…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




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!



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









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

This afternoon we held our 2nd Information Afternoon for our new Prep parents for 2014. It was great to see so many people attended and absorb what was a small mountain of information!

Below, I have embedded the Haiku Deck Presentation which was shown to those attending parents giving them a brief overview of the iPad Program for 2014. If those parents who attended have any questions, or anyone else has a few minor questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College.


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad


Please note that the Haike Deck above was created using the ‘Beta’ Web based version, which I have found to be excellent yet still a little clunky. I.e. Not saving corrections and changes…:)



In the post below I made reference to our 2014 iPad Application Lists and them being ‘housed’ in a shared Dropbox folder for all to access! As of yesterday we had finalised, and thank you largely to our Support Centre Staff for their assistance, our Middle Years Support Centre Application list.

I have attached the now 3 App lists below for your download and perusal!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!

MLP12C 2014 EY App List

MLP12C 2014 MYSY App List

MLP12C 2014 MYSC App List

Hello All!

In recent years we have delivered alot of our ICT and eLearning documentation via the old fashioned paper way! This year however we are aiming to move more towards digital forms of documentation that parents, families, and the wider community have access to online.

Below, you will find a link to a shared DropBox Folder which contains update to date eLearning documentation for 2014. An outline of what is included in this shared folder is below.

The ‘big ticket’ items contained ion this folder are of course our 2014 iPad Applications Lists for our Early Years and Middle/Senior Years students as well as our 2014 iPad Integration Guide.

This guide is aimed at assisting students, families and our staff in understanding Mobile Technology integration, our College’s philosophies and goals behind iPad integration, using an iPad for the first time and also iPad management set up and solutions.

This documentation is still in draft form and the folder itself will be updated and added to as time progresses.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the College to discuss these further!

Thank you!

Dropbox Link:  http://goo.gl/7bA7dW

File Name File Type Description
2014 MLP12C ICT AUA P-4 PDF Our student ICT Acceptable Use Agreement outlining expectations of device and online behaviours for students in our Early Years Sub School.
2014 MLP12C ICT AUA 5-8 PDF Our student ICT Acceptable Use Agreement outlining expectations of device and online behaviours for students in our Middle Years Sub School.
2014 MLP12C ICT AUA 9-12 PDF Our student ICT Acceptable Use Agreement outlining expectations of device and online behaviours for students in our Senior Years Sub School.
MLP12C 2014 EY App List PDF A list of all applications required by our students in years 1 and 2 to support their learning.
MLP12C 2014 iPad Guide iBook File Our college iPad Integration Guide for students, teachers and families. This is a Multi Touch eBook which can be downloaded only on devices that have Apples ‘iBook’ application. This being iOS devices and MacBooks running Apple’s 10.9 Operating Software.
MLP12C 2014 MYSY App List PDF A list of all applications required by our students in years 6-11 to support their learning.
MLP12C 2014 PDF iPad Guide PDF A PDF version of our Multi Touch eBook. This is smaller in download size as it contains none of the high-end media the iBook version does.
MLP12C iPad Connection Guide PDF A document created by our IT Technicians to support families in setting up their device for the first time.
Parent Guide – Apple ID PDF A guide developed by Apple to support Parents in setting up and creating Apple ID Accounts for their children.

Hello All!

Firstly, thank you to those parents who turned out for last nights MLP12C BYOD Information Evening. We hope that what was presented clarified a few things for you and any questions that you may have had were answered.

Please find below the ‘Prezi’ presentation that was shown last night.

If you have any questions about the presentation, and or about anything relating to our BYOD Framework Models for 2014, please do not hesitate to contact the College.

Thank You.


Hello MLP12C Community.

On Wednesday the 6th November we will be holding 2 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Information sessions to support our families and caregivers in transitioning towards a BYOD framework.

Currently for 2014, students in years 1 and 2 as well as 6 to 11 will be involved in our BYOD programs. This approximately makes up 80+% of our college 1:1 devices where we will see close to 2000 1:1 devices on our network. This does not include staff laptops and personal devices.

The two session that are being hosted will give parents and our community a greater insight into what BYOD essentially is, why we as a College moved towards a BYOD framework in 2011, and how we can and will offer support to families involved in this technology integration model.

The parent information note is attached below, as are dates, times and the location.

Thank you.

2014 BYOD Parent Session Evening Notification.

  • Date: Wednesday 6th November
  • Session 1: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Session 2: 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Location: Eyre Resource Centre


Recently we have had several students and families inquire about the use of iCloud to back up the images on their iPad Camera Roll. One reason being that if, for whatever reason, an iPad device is needing to be restored, is lost or even damaged beyond repair, then those images are lost which can be quite a pain!

Below are some basic instructions, as well as some extra information, on how to use the 5GB of FREE cloud storage you receive when you use your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.

Firstly, to view your iCloud settings to see exactly what you are syncing to the ‘cloud’, you need to go in to your Settings and tap on iCloud.

From here you will then see all items that are checked, or turned on, that are being synced across different devices you own as well as to iCloud. Why is this a good thing? If you lose your iPhone/iPad for example then all items in your Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, and Passbook are backed up and not lost forever! Also, the feature that I love, is that if I create Reminders or Notes on my iPhone, they will be synced and pushed across to my iPad device. Very handy feature to ensure I am not jumping from iPad to iPhone and vice versa.

As you can see below, one feature that is a MUST to be turned on is the ‘Find My iPhone’ Feature. For this to work you also need to turn on the ‘Location Services’ feature in your Privacy settings and once in that, activate ‘Find My iPhone’. We have used this at MLP12C to recover several missing iPad decvices.

One major feature of iCloud apart from the backing up and syncing your Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, and Passbook, is the Photos feature for the saving and backing up of all of your images. A great here is that even if you decide to use ‘My Photo Stream’ to back up your images, this WILL NOT count towards to your 5GB of cloud storage!

As the image above shows, when My Photo Stream is turned on, images taken on one particular device are also synced and shared across multiple devices. This is only the case if you are using your Apple ID on more than one device, as well as have iCloud turned on on both devices. This means if I take a photo on my iPhone, and all iCloud and Photos settings are turned on multiple devices I own or are part of my Apple ID, then that image will appear on those devices in the Camera Roll.

This can be a great thing! Yet can also cause headaches if people in a family are using different devices yet sharing Apple ID accounts. Images taken by one person, say on an iPad, can be seen on other devices using the same Apple ID.

So. The choice is yours! If after all of this you’re thinking ‘My Photo Stream’ and iCloud are not for you, then here are a few other methods for backing up images taken on iOS devices.

1. Use another cloud based storage site such as Dropbox or Box. These are easy to set up, free (giving you limited storage) and easy to use.

2. Use a Dedicated Photo cloud storage solution such as Picassa (Google) or Flickr. Flickr gives you 1TB (1000GB) of free photo storage space! That’s anything from 1 million to 10 million images!

3. Connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC and back up your data, including your images, that way. In saying this, ALL iOS devices should be backed up at some point to a Mac or PC.

We hope this information helps! If you are however after more information, head to the Apple Support FAQ Site below!