Ballina High to issue iPads to Year 7 students next year
YEAR 7 students at Ballina High School next year will have an iPad 2 to put in their school bags.
Relieving principal John Douglas said the school had allocated $160,000 of its State Government equity funding so the 60 Year 7 students can be issued with the devices.
He said the initiative was about students being taught with devices "that they use every day", and was instigated by the Federal Government's decision to no longer supply a laptop for each Year 9 student.
Later in the year, students in Years 8 and 9 at Ballina High also will receive an iPad.
"It's about helping students meet the modern demands of our data- and information-rich society," Mr Douglas said.
He said parents would be asked to chip in $100 to the costs of the device and to pay for a cover.
After four years, the children would then own the iPad.
Casino High School has a similar iPad program.
Mr Douglas said a private company has been contracted to train teachers in using the iPads in the classroom.
The iPads will have 50 apps installed along with security software so they won't have any value to potential thieves.
Mr Douglas met with parents of Year 6 students last week to explain the program.
As for the kids finding their way around the devices, many already have tablets and smartphones that use similar technology.