Learning Technologies

The key aim for the integration of technology into the teaching and learning at Unley High School is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to become competent, discriminating and creative users of a range of technologies. Such integration of technologies has the potential to engage students in ways not previously possible, to enhance their achievement, to create new learning possibilities and to extend students’ interaction with their local and global communities.

Unley High School is a technology rich environment, integrating technology into all teaching areas, transforming the learning and improving outcomes for all students. Unley High School has adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy. Students in year 8 and 9 are required to bring their own iPad fully charged to school every day. Students in years 10, 11 and 12 are required to bring their own device to school and may select a Windows or Apple device that suits their needs.

Years 7, 8 & 9

Students are required to bring an Apple iPad for years 7, 8 & 9.

Minimum Recommendations:

  • Updatable to the latest iOS (currently 16  in 2022 – this may change by 2023)

  • 9.7 Inch Screen (or more)*

  • 128 GB (or more)**

  • Sturdy Case (eg STM Dux)

  • Needs to be updatable for 3 years

  • WiFi Only Models Preferred, SIM cards from 4G models will need to be removed for school.

  • $50 itunes card / credit for purchasing school-based apps.

*iPad Mini not acceptable due to their small screen size causing typing and reading limitations.

**If you already own a 64GB one it will be acceptable, 32GB is too small

Samsung / Android Tablets are not Apple iPads. They are not compatible with our systems or learning program.

Years 10, 11 & 12

Students in years 10, 11 & 12 have the option to bring a Windows or Apple Laptop or an Apple iPad (their preference)

Minimum Requirements:

  • 8 hour battery life
  • Dual Band WiFi (5 Ghz Wifi capable required for school)
  • 13 Inch laptop screen (or more)
  • Less than 2 Kg
  • Protective Case
  • No Android Devices

Each student having their own device encourages:

  • Student Engagement:
    Digital technology is everywhere and has so many exciting and attractive features than can enhance teaching and learning.
  • Student Driven Learning:
    Schools are changing their focus to Student driven learning. Teachers now have the role of setting challenges, coaching and assisting students to find information and problem solve. BYOD gives authority to students to drive their own learning.
  • Collaboration and Communication
    Working in teams to solve problems is an essential skill to develop for all students. Having your own device can play a significant role in that. BYOD promotes communication with teachers and between peers.
  • Learning Anytime, Anywhere
    Having your own device in and out-of-school provides opportunities for anytime, anywhere continuous learning.
  • Investment in Infrastructure and Specialist Equipment
    With the money typically spent on devices, Unley High School can invest in Wi-Fi, infrastructure and specialist equipment that provides digitally enhanced opportunities and skills that open doors into areas of employment.