file storage. Apps like Notability, Evernote, and Google Drive allow students to keep all their school-related materials in one place and access them from any device.

Accessibility Features

iPads offer a variety of accessibility features that can benefit students with disabilities or special needs. These features include voiceover, dictation, magnification, and guided access, which can help students access content and participate in classroom activities more effectively.

Preparation for the Digital World

Using iPads in secondary school helps students develop digital literacy skills that are essential for success in the modern world. They learn how to navigate digital interfaces, evaluate online information, and use technology responsibly, preparing them for higher education and future careers.

Engagement and Motivation

The interactive and multimedia nature of iPads can increase student engagement and motivation in learning. Educational games, simulations, and multimedia presentations can make learning more enjoyable and help students retain information better.

Please contact our IT coordinator, Mr Richard Berkeley, if you have any questions regarding Digital Technology in the school: richardberkeley@sanctamaria.ie

Some good links:

Link to Wriggle, our Education partner for iPads

School video on Google Classroom

Video on Google for Education in general

Some information on iPads in Edcation

Irish Internet safety web site