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

  • 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. ​

2020 App Lists

​Below are the App Lists for 2020. Please ensure that all apps for your child's grade are loaded on their iPad when they return to school.

“While Robertson State School makes every effort to check and accurately display the correct prices of Apps on the ‘Preferred App’ lists at the time of releasing them at the start of each year, these prices are subject to change at any time. These prices are not set or controlled by Robertson State School.”


Years 1 to 6​​

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

Last reviewed 13 July 2020
Last updated 13 July 2020