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​Continuous program updates and support ensure the successful implementation of our ELF program. The updates communicated to parents are echoed below. The results of the parent survey recently completed can be viewed here: 

 

Pilot Program in 2019

Year 4 students have almost completed their first semester in a 1:1 iPad class. Teachers and students have had a steep learning curve, which has had only minor bumps, and they should be very proud of the results they have achieved. Students are engaged in their learning and taking ownership over how they demonstrate their learning. Examples of an English assessment task are here for you to enjoy. Students created an advertisement persuading the audience to purchase a new breakfast cereal.

 

 

 Oaty Tigers

 

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 Corny Fruity Cereal

 

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 ELF Update #6, 2019

 
Open Morning
A reminder that the ELF Open Morning is on Tuesday 7 May in your child’s classroom, between 9-10am.  This provides parents with the opportunity to see students using iPads in a variety of contexts. Parents will shortly receive a personal invitation and opportunity for RSVP. Please direct any questions regarding this morning to your child’s teacher.
Latest Software Update
Teachers have experienced no problems with the latest iOS (operating system) update on their iPads. If your child’s device displays notifications for an update, please follow the instructions to ensure the iPad has the latest features available for use.
Parent Survey Results
Thank you to those who participated in the parent survey for ELF last term. Full survey results will be published on the school website shortly. A preview of the results are below.
 

 
 
   
Parent Quote:
 ‘I was unsure how they could possible learn from an iPad but after seeing what they are   doing I think it’s great.’
 
Internet Access Reminder
We have recently received a query with regards to how students access the internet at school.
All devices used at the school, including BYO devices in the ELF program, access the internet through the education department’s filtered wi-fi network.
School devices (desktops, laptops and iPads) do not use 4G technology and we have strongly recommended parents do not send students to school with a 4G enabled device. iPads can only access this technology via a purchased SIM card inserted into the device, as used in smart phones. Purchase costs for devices with this capacity are much higher than the base models we have recommended and involve ongoing costs associated with the mobile data downloads on the SIM card.
 

 ELF Update #5, 2019

 
Parent Feedback
A reminder to parents that a short survey of 7 multi-choice questions is open for parents to complete. Responses are required by the end of term – Friday 5 April. Thanks in advance for those who participate. Your feedback will inform future phases of the program for your children and assist the planning for the 2020 intake of ELF students and parents.
 
 
 
Parent Open Day
The open day for parents for parents of students in 4A and 4/6B is Tuesday 7 May between 9-10 am. This gives parents the opportunity to see students in action, learning through iPads.
 
 
Apps List for Term 2
Additional Apps for the ELF program will be provided in Week 1 or 2 next term. It will be the parent’s responsibility to download these onto student devices. The list with links to the App Store will be published on the school website.
 
Keyboards and Pencils
During the term a number of students have brought Bluetooth keyboards and styluses to school for use with their iPads. We welcome these in the classroom, but there is no obligation for parents to provide these for students. If considering a stylus for school use, please note there are many to choose from which range in price. A cheaper stylus, for our purposes, works as effectively as a more expensive brand.
 
Keyboarding Skills
We have noticed an increase in the number of students interested in learning how to touch type. This is not a timetabled activity at the school, however, there are many internet sites and apps which offer free typing lessons for students. If your child is interested in learning to touch type, here are two applications to try:
 
Professional Development
On Friday 5 April Mrs Gibbons, Mr Scarffe and Mrs Bell will be attending an open day at Hilliard Rd State School. Hilliard Rd is an Apple Distinguished School and has been running iPad classes for many years. We are looking forward to attending and learning many new ways of integrating iPads into curriculum activities.
 

 ELF Update #4, 2019

 
The first two weeks of the ELF program have been devoted to setting up devices for classroom use, and practising the routines on how and when to use devices for learning.
This week as I worked with and observed ELF classrooms, I noted an additional layer of learning occurring. As students worked through their learning tasks, the iPads were a tool of differentiation.
In many classrooms, the whole class listens to the same text read. In an ELF classroom, students choose their preferred audiobook from a set list. In Daily Writes other classrooms use the same image projected onto a screen for stimulus. In an ELF classroom, students choose their preferred stimulus image for developing their creative daily write. These are small examples of the ways iPads are used in a variety of learning tasks, and allow students to express their individuality in their learning. As the year progresses there will be many more examples to report.
 
Cyber Safety
A officer from the Reputation Management, Cyber Safety Team presented to students in years 4-6 this week. The presentations catered to the age of students and discussed the following topics with them:
·         Acting E-Safe
·         Developing Safe On-Line Practices and Behaviours
·         Protecting personal information
·         Responding to cyber-bullying and unwanted contact
·         Digital reputation
·         Responsible online and mobile use
 
These sessions were well received by students and teachers, and will become a regular event each year in the school program.
 

 ELF Update #3, 2019

 
We are very excited to have launched the ELF program this year with your children. Thank you to all families who sent a personal iPad with their child in the first week of school. It has been a busy and productive time setting up the iPads to achieve the best collaborative working environment for students this year. 
iPad support sessions
It was great to work with parents last week to set up iPads during the support sessions. Lots of questions and technical tweakings big and small meant that the first few days have been relatively smooth.
Each Thursday morning during Term 1 an ICT technician will be available to support parents and students with technical issues on BYO iPads. This support is available between 8-8:45am in the resource centre.
 
Apps
Many students arrived at school with all apps loaded. If you haven’t loaded apps for your child, please navigate to the school’s website on your child’s iPad where each app is able to be downloaded.
We have made some minor adjustments to the app list for 2019 with changes to availability and appropriateness of apps in the last few months. Changes are:
·         SJB tools no longer available for Australian users.
·         Google requires users to be 17+. Students will use Safari (native Apple browser) instead.
A letter will be sent home to each family shortly listing any required apps that still need to be downloaded onto the device. It will also list any other issues with configurations that we have experience so far with the iPad e.g. the settings locking students out of AirDrop. 
Microsoft Apps
Daily work on iPads will be through the department’s security Office 365 suite of apps. OneNote, OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint and Excel will all be used from the beginning of term. Student information is kept secure through the use of their departmental credentials to access their files. Please ensure your child’s iPad has these apps downloaded.
 
BYO iPads for Yr 6 students
With the composition of a 4/6 class this year, we have a group of Yr 6 students who will be learning in a 1:1 iPad environment. These 14 Yr 6 students will have access to a school iPad during class time with their Year 4 classmates. Families of these students were invited to bring a BYO iPad to school, however, due to the late notice of inclusion in this 1:1 class, this is a decision left to individual families. Those who have chosen to send their Yr 6 student with a BYO iPad will also receive these regular email updates to keep all participating families across the developments in the ELF program.
 

 ELF Update #2, 2019

 
We are very excited to have launched the ELF program this year with your children. Thank you to all families who sent a personal iPad with their child in the first week of school. It has been a busy and productive time setting up the iPads to achieve the best collaborative working environment for students this year.
 
iPad support sessions
It was great to work with parents last week to set up iPads during the support sessions. Lots of questions and technical tweakings big and small meant that the first few days have been relatively smooth.
Each Thursday morning during Term 1 an ICT technician will be available to support parents and students with technical issues on BYO iPads. This support is available between 8-8:45am in the resource centre.
 
Apps
Many students arrived at school with all apps loaded. If you haven’t loaded apps for your child, please navigate to the school’s website on your child’s iPad where each app is able to be downloaded.
We have made some minor adjustments to the app list for 2019 with changes to availability and appropriateness of apps in the last few months. Changes are:
·         SJB tools no longer available for Australian users.
·         Google requires users to be 17+. Students will use Safari (native Apple browser) instead.
A letter will be sent home to each family shortly listing any required apps that still need to be downloaded onto the device. It will also list any other issues with configurations that we have experience so far with the iPad e.g. the settings locking students out of AirDrop.
 
Microsoft Apps
Daily work on iPads will be through the department’s security Office 365 suite of apps. OneNote, OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint and Excel will all be used from the beginning of term. Student information is kept secure through the use of their departmental credentials to access their files. Please ensure your child’s iPad has these apps downloaded.
 
BYO iPads for Yr 6 students
With the composition of a 4/6 class this year, we have a group of Yr 6 students who will be learning in a 1:1 iPad environment. These 14 Yr 6 students will have access to a school iPad during class time with their Year 4 classmates. Families of these students were invited to bring a BYO iPad to school, however, due to the late notice of inclusion in this 1:1 class, this is a decision left to individual families. Those who have chosen to send their Yr 6 student with a BYO iPad will also receive these regular email updates to keep all participating families across the developments in the ELF program.
 
 

 ELF Update #1, 2019

 
Welcome back to another year at Ferny Hills. I will send a full update to parents during week 1 of the term, but here are a few quick reminders for you before the year begins.
 
iPad Support Session
A reminder to parents that we are hosting support sessions for parents this week, Thursday and Friday. Sessions are informal and an opportunity to work with our teachers and technicians to set up devices for school. It is also a chance to ask any questions you may have.
·         Thursday 24 January 3-4pm – Resource Centre
·         Friday 25 January 8-9am – Resource Centre
·         Friday 25 January 3-4pm – Resource Centre
 
App Update
We have made a few changes to the list of required apps for Term 1. Please note that the SJTools app is currently not available for download in Australia. We are seeking an alternative free app, but hope that the tool may be made available soon.
Additionally, the school has decided not to use the Google app, which asks users to confirm that they are 17 years or older. If you have already downloaded this app, please feel free to delete it. All students will be asked to delete from their iPads at school. The school will continue to use the Safari app as an internet browser, which comes standard with the iPads on delivery.
 
Day One
The school would like students to bring iPads from Tuesday 29 January (Day 1). Teachers would like to set the iPads up for curriculum use straight away, and I am sure there are some students who are keen to try their personal devices at school.
 
 

 ELF Update #10, 2018

 
This is the last ELF update for 2018 and as such I would like to thank families for their support in preparing for the pilot program throughout the year.
 
Preparing For ELF – Parent Information Evening
The parent evening last week was well attended and was an informative and interactive session with many insightful parent questions. The information presented by Richard Clarke is available on the ELF page of the school’s website.
 
Apple Excursion
Another success for the ELF program was the recent excursion to the Apple Store on Wednesday. Every child in Year 3 attended the workshop at Chermside and all were wonderful ambassadors for the school. The children worked collaboratively to write a poem, illustrate it and narrate it. These three elements were combined on iPads to produce a creative digital presentation. We anticipate these will soon be available on the school’s website.
 
Participation Agreements
Thank you to the families who have already returned an ELF participation agreement for 2019. For those still to sign, an email will be sent shortly with an additional agreement document. Could you print, sign and return to the office as soon as possible.
All documentation relating to the ELF program is available on the school’s website.
 
iPad Support Sessions
The ELF team is available in the week before school starts 2019 to assist with setting up iPads in preparation for the first day of school. Parents are welcome to pop in, ask questions, and seek assistance with setting up Apple IDs, Family Sharing or downloading apps. Staff will be in the Resource Centre at the times outlined below. Please come with the following:
       your child’s iPad - charged
       Apple ID and Family Sharing information, OR
       Notebook and pen to record information
 
Thursday 24 January
Friday 25 January
8:00-9:30am
8:00-9:30
3:00-3:30pm
3:00-3:30pm
 
Please note that the Apple website and Apple Store are also great resources for setting up an iPad and the associated features for family sharing.
Thanks again to all year 3 families and I look forward to working with your students in the program next year.
 

 ELF Update #9, 2018

 
There are a few reminders for parents this week.
 
Parent Information Evening reminder
The session will be 6-7pm in the Resource Centre. Even if you haven’t yet returned an RSVP, please feel free to attend. This evening is an opportunity to hear how we are using the BYO iPads at the school and to ask questions about the set-up of devices. Richard Clarke, director of New Gauge Digital, who provides our technical services will be co-hosting and has generously provided 2 iPad cases as give-aways.
iPad suppliers
Apple Store: We are registered with the Apple Store as a BYO school. If you mention Ferny Hills State School on the purchase of products in store, you will receive 4% off an iPad, 15% off AppleCare+ and 10% off accessories. The Apple Store is also a wonderful resource for setting up Apple IDs and Family Sharing accounts.
JB HiFi: We have an education portal on the JB Hi-Fi site. A variety of products are listed here, however, not all are required at the school. For example an external keyboard, Apple pencil or an iPad Pro are not required, but are options parents may choose. The school code is:  FERNYHSS
New Gauge Digital: The director of New Gauge Digital, Richard Clarke, will be providing information on iPad sales at the information evening tomorrow.
Excursion reminder
There has been a tremendous response to the excursion to the Apple Store. If you haven’t yet sent back both the school and Apple store permission forms, please return them by this Friday. The school is covering the costs of this excursion, however, we do require both permission forms before students can attend.
Participation agreements
Participation agreements for the ELF program in 2019 are due this Friday. If you have questions regarding participation in the program, please bring them to the information session tomorrow.
 
Thank you parents and carers for your ongoing support of this initiative. We are very much looking forward to working with your children next year in our pilot year.
 
 

 ELF Update #8, 2018

 
It is an exciting time of year for the ELF program. There are activities organised for parents and students as we count down to the first day of BYO iPads in 2019.
 
Parent Information Evening
A reminder that we are hosting a parent information evening on Thursday 29 November 6-7pm in the Resource Centre. This evening provides parents with the opportunity to learn how your child will use the BYO iPad in the classroom and at home. This session will also provide tips for you, as a parent, to help your child get the best out the device while keeping him/her safe… and you in control. Please send your RSVP to the office by Monday 26 November.
 
ELF Participation Agreement
The ELF agreement, which requires signatures from the parent, child and principal, is due at the office by Friday 30 November.
 
Apple Excursion
A letter was emailed on Wednesday regarding an excursion for Yr 3 students, which is provided at no cost to parents. There are 2 permission forms to sign for this excursion. Please see the amended letter sent home to parents with the Apple Centre permission form attached (my apologies for the oversight!). Both permission slips for this excursion are due by Friday 30 November.
 
 

 ELF Update #7, 2018

 
Information Pack
Today your child was given an information pack for next year’s ELF program. It contains:
·       ELF Policy
·       Student and parent agreement form to sign and return
·       A list of apps for parents/carers to download onto the device
·       A parent checklist to prepare for the start of 2019
·       Information on Apple IDs and Family Sharing
·       An invitation to an information evening
Please read the information provided and return the following documentation to the school office:
·       RSVP for Information Evening by Monday 26 November 2018.
·       Student and parent agreement form by Friday 30 November 2018.
 
Information Evening
The school is hosting a second information evening for the ELF program on Thursday November 29, 6-7pm in the Resource Centre.
The session will focus on how your student will use their Apple iPad in the classroom and at home; tips for you as a parent to help them get the best out their device while keeping them safe, and you in control. The key speaker for this session is Richard Clarke, Director of New Gauge Digital. Richard’s company has provided technical support for our school for several years and for many BYO iPad schools in the Greater Brisbane area.
 
Please consider attending this session, whether your family already owns or is yet to acquire a school approved iPad for next year. Parental understanding on how the devices should be set up and managed for home and school use supports a smoother transition for students to an e-learning environment and promotes effective use as a learning tool.
 

 ELF Update #6, 2018

 
It is a bumper news update today with some exciting news for students as they near the end of the term and some purchasing and set up info for parents.
 
Excursion to Apple Store
We are organising an excursion for all year 3 students to the Apple Store at Westfield, Chermside. At the store the students will participate in a Creative Storytelling workshop. This excursion will be in Week 9 and no costs are associated with student participation. A parent letter and permission forms will be sent home soon.
 
Purchasing an iPad
Many stores will start promoting iPads in Christmas catalogues shortly. If you are looking for an iPad, other options include:
 
Apple Store
We are registered with the Apple Store as a BYO school. If you mention Ferny Hills State School on the purchase of products in store, you will receive 4% off an iPad, 15% off AppleCare+ and 10% off accessories. The Apple Store is also a wonderful resource for setting up Apple IDs and Family Sharing accounts.
 
JB HiFi
We have an education portal on the JB Hi-Fi site. A variety of products are listed here, however, not all are required at the school. For example an external keyboard, Apple pencil or an iPad Pro are not required, but are options parents may choose.
The school login details are:  FERNYHSS
 
 
Apple IDs and Family Sharing
To ensure family data privacy on a BYO device, we require each family to set up a Family Sharing Account through Apple ID. This account is for school use only. Your child must be signed in to this account on the BYO device when in use at school.
Support for setting up an account for your child is provided in the following locations
·       Setting up an Apple ID (for a parent)
·       Creating a Family Sharing account (for your child’s use at school)
·       Setting up restrictions on the device
·       A video made by another school provides clear instructions and excellent advice.https://runcheigss.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/BYOD/ipad-setup.mp4
·       All Apple Stores will support users with these topics.
 
Apps for download
The apps that students will require on their BYO iPad are listed on the school website. Navigate toCurriculum | ELF iPad Program | Under Related Links select iPad Apps required for ELF.
Once you have navigated to the page on the BYO iPad, simply click on the link which directs the user to the app on the App Store. Apps can then be individually downloaded onto the device.
There are three categories of apps being used in 2019: free, paid and pre-installed. Those pre-installed should be available on iPads, however, a link has been provided if not displaying on the device.
 
Technical Support
In 2019 the school will run a weekly technical support session. This will be facilitated by the school’s technicians every Thursday morning from 8:00-8:30am in the resource centre for children and their parents to help solve iPad concerns.
 

 ELF Update #5, 2018

 
As we countdown to the pilot of the ELF Program I’d like to update you on some events to prepare the students for their participation in the program.
 
Cybersafety
All students P-6 are currently participating in a series of Cybersafety lessons available from the Australian Government website. Please ask your children about what they have been learning in these sessions.
 
ELF Information Pack
In a few weeks your child will bring home a folder on information about the ELF program. It will include:
·       ELF policy (available currently from the school website)
·       Student and parent agreement form to sign and return
·       List of apps, all of which will be loaded at school, week 1 2019
·       Checklist for parents to prepare student for ELF participation
·       Information on Apple IDs and Family Sharing
 

 ELF Update #4, 2018

 
It was great to catch up with so many at the Parent/Teacher interviews recently. The level of interest and support from parents was very encouraging. There were three common questions asked by parents who stopped by to have a chat. I have included the questions and answers here, in case there are more parents considering the same topics.
 
Does the iPad have to come home each day?
Parents shared their concerns with the safety and security of regular transportation of iPads to and from school and some shared their preference for iPads to remain at school.
 
The school’s policy requires iPads to be charged at home and therefore students need to take them home for this purpose. One of the benefits of the BYO iPad program is that there is a strong connection between learning at school and home. It would therefore be an advantage for students to take their iPad home regularly to continue learning through homework tasks.
Safety and security:
·       The school’s policy states that iPads are not to be used before or after school, or during break times. iPads are also not to be used at OSHC. 
·       iPads will be locked in the classroom during breaks.
·       It is strongly recommended that parents provide a rugged case for iPads to protect them from drops, knocks and spills.
 
Will 32GB be sufficient storage for the device?
This depends on how parents decide to manage iPad use at home. If an iPad is used only for school purposes, 32GB is sufficient. Students will be managing their files in the departmental ‘cloud’ environment and then deleting unnecessary files at the end of each school year to ensure sufficient storage is available for the following year. If the iPad is used for personal or family purposes, additional storage may be required.
 
Will my child’s iPad be shared with others who don’t have one?
No. The iPad your child brings to school for their education will only be used for your child. In collaborative projects students with personal iPads will be paired together. Students who do not bring a device will be required to complete tasks using school owned equipment, shared between students.
 
Please feel free to email me with any other questions regarding the ELF program and I will be certain to respond.
 

 ELF Update #3, 2018

 
ELF at Parent/Teacher Interviews
Next week during the parent/teacher interviews, I will be available in the hall to promote the ELF program. The intention is to provide you with a brief and informal, face-to-face opportunity to ask questions about the program. There will be no formal bookings, however, it is intended that parents chat briefly in a style similar to the parent/teacher interview for 10 minutes, thus providing opportunities for others. I will be available from 3:30-6:00pm on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 Sept.
 
I hope to see you there!
 

 ELF Update #2, 2018

 
Dear Parents and Carers
We are now 6 months away from the launch of the ELF program in Year 4 classrooms! Here are some activities we have been involved in recently in preparation for 2019.
 
iPad Professional Development
The ELF team and other interested teachers recently attended a free professional development session at the Apple Centre at Chermside. During the session we learnt about the process for app development and design. We also started, or continued, our journey into teaching coding to students. Tynker andSwifts Playground were used and will be part of the ELF App list for 2019. These free and engaging apps are available from Apple’s App Store.
The Apple Centre offers free sessions to parents and kids as well. Some of the titles include:
Basics: Parental Visibility
Kids Hour: Making Movies Together
How To: Get Started with Coding
 
To book a session for yourself or your child, search the Internet for ‘Today at Apple’ and select the store and session that suits you.
 
Device Requirements
If you are considering which device to purchase, note that all devices in the table below are accepted, asoutlined in the school’s draft policy document, except for the 4th generation of iPad which no longer accepts current iOS updates. 
As all devices must be subject to the filtering of our internet system, we do not accept cellular models. We also encourage parents to purchase iPad with a minimum storage capacity of 32GB. Purchase of this storage size ensures that the life of the device will endure over three years.
 
Device Name
Wi-Fi Model
Cellular (3G) Model
Storage Sizes
iPad 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4thGeneration
NO
(These models no longer take IOS updates)
NO
NA
iPad Air
YES
NO
32GB or 64GB or 128GB
iPad Air 2
YES
NO
32GB or 64GB or 128GB
iPad 5th Generation (2017)
YES
NO
32GB or 128 GB
iPad 6th Generation (2018)
YES
NO
32GB or 128 GB
 
 
 
 

 ELF Update #1, 2018

 

​Dear Parents & Carers

Welcome to the first update for ELF. I will provide a snapshot of what ELF is and who is involved. 

ELF
E-Learning at Ferny is Ferny Hills State School’s 2019 pilot ‘bring your own device’ program. Current students of Year 3 were selected to pilot this program, which means the parents of this group are asked to provide a personal device (Apple iPad) from the first day of Year 4, 2019 to support their child’s learning.  This device will also be used in their classroom learning in each subsequent year at the school.
 
Program Information
An information session for parents was held in Term 2, however, for those not yet familiar with the program aims, the draft ELF Program policy and FAQs are available in the on the school website:
https://fernhillss.eq.edu.au/Curriculum/Subjectsandprograms/Pages/ELF-iPad-program-(e-learning-@-Ferny).aspx
 
Apps
The ELF team will provide regular updates on the apps that are currently used and will be part of the 2019 program.
Reading Eggs is an app, which continues to expand and provide quality e-books for students to read. It also has a wide range of learning activities used for comprehension and English skills development. If you have an iPad at home, you might like to download the free app and use your child’s school log in to look around.