What is the 2017 iPad Program?
In 2017, it is compulsory for all Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students at Berwick College to bring an iPad (minimum specifications of an iPad 2 16gb wifi only) to school as part of their essential booklist, and Year 10, 11 and 12  students to bring a device that meets the minimum requirements.  Required textbooks for each subject, where possible, will be digital and curriculum delivered by highly trained and motivated teachers. Parents can order their iPad from the retail store of their choice or students can bring an iPad that they already own.  Students will use their iPad, purchased in Year 7, over the course of three years until the end of Year 9, then into senior school.  Using an iPad in conjunction with digital textbooks (over the six years) will work out as a very cost effective option for parents when compared to the traditional textbook model, whilst ensuring that students have access to the latest digital learning tools.

What is the educational rationale?
The iPad is a transformative learning device. Through the device, students can access a vast range of information and educational apps. It opens up a world of learning where tasks and activities can be tailored to individual student interest and learning styles. Students will have anytime, anywhere access to a suite of digital tools and will be able to communicate and collaborate far more efficiently. They will be able to connect with people and issues all across the globe with a global classroom, whilst completing learning tasks in creative and innovative ways. Using the iPad means that students will no longer have to carry heavy books to and from school.  The iPad can also double as a personal device for students to use at home and could be the perfect birthday or Christmas gift. Ultimately, embracing cutting edge technology in the classroom today will help students develop the skills required for success in their real-world futures.

What are the acquisition and pricing options?
Parents choose from a range of two options as to how they will acquire the iPad as a learning device for their children:

1. Purchase from a retailer

  • Parents choose their own retailer to source a minimum of an iPad 2 (later models are recommended for Digital Technology).
  • Parents can source their own finance options, including interest free periods
  • Students must have a suitable case – as heavy-duty as possible
  • Parents should carefully consider purchasing the AppleCare+ plan and their own accidental damage and theft insurance option (potentially under home/content insurance)
  • Which retailer should I use?
    The devices can be bought from any retailer, however, JB HiFi and Apple have offered the students of Berwick College discounts, with additional help provided by Apple if bought through the link provided below.

    Apple Store for Education
    JB Hi-Fi Solutions for Education

2. Bring your own

  • Students who already have an iPad 2 (or the recommended later model) bring their device to school with them. Students may wish to bring hard copy books, although our preference is for the purchase of ebooks with the benefits of their interactive features and ease of access
  • Students must have a suitable case
  • Parents should carefully consider purchasing the AppleCare+ and sourcing an accidental damage and theft insurance option

What is compulsory, optional and recommended?
In creating the program, our aim was to give parents as much flexibility as possible so that they can choose an option that best fits their circumstances.  The following items are compulsory and it is up to the parents discretion as to how they are sourced:

  1. iPad 2 (minimum) – iPad with Retina Display or an iPad Air is recommended, minimum storage is 16gb (this is enough for school use, if student will be using for videos, gaming out of school more may be required), iPad minis are not preferred.
  2. Suitable Case – should be sturdy enough to withstand daily use and transport to and from school

The following options are optional but recommended:

  1. Accidental Damage and Theft Insurance – parents source their own option or add to home and contents insurance
  2. Suitable Keyboard – should be easily stored with the iPad and case
  3. AppleCare+ –  up to two years of expert technical support, hardware coverage and two incidents of accidental damage coverage

Please note: It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that the student comes to school with the required learning tools, so parents should think carefully about what recommended options they select.

How is this more cost effective?
Here is how we did the calculations:

  • The 2013 Year 7 parents were asked to pay $494 for their school books alone.
  • In 2016, parents of Year 7 students would pay $286.50 for their textbooks (digital wherever possible) and approximately $430 for an iPad, costing them a total of $716.50 (plus case, keyboard, and optional warranty and insurance).
  • In Year 8 and 9 students would continue to use their iPad and would (only) have to purchase their digital books.
  • Over these three years, parents would save approximately $415 (calculated by, continued use of the iPad for three years and purchase of digital books as opposed to new hard copy books).

Please Note: These are approximate costs only & are subject to change. Book prices will be confirmed on the booklist

Do I have to get digital textbooks through Lamont?
It is highly recommended that you purchase your digital books via the booklist and sourced from Lamont.  We have negotiated a deal that we believe is the best priced option available. Many subject resources will be available free as a PDF distributed in class or as PDF textbook in an iPad app delivered at the cheapest price possible.  To source your textbooks from other locations will end up costing far more than simply ticking the boxes on the booklist.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?
Instructions for downloading digital text books can be found on the relevant year level Edmodo page for your child. Or click here
For all questions and enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact:

Ms Rebecca Hann & Rebecca Abernethy
iPad Program Coordinator/s
8768 1028




Anytime, Anywhere Learning

Students will be able to access all of their learning content and tools at anytime and anywhere, but not all the time.

The Latest Curriculum

Australian curriculum designed specifically for the iPad and the development of 21st century skills.

Trained iPad Teachers

Passionate and expert teachers selected specifically to teach in the iPad program.

Preparing for the 21st Century

Students will learn the skills needed for their futures: critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.

Guides and Resources

Cybersafety and Cyberbullying – Information sheets from Victoria’s DET on cybersafety and cyberbullying for adults, primary and secondary students.

Cybersmart – Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to cybersafety. The program is designed for children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.

iPad Quick Reference Guide – A handy double-sided A4 cheat-sheet about iPad basics.

iPads for Learning – Information about the Victorian school iPads for Learning trial including specially selected apps, classroom ideas and technical tips.