As part of our School Improvement Plan we are partnering with APPLE to introduce iPads into classrooms as a teaching and learning device. The implementation will take place in the next academic year, in October 2019 for the International School and in February 2020 for the National School.
REAL Schools will provide every child in the APPLE iPad Programme with an iPad. These devices will at all times remain the property of the School.
The reason for this ‘school-owned device’ system is that it allows the School to manage and monitor what the students do with the iPads to ensure that they only focus on educational activities and also enables the school to ensure each iPad is equipped with the correct educational apps at the correct time.
Students will not be allowed to bring their own personal devices from home to be used in the school. They also will not be allowed to add or delete programmes from the iPads they use.
Parents will be required to pay a Tech fee (please refer to details in our fee structure) for the use of the iPad devices as well as other iPad-related accessories and software including:
will be enrolled in an iPad-sharing system where they will have access to iPads minis for certain classes and will only use iPads under teachers’ supervision. Each child will get to use the iPad minis for 1-2 hours a day for relevant class activities but will not bring the iPads home from school.
will take part in the 1-to-1 iPad system, where they will be assigned an iPad to use for the entire school year. They will be allowed to take their iPads home after school every day to do assignments or to continue learning.
Past research indicates that the introduction of technology like iPads only enhances learning if it is carefully and meaningfully integrated into the school system and curriculum and is accompanied by sufficient teacher training and preparation.
REAL Schools have undertaken the following steps to ensure effective implementation.
We are excited to have introduced this important new technological component to our Schools and we believe that this iPad programme leads to better academic performance and a more enjoyable school experience.
At the same time, we want to assure all parents that this initiative will in no way distract teachers and students from focusing on the traditional, core academic skills like reading and writing. Similarly, students will still have more than enough time away from technology to engage in sports and other physical activities at school. We are committed to ensuring that students develop a balanced and responsible approach to the use of technology.