iPads and Online Safety
Find out more about online safety.
Recent information for parents and pupils (pdfs) can be found at the bottom of this page.
iPads at Kimbolton
At Kimbolton iPads have been a complement to pupil learning, communication and organisation for several years, with each Senior School pupil owning their own device. The Prep School also has class sets for use when required.
The Internet is an integral part of our lives and an important and useful resource for us all. However, there are some risks and it is important that teachers, parents and pupils all work together to ensure its safe use. At Kimbolton we believe it is essential to educate pupils on e-safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Why do we have iPads for pupils?
- iPads help pupils organise, communicate, learn and study at home and in school.
- Individual access to technology is not something that should happen in a few rooms in a school. It should be for everyone, everywhere, anytime. iPads allow that.
- Pupils are used to having access to the internet at all times, in all places – school should not be the exception.
- Why would we not want pupils to have access to the greatest source of information ever assembled and study in their own innovative and personalised way?
- We need to make tablets a means of education for pupils not just entertainment. Pupils need to learn about safe, effective, educational use of this technology.
- We want to make the educational experience for pupils at Kimbolton as varied, dynamic and stimulating as possible.
What are iPads used for by pupils?
It is hard to describe the full extent as pupils are always finding new and interesting ways to utilise the technology but the following are typical:
- Pupils’ research and writing – promoting independent learning
- Pupils’ creativity in subjects using apps for art, drama, design, planning, animations, mind-mapping
- With projector and Apple TV – projection and teaching from tablet sharing with pupils
- eBooks/iBooks—use of Kimbolton iTunes U for teaching and learning
- Ease of internet access and immediate online research, video, resources etc.
- Lesson and subject resources available online and delivered not printed
- Camera/video function to record/project experiments and presentations
- Subject related apps in the classroom and at home
- Annotation of texts/notes, collaborative work and sharing of work
- Skype/internet link-ups with partner schools
- Applications possible in all subject areas
- Online submission of digital homework
- Podcasts, blogging, video, forums, the ‘flipped classroom’