Year 5 iPad Pro

Scotch College is committed to providing the best education for your son and this education is supported by the device that meets his educational requirements. In Winter Term 2017 the Year 5 team trialed 5 iPad Pro’s with Apple Pencil within the classroom and as a result in 2018 the Year 5 classes will transition from their current iPad to an iPad Pro 10.5in with Apple Pencil in 2018.

The following extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions has been created along with some videos of the trial that occurred in Winter Term. If you have further questions please contact Mrs Amanda Ritchie on 08 9383 6901 or via email at


Why are we providing the Apple Pencil?

The Apple Pencil enhances the functionality of the iPad Pro and is a natural progression and extension of skills developed in previous years. Resembling a regular pencil, The Apple Pencil does much more. Marking up documents, designing, writing, and editing are all possible with the integration and use of the Apple Pencil.

How will my son know which Apple Pencil is his?

We recommend all Apple Pencils are labeled with your son’s name and user ID. Pencil serial numbers have been allocated to individual students.

What happens if my son loses the Apple Pencil?

Every effort will be made to locate the labelled pencil, however, if it is not found, your son will need to purchase a replacement.

Why not use a keyboard?

Our trial of the iPad Pro with the Year 5 (2017) students found the Apple Pencil very useful. This combined with the on screen keyboard was the preferred option.

Can I buy my son a keyboard for his iPad Pro?

The provided case does not provide a space for the Apple Keyboard to be attached to the iPad, however, a detected blue tooth keyboard can be used at home if required.

What monitoring is done on the iPad Pro?

Parents are responsible for managing the device at home as per the current school programmes, and while at the College the standard filtering will be applied.

How can I monitor my son's use of the iPad at home?

It is recommended that iPads, laptops and other learning technologies be used in open spaces of the home. Problems with inappropriate use of technology can often be circumvented if you have the opportunity to occasionally glance at the iPad screen while moving around the house. In particular, do not allow internet access from the bedroom.

Can I view my son's internet history?

The search history on Safari will show you his browsing history. To access this history:

1. Open Safari on your son’s iPad.

2. Press and hold the back-arrow button on the far left hand side of the bottom tool bar.

3. Your son’s browser history menu will appear on the screen. From here, you can tap on a link to open it.

What measures are in place to help with ergonomics?

The classrooms are very dynamic places, with the iPad Pro being used as part of many activities over the course of a lesson. The teachers will review posture and ergonomics and ensure that the boys are not sitting over their iPad for sustained periods of time.

What is an Apple ID?

Your apple ID is the account you use to sign into all of your Apple Services, such as the App Store, iCloud and iTunes store. It is a single sign on that authenticates your identity. You need a current email address to create an Apple ID.

What is Family Sharing?

Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six family members to share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases, an Apple Music Family Membership, and an iCloud storage plan. Your family can also share a photo album, calendar, and reminders, and even help locate each others’ missing devices.

Why use family sharing?

All students have the ability to add apps to the iPad Pro. We recommend this is done through the process of family sharing which allows the parent to approve all apps that are added to the iPad from their child’s personal apple ID.

How do I give my son apps?

The College will provide all apps for teacher directed activities. Your son can add apps to their device. We recommend that this is done through family sharing so apps have your approval before being installed.

Can my son install apps from the app store himself?

The school recommends that family sharing be setup so that student selected apps are approved by parents before they are installed by the students.

Will the school still be providing some apps?

Yes, all teacher directed apps will be provided via the self service app on the iPad for students to install as directed by the teachers.

Are all apps available to my son?

If you set up family sharing for your sons apple ID you will be required to approve any other apps that your son wishes to install. The College has also restricted adult applications in the deployed policy for all iPads to ensure age appropriate material.

Can I buy apps myself for my son's iPad?

Yes, we recommend that you set up family sharing to ensure that all non school provided apps are approved by you.

Can I see what apps my son has on his iPad?

Yes, if you have set up family sharing you can see all iPads Apps on the device.

What happens to an app I buy on the iPad?

If you have set up family sharing, any purchase made via this method will remain the property of the payee.

Will my son need access to my credit card for purchasing apps?

If you have set up family sharing your son will not require your credit card information to purchase apps

What is the insurance excess on the iPad Pro?

The insurance excess is $300. Repairs to the iPad will not exceed this.

Will I be able to use 'Find my Phone' to locate the iPad?

The College will be able to locate a lost iPad.

Does my son need to bring his charger to school?

There is a limited number of charging stations within the classroom. Your son is expected to charge his device each evening. This is particularly important for back ups.

Are the devices backed up so my son does not lose his work?

The devices are backed up when plugged in to charge and are connected to wireless. Checking and manually backing up will be part of the digital passport the Year 5 teachers will take the boys through in the Summer Term. The boys will be shown the back up process and encouraged check their back up manually on a regular basis.

iPads in the Classroom

iPad in Action

IPad Pro Pencil Interview

Converting Writing to Text