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Year 12 2019 iPad returns

We wish to remind our community that the College provided Apple iPad provided to our Year 12 students will need to be returned at the conclusion of the Year 12 exams.

In support of our students we encourage them to report any existing problems with their iPad to our IT helpdesk. We will use the remainder of this term to take care of any damages or issues before the exams start.

While we encourage our students to keep their iPad to assist with their exam preparation, they will be required to hand their iPad back to the ARC IT Helpdesk between 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday within two days of their final exam. iPads not returned by this deadline may be charged at a replacement cost of $650.00.

Summary of what you need to know:

  • iPads must be returned to the IT helpdesk in the ARC within 2 days of your final exam.
  • There will be no option to purchase devices.
  • The iPad must be returned with its charger/charge lead.
  • iPad damages will be charged as per the loan agreement:

Damaged iPads - $100
Missing Charger - $60.00

  • Students will be issued a receipt when they return their iPad in good condition. (This will be required to be submitted with their College exit paperwork.)
  • iPads not returned will be invoiced at a replacement charge of $650.00

Also as you reach the end of your time at Servite College, I would like to remind you of a few things you need to know about your school account.

We realise that some of you may have academic results and further study information linked to your Servite/CEWA email. We give you some extra time to make arrangements to transfer data and change email address before disabling the account.

  • Your Servite email, Teams/Onenote and Onedrive will remain operational until the 31st January 2020.
  • If you have registered for any 3rd party services using your Servite/CEWA  email address you will need to take action to change it to a personal email address.
  • You will want to download any files and data from your onedrive that you wish to keep.
  • If you have used your Servite/CEWA email for prospective employers or learning opportunities please make sure you have updated your details with them.
  • Any work in Teams or Onenote, please download what you wish to keep.

If you require help just visit us at the helpdesk or email us helpdesk@servite.wa.edu.au

The ICT Team

Adding a Keyboard

There are 3 main types of keyboard that you can use. Finding the keyboard that suits you and the way you work best, is a personal choice and may take some testing or reading reviews to find what suits you. While one keyboard may give a better feel it may not suit the style you use your iPad.

Type 1 – Bluetooth Keyboard
Bluetooth is a special type of wireless that works by pairing the two devices. Designed to be used by devices very close to each other typically for things like mice, speakers, headphones and of course keyboards. These require no special connectors you just set a trust relationship called ‘pairing’ so they will always connect together automatically. Bluetooth keyboards require battery power and may need to be recharged or require battery replacement. Typically these can go many months before a recharge is needed. These keyboards can be small and light to be carried by the students in case they want to use them in class or maybe a large full-size keyboard that will sit in the student’s study area at home ready for these long sessions of writing essays.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

 

This is an example of a compact style Bluetooth keyboard that receives very good reviews. It is available in Perth stores between $58 at OfficeWorks and $69 at JB-HiFi (JB will price match any price you have from other shops). 

Note: these price were correct at 10-04-2018
 

 

Cheaper Bluetooth Keyboards
Here, a sample of cheaper Bluetooth keyboards available on eBay are shown. As with all things a cheaper price may mean the build quality is not as good and the experience of using the keyboard may not be as you like it. These may be fantastic and it could be a good way of having students assess what their needs are. As we get students using some keyboards we will be asking for reviews and opinions from them but keyboard choice can be personal.

Do you need to do lots of typing?

Remember classes at the college last for around 50 minutes. In the typical class there will be several activities occurring during that 50 minutes. Typically the year 7 -10 students will be typing only part of the lesson for stints of around 10 minutes. They will need to listen to the teachers directions and explanation, read articles provided or accessed on the iPad, participate in discussions. It is extremely rare for extended periods dedicated to direct typing. Even during the drafting of essays students will access notes and other items to structure the contents. Below is an example of typing on an iPad.

Do you really need a Keyboard? Check out this Video

The Griffin Survivor Cases

Check out the range on Griffin's Website

All student’s iPads are provided with a “Griffin Survivor Slim” protective case these are very protective cases that will help the iPad survives the daily life at the College. It is expected that students keep the iPad in this case at all times. This case provides great protection but the best protection is always to look after your property and be careful. This case allows for the iPad to be positioned in a low angle great for on-screen typing and a high angle preferred for viewing texts or media

Type 2- Wired Keyboard

Type 2 - Wired Keyboards

 

These keyboards have a cable and plug into the iPad directly, they require no pairing or battery power. The iPad has a lightning connector so you need a keyboard that has one of these types of connectors.This method offers a full-sized Keyboard that can sit on the desk at home in the student's study area for those long typing session when essays or reports are due.

 

Another option for use at home is the USB camera connection kit. This connector is made to connect cameras and other devices such as midi(Music) devices. It also works with USB keyboards. From $8 keyboards to expensive ones, it also allows the charger to connect at the same time. It cannot be used to read USB flash drives.

Using this, the iPad can be stood up using the kickstand of the protective case, plugged into power to charge the device ready for the next day and use the keyboard for any long written tasks.

These examples are not exhaustive but just provide some ideas to start thinking. There are many websites dedicated to testing and reviewing devices and attachments and I recommend looking at a few before making a choice. At Servite we will be always trying some different choices and can make these available on request to students for testing purposes as short-term loans from the library.

Type 3 - Keyboard Case

Type 3 - Keyboard Case

These are the most common type of keyboard used by iPad users, however, they are also the most removed and< discarded by people. Often students and other users find they make the iPad too cumbersome to use and do not offer the level of protection needed. These tend to be expensive and often people find they are not used that often. If buying one of these ask a few questions. 

  1. How often in the day does the user sit and do longer than 10 minutes of continuous typing?
  2. Is there enough protection in the case if the iPad gets dropped?
  3. Is the cost too high for the few times a week it may be used?
Here are 3 examples that all rate as very good keyboard cases.
 

The Clamcase+ Power for iPad Air is being tested by the College now.

It offers good protection (not as good as the supplied survivor case), is a very nice keyboard to use, however makes the iPad hard to use as a tablet in the hand but works very nice on the desk or users lap. The other three, Logitech Type+ Protective Case, BrydgeAir Bluetooth Keyboard iPad Air and also the Zagg Rugged Book have received good reviews but not tested by anyone at Servite College. 

The video is from an iPad Keyboard Review article on theverge.com

Take a look it will help you with your decisions.