iPads 4 Learning @ MLP12C

Encouraging Learning Through Mobile Technology Use

10 Must Have Teacher App’s!

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Below I have created 10 wonderfully great iPad app’s for teachers!

These for me for the most part have been the Core App’s I have both used extensively and also found myself beginning to use extensively of late.

There are of course another 10-20 applications that i could have easily added however I do find that with app use on an iPad you ‘rob peter to pay paul‘, meaning that there are a lot of app’s out there that do very similar things to each other and you as a teacher (and learner), need to decide which app works best for you.

An example of this is one app included below, EduCreations. This is a simple yet very powerful application to use and is VERY similar to that of Explain Everything, Show Me, and Doceri, and there others… The reason I have listed over others is that it works very well and I have no reason other than that to use anything else. Simple as that!

So… The list is as follows!

If there are iPad applications that you use on a daily basis which you find that are just to important to NOT be on the above list, by all means I/we would love to see and hear about them so please take the 13 seconds to add your must have teaching app’s below!

2015 Prep-8 iPad App Lists



Below you will find our 2015 Prep – Yr 8 iPad Application Lists.

These applications lists have been created to best support and compliment the iPad and it’s use towards achieving greater learning outcomes for our students. The lists below have been developed with the assistance of staff and students and the feedback received via talking to students about their learning.

You may notice that their are a number of application lists relating specifically to student year levels and that there is a CORE and an OPTIONAL list. It is an expectation that ALL students have the CORE applications installed on their devices. Ideally we would also like the OPTIONAL iPad applications as well however we are fully conscious of keeping application costs and downloads to a minimum.

If you have any questions regarding the application lists or require assistance in the downloading of these please do not hesitate to visit the college or make contact via ict@manorlakesp12.vic.edu.au

Thank You.







Year 7 Home Project Tasks


For this term teachers in the Year 7 team have attempted to give the homework given to students more purpose and meaning. This has been via ensuring that the tasks set are directly linked to what is being covered in class and through giving students a ‘voice’ in how they present their homework. Rather than also have students create a multitude of various smaller tasks, a more major, singular project is issued.

Students are accessing their weekly homework via an iTunesU Course that has been created for them.

Recently as part of an Economics task, students were to develop a short video depicting them participating in their ‘Dream Job’. Below are just a few responses that were collected! 🙂


2015 Middle Years Student iPad Survey

Recently students in years 6-8 were asked to complete a survey that asked them to record down specific responses relating to their iPad use at the College. We have embedded these results below for your information.

As you will see the information shared via the students feedback in quite interesting and will certainly prompt some future discussion.

Happy viewing.

Digital Learning 2015


Throughout the course of the past several months MLP12C has been working hard to develop a new 3 year  eLearning Strategy that will guide and drive technology integration alongside current curriculum teaching and learning practices. Recently, and after much deliberation, our 2015-2017 eLearning Strategy has been finalised and ratified by College Council.

The strategy was developed in conjunction with members of the following:

  • The College principal class team,
  • College staff including leading teachers, year level team leaders, learning area leaders, teachers,
  • College network manager,
  • College council president,
  • Hardware reseller and supplier.

The evening to develop this strategy involved discussing current and future needs of our students as well as reflecting on the current strategy at the time with an emphasis on areas for improvement. 6 key questions were focused upon with all attendees giving valuable input. These focus questions were as follows;

  • What technology are we wanting our students to have access to, in all year levels? 1:1? Mobile Technology? Laptops? Specialised Labs?
  • Which model of technology integration will best suit our needs and wants? And in what cohorts? College Owned, BYOD, Co-Contribution? What will the financing of this look like?
  • How will the technology available be used to re-shape and enhance teaching and learning practices?
  • What further technical support and infrastructure and will be required?
  • What other, if any, technologies will be required to support student and teacher devices. Classroom A/V, IWB’s, LED’s, Apple TV’s, 3D Printers, etc…

Of the three components within the strategy, the main one of interest for parents and families of Manor Lakes P-12 College will be the device allocation model, outlined below.

Early Years Middle Years Senior Years Support Centre
Prep – Year 4


1:1 BYOD iPad Program


*Minimum device specifications:


Apple iPad 2 Device running iOS 6 or higher.*


Year 5 – Year 8


1:1 BYOD iPad Program


*Minimum device specifications:


Apple iPad 2 Device running iOS 6 or higher.*

Year 9 – Year 12


1:1 BYOD Apple Technology Program


*Minimum device specifications:


Apple iPad 2 Device running iOS 6 or higher.*


Late 2009 White Unibody Apple MacBook or higher.*

As per P-12 provisioning.


As per P-12 provisioning.


*Minimum device specifications: 


Apple iPad 2 Device running iOS 6 or higher.*


Late 2009 White Unibody Apple MacBook or higher.*

The information below has been directly taken from the 2015-2017 eLearning Strategy;

“The above provisioning model will see all students within our college with a personal mobile device which can be tailored and customised to suit individual learning needs. Specific applications for both iOS and osX devices will be determined on a yearly basis due to the needs of the students and teachers, as well as new technological developments, arise overtime.* 

The success of our current BYOD model of 1:1 integration has certainly prompted and encouraged a P-12 approach. Through a coordinated and transparent focus towards BYOD, MLP12C and its stakeholders directly affected, can work in cohesion to ensure technology is available to more students, more often, more of the time. The initial theory behind BYOD, which was first coined by ‘Intel’ in 2009, was to allow students access to their own devices at school to support learning in and out of the classroom. BYOD was also driven and fostered by educational institutions, such as MLP12C, to combat a major challenge that many institutions face and that being a lack of financial support to provide quality technology, especially from a 1:1 mindset, to support 21st Century teaching and learning practices. 

 As a college we fully understand that a BYOD model of integration does not suit all MLP12C families. Due to this we will endeavor to support all students without a 1:1 device for whatever reason as best we can in the following ways;

  • The loaning of devices to students via the college resource centre will be available for both iOS and osX devices. This will be initially in the form of:
  • 50 x iPad devices for Prep to 8 students
  • 20 x White Unibody Apple MacBooks for students in years 9 – 12. 

Prior to loaning of devices, student families will be required to initially sign a MLP12C Shared Loan Device document outlining the ‘terms and conditions’ for loaned and borrowed devices.  

  • The placement of iMac Desktop computers in specific learning houses. This will equate to approximately 50 devices at the beginning of 2015 with this set to increase as needs arise.
  • To ensure all senior years (9-12) subjects that are ICT focused are located within one of MLP12C’s iMac Learning Labs. Currently 2 iMac Labs, conclusion of 2014. To increase this to 4, minimum, by the beginning 2015.  
  • For the number of College owned ChromeBooks to increase from 25 to 50 to continue to assist with online applications and assessment practices. Discussions to be had also around adding ChromeBooks to the allowed 1:1 Device Provisioning Model after 2015.  
  • For rare occasions where alternative technology can not made available to students, alternative class work will be set to ensure all desired learning outcomes can fully be met by the students.

Finally, the current eLearning / ICT strategy has been a driving force towards MLP12C developing a clear and developed culture of high end technology use and integration. As per part of our eLearning Vision statement; we want the use of technology be a normalised, daily part of student learning to assist in meeting greater learning independence, outcomes, creativity and innovation.”

If you would like to view our college’s newly developed eLearning strategy, it can be downloaded via iTunes for those that have access to iBooks, either via a MacBook or iPad. For those who do not have access to those devices, it can also be downloaded via a shared Dropbox folder. The links to both of these are listed below. Alternatively, there will be hard copies located at the Burley Griffin and Argyle Offices.

Via iTunes:      http://goo.gl/EwnNm9

Via Dropbox:    http://goo.gl/GxprHs

Finally, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the College or myself via the email address below.


Thank You.

Corrie Barclay


LOOK at our Learning!


Our Year 2 Team Leader and eLearning Coach Michelle was recently asked to trial a great new app with her very creative and innovative students! This is again testament to the great work the MLP12C staff and students are involved in! The app, which is called Easy Blog Jr, lets the students add text, photos, images and videos straight to a blog via the students iPad device.

Now rather then going in to a whole lot of detail about the app itself, which can be located on Michelle’s blog, I have embedded the link here to Michelle’s class blog which is used to showcase and reflect the awesome learning that happens in her class. We look forward to seeing what more wonderful work that Michelle’s awesome learners take part in! 

Click on the banner below to view these wonderful examples of iPad created student work!

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And Once Again…

…we are an Apple Distinguished Program!

This morning Manor Lakes P-12 College were visited by Simon, an Apple Education Executive and Mel, Apple’s Digital Content Manager who swung by both to touch base and also hand over our lovely new Plaque that once again gives our College its recognition as running extremely high quality teaching and learning programs whilst effectively integrating technology.

The real congratulations must be awarded to our staff and students who are drivers of what we do with our technology to support those said learning and teaching programs.

ADP Recognition

ADP Recognition


Apple ID for Students: Parent Guide



Hello All.

Apple have just released a new document which is terrific in explaining the creation and use of “Apple ID’s” for school students, and primarily school students who are under the age of 13.

As the document states at the beginning:

“As a parent or guardian, you want the best learning environment for your student. One that makes learning relevant for each student and allows for creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. With an iOS device like iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, students always have access to the content they need—no matter where they are.”

To ensure that students are able to access parts of the curriculum we need to ensure that their devices are fully operational and connected to our College, and this also includes with an accessible Apple ID.

If you as a parent or caregiver would like to know more about the creation and use of Apple ID’s, Setting Privacy Restrictions, and adding Restrictions to an ipad Device then this is a great read!


iPad Intro for Newbies!


Hello All,

This morning I came across these two great Blog Posts via iPad Academy that will run you through iPad Basics and help you to understand the ‘ins and outs’ of how an iPad device functions as well its basic functionality.

So. If you can spare the approximate 6 minutes of viewing, this will go a long way to assisting you in gaining a better iPad understanding and make your use of an iPad much more user friendly. 🙂


iPad Video Lesson: Introduction to the iPad – Guided Tour Part One

iPad Video Lesson: Introduction to the iPad – Guided Tour Part Two






2014 iPad Program Welcome & Update!




It is with a fair amount of confidence that we can say that 2014 has started off extremely well and at an amazing pace!

Teachers and students have been right in the thick of the action with teaching and learning programs well and truly in full swing, as you would expect. For students involved in our BYOD iPad Program, that being all 620 students in years 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8, we have seen an amazing start to the year with iPad devices being showcased to facilitate and demonstrate teaching and learning programs and initiatives.

The use of mobile technology to cater for individual needs and to support student learning programs in place has certainly sparked creativity, innovation and a desire to showcase learning through the use of the iPad technology.

It has been also great to see students download and use the required iPad Applications to support their learning. As we have cut these down to 15 core applications from at least 60-70 in the past, it is vitally important that students in our Early Years, Middle Years and Support Centre sub schools have these applications. To access the 2014 iPad Application Lists, head to our shared “2014 eLearning Documentation” dropbox folder linked below.

2014 MLP12C eLearning Documentation

Our Year 2 Teaching team have also taken their iPad App usage one step further and developed a new list of ‘must haves’ for their students. This is also located in their shared dropbox folder linked above.

Lastly, we have developed a set of classroom / learning iPad expectations for students in Prep – Yr 2 and 6 – 8. I have also added below our Yr 3 – 5 Classroom Laptop Use expectations also. Teachers are currently using these documents and referring to them constantly to ensure technology integration teaching and learning practices are the best that they can be!

If you have any questions about the above please do not hesitate to leave a comment or contact the College. 🙂


iPads in our Classroom Yr P-2

P-2 iPad Classroom Expectations

iPads in our Classroom Yr 6-8

3-5 Classroom Laptop Expectations

Laptops in our Classroom Yr 3-5

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