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BYO iPad Program

Robertson State School’s Bring Your Own (BYO) iPad program includes over 90% of students.  This program is in line with our school Annual Improvement Plan and Digital Futures strategic direction. All Students from Year 1 to Year 6 are encouraged to bring a personal iPad to school every day to assist in their learning.  Students in Prep begin to bring their iPads at the beginning of Term 3, and there is a BYO iPad information session for Prep parents at the end of Term 2.

IPads are used within the classroom as a way to enhance student learning by allowing teachers and students to create, collaborate, research, and present learning in new and creative ways. These devices allow information and resources to be shared quickly, with less paper waste, and encourages the development and use of a range of 21st Century critical and creative thinking skills, as well as developing digital fluency skills that students will take with them to be digitally literate members of society in the future.

Key information and documents can be found on the right hand side of this page and below.

Apps lists are updated each year, with students learning to use a range of apps in each year level. Most apps are free, although some will require payment to buy the app.  If you set up Family Sharing on your children’s iPads, you will only need to pay for these apps once.  Some apps are a part of our school subscriptions (e.g. Mathletics, Literacy Planet), and are paid for through the School Resource Scheme, which you pay for at the start of each year.  Students who have not paid for the Resource Scheme will not have access to the subscription-based apps.


Recommended iPad models

(Wi-Fi iPad models only)


Updated October 2019


The only acceptable device is an Apple iPad. Please note that no Android device will be accepted as a part of the program.  iPad minis are not recommended as the screen size is too small when students are using them to create content and demonstrate their learning.  Please consider also purchasing a keyboard for your child’s iPad.  Although not a requirement, it is easier to use when they are typing documents, especially in the upper years.


·         iPad 5th Generation (Model no. A1822)

·         iPad 6th Generation (Model no. A A1893)

·          iPad 7th Generation (Model no. A2197)

·         iPad Air 2 (Model no. A1566)

·         iPad Air 3rd Generation (Model no. A2152)

·         iPad Pro 1st Generation 9.7 inch (Model no. A1673)

·         iPad Pro 2nd Generation 10.5 inch (Model no. A1701) senior students only due to the large screen size

·         iPad Pro 3rd Generation 11 inch (Model no. A1980) senior students only due to the large screen size

     All iPads need to be able to be upgraded to the current operating system: iOS13.1.2. If they cannot be upgraded to this operating system, some of the apps and features may not work properly.


It may be necessary to purchase a new iPad if: 


1.    The iPad is not able to be updated to the latest iOS 

2.    The battery will not keep a charge for more than 5 hours

3.    The display stops detecting touch and gestures, or if it stops working properly - a fully functioning touch sensitive display is required for the iPad to be used correctly  

Students are only allowed t​o bring an Apple iPad. Please note that no Android device will be accepted at school. 

201​9 App Lists

​Below are the App Lists for 2018. Please ensure that all apps for your child's grade are loaded on their iPad when they return to school.







Families who have multiple children at Robertson should use the Family Sharing option when downloading and installing apps across multiple devices. Instructions on how to use Family Sharing c​​​an be found on the right hand side of this page.

All questions regarding the iPad Program should be sent to