iPad FAQ | Foundation Studies | Trinity College, Melbourne

iPad Frequently Asked Questions

Why use iPads at Trinity College?

To enhance learning by making good use of light-weight, portable, flexible and durable technology that enables students and staff to create or utilise a broad range of materials in various learning styles. iPads are effective for study based on sound, text, image and movement, and our experience highlights active learning, individualising content for students, real-time access to information, and collaborative learning.

Have Trinity students and staff used iPads before?

Yes. Trinity was one of the first institutions in the world to run a pilot program to test the educational benefits of the iPad. The overwhelming recommendation from our pilot program with the 2010 August Extended Intake was to use iPads with all TCFS students and staff.

Will all new students from 2012 be issued with an iPad?

Yes. For consistency and equity in education, uniformity of iPad models, and uniformity of warranties and technical support, all students will be issued with a new iPad from the commencement of their studies at Trinity College.

Does the iPad belong to the student?

Yes. TCFS is using iPads to enhance learning while at Trinity and to help prepare students for university life and future employment. Students will take the devices and skills with them when they graduate from Trinity.

Will Trinity replace a stolen or damaged iPad?

Because all iPads will be issued new to commencing students, the devices will be under warranty during the student’s time at Trinity. But at all times students will be individually responsible for their own iPads, including insurance from theft or damage. Trinity will not replace a stolen or damaged iPad, but under certain circumstances a short-term loan can be arranged while the student arranges a replacement or repair.

Will all teachers have an iPad?

Yes. All teachers have been provided with an iPad and relevant professional development.

Will students receive support in setting up the iPad and using it for educational purposes?

Yes. There will be a series of introductions and training sessions, and the Education Technology Manager will also provide ongoing guidance in regard to educational use of the iPads.

Will Trinity provide IT support for the iPad?

Trinity Information Technology Services (ITS) will provide assistance with technical issues, such as ensuring that the student’s iPad connects to the Trinity email system and to Trinity Wi-Fi. Students will also be assisted in connecting to Trinity computers to set up accounts. ITS will not undertake mechanical repairs. The new iPads will be under warranty, so any technical faults can be addressed under the terms of the warranty. (Students should not “jailbreak” iPads, attempt to remove the screen or disassemble the iPad, or undertake any other action that voids the warranty.)

Will students be able to use iPads in every class and across the College?

Yes. All Trinity teaching spaces, study areas, the Library, and student common rooms are Wi-Fi enabled.

Will students be able to register their iPads and "back up" their iPad applications and documents on Trinity computers?

Yes. Students can register their iPads and back up their applications and documents on Trinity computers if needed. Alternatively students can register their iPads and back up applications and documents on their personal computers. It is wise to back up regularly.

Will iPads replace face-to-face teaching and reduce contact time between teachers and students?

No. All students will have the same number of classes and the same class sizes as before, and one-to-one consultation outside of the classroom will remain a defining feature of education at TCFS. iPad learning will enhance personal contact and communication between teachers and students, not reduce personal contact.

What are some examples of how students will use iPads in class and for homework?

Making films, creating soundtracks, drawing graphs and images, reading eBooks, writing notes in lectures, annotating eBooks and PDF documents, researching and writing essays, creating slide presentations, accessing the Internet, doing physical and virtual experiments, sending and receiving emails, reading newspapers, recording interviews, watching YouTube, listening to podcasts, submitting assessment pieces, conducting fieldwork and creating or answering instant quizzes.

What if my typing is no good?

Most staff and students have found the iPad keyboard very easy to use after a little practice. (Anyone familiar with using touchscreen phones have instantly found the iPad keyboard very easy to use.) But for people who prefer handwriting, there are many iPad applications which allow entry of data by writing.

Can I write in other languages?

Yes. The keyboard can be set to include other languages, including character-based languages such as Chinese and Japanese, and the handwriting facility enables entry of handwritten characters that appear in typed form.

Will using an iPad cut down the number of books students need to buy and carry around?

Yes. Many books and paper documents will be replaced by eBooks, PDF documents, web pages and other styles of delivery.

Will students need to buy and carry around a $200 graphic calculator for Maths and science classes?

No. iPad calculator applications are much cheaper and cover all the same uses.

Should students bring their iPads to College every day?

Yes.