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BYOD iPad program

​​​The iPad Program is for students from Years 7 to 12​. Students need to follow the iPad learning expectations (PDF, 104 KB) guide, which outlines how iPads should be used in class and around the school.

All students are expected to have their iPad at school and charged, with enough space to save class work and install apps and books for classes. Students must abide by the standards in the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan.

Brisbane State High School is an iPad school and our curriculum is heavily based around use of an iPad in the classroom. Due to the specialised apps required in our classroom environment, a laptop is not a suitable replacement for an iPad.​

Requirements - 2019

Technical specifications

  • iPad or iPad Pro (Must be compatible with Apple Pencil)

  • Apple Pencil

The new iPad 6th Gen. or iPad Pro with Apple Pencil enables students to annotate on screen, take notes, sketch ideas, mark up documents and show working out and thinking.

Students may bring an iPad Mini but increasingly we are finding the smaller screen size an issue for students as learning tasks increase in depth and complexity.

Student may have a 3G enabled device, however, they will be required to access resources and internet through the school's Wi-Fi network while at school. A Wi-Fi only model will also reduce the cost of the device without compromising the student's ability to complete school tasks.

The Terminology (PDF, 26 KB) guide defines some of the language used in the BYO iPad program.

Textbooks and apps

We aim to have all resource books accessible on the iPad. Where possible, iBook textbooks will be used. These books have additional functionality for note-taking and interactive resources. Where a textbook is not available as an iBook, eBooks (PDF versions) will be used.

A list of apps is included in the school resource list, sent out in Term 4 for the following school year. Most will be free; however there may be some that will have a small cost. We will tell you if any new apps or books are required during the year.

Monitoring and cybersafety

We expect students to take responsibility for their use and their device. Web filtering has its benefits; however these systems are not foolproof and will never block 100% of inappropriate content. If you have any concerns, please talk to your child’s teacher.

Payment plans

Loan iPads are not available. If you are unable to afford an iPad, contact the school.


We strongly recommend that all personal electronic devices are insured against accidental damage, loss and theft. You can either:

  • include the iPad on your home and contents insurance
  • contact an insurer that offers specific student device cover products.


Our goal is for students to use iPads as a tool to support key processes in learning. Teachers use them as an environment to facilitate deeper engagement in learning and higher-order thinking. The iPad has the varied functionality that will allow students to consume and produce information in a mobile form through:

  • textbooks available on the iPad in iBook format
  • a wide range of classroom apps and tools
  • resources that are available 24/7.

Most documents will be transferred by the Goodreader app. During lessons, where visual media tools are being used (e.g. video recording a science experiment), students will be projecting work through air play systems such as Apple TV and AirServer.