Digital Learning at OLG
As a school we are constantly working to improve the ICT provision for our students. We want to make sure that our students receive the necessary preparation in the usage of mobile technology, desktop technology and coding which will best position them for success in 3rd Level, the world of work and lifelong learning. An information document for prospective and existing parents can be accessed below:
Here are two examples of schools who have created a similar section for iPad information on their websites.
- 1. St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush have created a dedicated website section to assist student and parents with some of the most common iPad and eBook queries. It also includes the Acceptable Usage Policy for iPads which both students and parents should be familiar with.
- 2. Coláiste na Mí also have a great iPad section on their website. They have a section for parents and students with easy to follow guides.
The Benefits of Technology in Education
Classrooms today are largely unchanged since the industrial revolution, and yet, the rest of the world has changed enormously since then. To succeed in a competitive global economy, employers are looking for creative staff who are fresh and possess modern skills; they need to be able to work in groups, to pose and solve complex problems and be able to communicate across teams and borders.
21st Century Skills
Students are naturally creative and innovative; they will also develop new critical thinking productivity and leadership skills, which will enable them to be responsible, self-directed learners and employees.
An endless amount of content is available through the use of devices in the classroom – Today, almost all textbooks have been converted to a digital version to deal with the issue surrounding the weight of the schoolbag. The devices allow students instant access to the latest news, information, statistics etc.
Develop Organisational Skills
Students will become more organised and efficient, as they will no longer need to spend as much time at school lockers or taking notes that they could misplace/forget. All the students content will be stored in the one place – The Device.
Student will undergo continuous assessment as part of the new Junior Cycle and ePortfolios will be part of how students present their work.
Fun Learning Environment
Research shows that students who are engaged in their learning will naturally perform better; technology allows teachers to find even more ways of engaging the variety of learning styles in their classroom.
iPad is the educational professional’s first choice. In fact, Apple iPad holds a staggering 94% of the Educational Market for Tablets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find some answers to the most frequently asked questions by students.
Does my device need to be charged for school every day?
Yes! You should arrive to school every morning with a battery percentage of 90% or more.
Can I leave my device charging overnight?
As long as you are using the charger that came with the device, then it is okay to charge your device overnight.
What charger should I use when charging my device?
When charging your device, make sure you only ever use the charger that came with it. So, for example, do not use an iPhone charger when charging your iPad.
How long will my battery last?
Your device will have up to 10 hours battery life, plenty for each school day.
There is a software update available on my device, should I update?
Updates need to be fully tested by our engineers to make sure there are no bugs. Please wait until your school or teacher informs you that it is okay to install any software updates.
Do I need a case on my device?
Schools are busy places with lots of people. The school strongly recommend that you have a case on your device at all times to reduce the risk of damage.
I’ve forgotten my passcode for my iPad – What do I do?
Don’t panic! It is really important not to enter the incorrect passcode too many times as you risk having your iPad completely locked out and potentially losing important data.
Get in touch with Wriggle Helpdesk on 01-5009060 and they will be able to help you.
Do I need Bluetooth turned on?
Unless using a Bluetooth keyboard, Bluetooth does not need to be turned on all the time. Instances when you mind need to turn on Bluetooth would be;
- • When using Airdrop to transfer files
- • When using an Apple TV
How do I turn off the notifications on my device?
During school time, it is important that the notifications on your device are turned off so there are no interruptions during classes.
To turn off notifications on an iPad:
iPads have a great in-built feature called Do Not Disturb which allows you to mute notifications. When Do Not Disturb is on, you will see
in the status bar. There are two ways to turn Do Not Disturb on or off.
Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. Choose Manual to turn on Do Not Disturb now or set a schedule.
Staying Safe Online
Staying safe online is an important part of using the internet responsibly. Your school will have an Acceptable Usage Policy in place, which helps keep you and your fellow classmates safe online. It is important that you read the policy that is found on your school website and if you have any questions, make sure to ask your teacher or parent.
Useful video Links
Please follow any of the links below to see examples of our in-school produced digital resources for our students. All are available on Itunes free of charge.