BYOD - iPad Program

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a school program that allows students from years 4 to 7 to bring their own iPad to school and use in the classroom as an additional learning tool.
The BYOD presentation slides are available here for parents who were unable to attend the BYOD information evening.

Key Features:


  • iOS 10+
  • Device is fully functional and is not damaged (e.g. cracked screen)
  • No cellular SIM installed (must use school network/filtering)
  • Student has their own AppleID
  • Cover + keyboard


  • iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro. iPad Mini 2+ are also fine. Identify your iPad model
  • iCloud - "Find My iPad" is switched ON. (anti-theft & tracking)
  • Personal insurance on device

School Policies


Before Bringing Your Device To School

  1. Ensure the device is up-to-date, running iOS 10 or above. Click here for help updating your device.
  2. Setup an AppleID for your child following these instructions - Family Sharing and Apple ID for your child
  3. Remove any SIM cards or disable cellular connectiity. This is to ensure the device's web access is properly filtered while at school.
  4. Enable "Find My iPad" to enable tracking/remote wipe in case it is lost or stolen. This also enables Apple's Activation Lock , meaning that a stolen device can only be used again by entering the owner's AppleID username/password; this acts as a theft deterant.
  5. Sign Up to Office 365 (free) to use Office Apps
  6. Optional - If you purchased an iPad on or after September 1, 2013, you can download the following apps: Pages, Numbers, Keynote and iMovie for free. These can be used as an alternative or together with the Office 365 Apps.


Q: What iPad do I buy?
A: All iPads currently sold by Apple are fine for our BYOD program, however larger display models (9.7"+) and the addition of a physical keyboard are recommened.

Q: I am not sure if I can afford an iPad at this time, what can I do?
A: Walkerville Primary's BYOD program is focused on equality of access which is partly the reason we choose to use iPads as they are a low cost BYOD solution. Please contact the school so that we can assist you in finding a purchasing solution, we may also be able provide a loan iPad for use while at school however it cannot be taken off premisis. We do not discriminate against second hand devices providing the overall health of the iPad is in good standing (e.g. battery allows for a full day of use).

Q: Can I use a Macbook, Windows tablet, Android, etc instead of an iPad?
A: No, (unless you were apart of the old program prior to 2016) we have developed our BYOD program around a single App ecosystem - i.e. Apple's App Store. This allows us to produce concise documentation, training and educational/technological solutions for staff and students. This ensures the technology is uniform and most effective in delivering improved learning outcomes through the use of these devices. Ultimately our aim in choosing a single device was to reduce overhead which in turn allows students and teachers focus on continuing learning/teaching.

Q: I am apart of the old program prior to 2016, do I now need to buy an iPad?
A: Absolutely not, Walkerville Primary will continue to support this device's use at school. If you would like to switch to an iPad that is fine, however due to licensing restrictions it cannot be joined to MDM.


The school does not provide repairs/support for BYOD devices. If the device is broken or malfunctioning it is up to the owner to resolve these issues. Please make yourself familar with our BYOD Policy for further conditions.