Q1. Can my child/ward use her existing device as her Personal Learning Device (PLD)?
Every student is required to have a device for teaching and learning purposes and is encouraged to purchase one through the school via MOE’s bulk tender. Students are encouraged to use the device model prescribed by the school, as the uniformity of systems and software would ensure a smooth learning experience for everyone. The device purchased through the school will come with the necessary warranty and insurance as well.
If students have an existing device from the following list of compatible iPad Devices, please bring the device to school and let the school ascertain its compatibility with the DMA and Apple Pencil (1st Gen and above). Please note that the existing devices is to be dedicated for learning and will be installed with a Device Application Management (DMA) software to manage the student’s access and usage.
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st to 5th generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (1st to 3rd generation)
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro,
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro,
- iPad (6th to 8th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation),
- iPad Air (3rd and 4th generation)
To identify your iPad Model, Go to Settings > General > About. To the right of Model Name , you’ll see the name of your ipad version.
Q2. Will my child/ward need to purchase software for their devices? If so, can these be paid for with Edusave?
To support the development of digital literacy, MOE will also be rolling out the following applications in the Personal Learning Devices in 2021: Google Suite for Education, Microsoft Office productivity suite which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote & Publisher, and Zoom. Students do not have to pay for these.
Q3. Can my child/ward share one device with her siblings who is also from SCGS?
For a smooth learning experience, it is strongly encouraged that each student has her own PLD. In addition, we do see our students using the devices in school daily and for their learning after school. Hence it may not be practical to share the device with their sibling/s.
Q4. What is the insurance coverage for the iPad?
Under the enhanced bundle, the iPads will have 3-year warranty and 3-year insurance. This will include 2 repairs or 1 replacement claim.
The insurance will cover fire, lightning, power surges, accidental cause e.g. water spillage, drop etc., theft due to forcible entry and robbery. Accidental loss however, will not be covered by insurance.
Q5. If my child use her existing Apple iPad, is she able to send her devices to the school service desk for repair?
Technical support will be provided to students through a service-desk set up in school. Students can approach the service-desk for basic troubleshooting of device issues. This includes students who are using their existing Apple iPad PLD.
Should the devices need more extensive repairs, students with existing Apple iPad PLDs would need to send the devices to the service centre on their own. These devices are not covered under MOE and hence not entitled to the warranty and insurance coverage.
In the event that the device is damaged after your child graduates from the school, as long as the device was bought through the school and is still within the 3 year warranty and insurance period, the device can be brought directly to the Apple Service centre for repairs.
Q6. Do the devices come with antivirus software preinstalled?
The operating systems in these devices have built-in security measures to defend against worms, viruses and similar malwares. DMA are installed in these devices to ensure that the security posture of these devices is maintained.
Q7: Will the devices be programmed to disallow students from downloading games?
As part of user management, DMA can determine the appropriate teaching and learning applications as well as security patches, to be installed into every student’s device. For example, inappropriate websites with adult or extremist content, as well as gaming and gaming websites or applications can be restricted.
Q8. What happens to the device after my child/ward graduates?
The school will uninstall the device management applications (DMA) from the devices upon students’ graduation, and students will have full control and personal ownership over their devices afterwards. If the student’s device needs to be installed with DMA in JC/MI, it can be reinstated.
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