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Year 7-8 BYO iPad Program

​​The Gap State High School launched a BYO iPad program in 2015 for Year 7 as part of a wider move to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in many Queensland state schools.  

The program has been very successful so far and 100% of our Year 7 and 8 students have iPads. Daily usage includes: Student Diary & Planner, digital textbooks, taking photos, note taking, concept mapping, drafting, planning, report writing, making short movies, short formative assessments, polling, discussion boards, email, online course content (Stile Education), subject specific apps, e.g., Pre-Algebra, Calculators, Coding, Art, Music, reading eBooks and other creative and productive ways.

We highly recommend parents familiarise themselves with the latest information around Apple IDs and family sharing. We recommend parents manage the Apple ID and any purchasing of apps required. If parents do not wish to store credit card information against the student Apple ID they can use iTunes cards for purchases. 

In 2017 the BYO iPad program will extend to Year 9. However, families who wish to provide a Windows or Mac Laptop that meets the minimum specifications may also do so. This is because of the curriculum demands of Year 9 and many students have had iPads since primary school and need to replace their device before Year 10.

Please note: Our Current Minimum Specifications for iPads have been upgraded to a 9.7" display size for any students arriving at the school from this point forward. The iPad must be capable of running iOS 10.3 and newer versions of core apps compatible with iOS 10.3

Older iPads will not upgrade to iOS 10. This causes problems with key apps used for core learning with digital texts and online resources.


Before Arriving at School.


1.  Source an iPad and Case  - Check the  iPad Specifications to the right. An Air 2 is the miniumum spec if you are purchasing an ipad for the first time.

If you purchased a ipad Mini 4 or iPad Air last year as part of a primary school requirement that would be still sufficient if it is capable of running iOS 10.3

Please note: The Mini screen size is a bit small for some users but we acknowledge some people have only purchased these in the last year so they are acceptable in that case.

2.  Setup an Apple ID and possibly Family Sharing

3.  Set a Passcode (store securely as well) and also any desired Restrictions (PDF, 300KB)

4. Setup FInd My iPhone/iPad App BEFORE coming to school using the app and iCloud.

5. Download the Apps requested (see link to the right).

NOTE: If you have a refurbished iPad you could be asked to pay for Pages, Keynote, Numbers and iMovie. In this case use Microsoft Office apps for iPad  instead.

Late January after school logins issued.

6. Setup school Office 365 email on your iPad if you know your email credentials. See link on bottom right. Your password would have been reset on the move to highschool. It will have to be reset on a school desktop or laptop at school in Week 1 or 2 when your teacher takes you to a computer lab or the library for initial setup.

7. Get your Jacaranda (JacPlus) Digital Text Login information then view online and download school texts on your iPad.  This will be given out in Week 1/2.

8. Only use iCloud at home. At this stage it doesnt work in school networks. It may be opened up but until further notice we request iCloud is turned off at school. 

Note: OneDrive is not yet accessible at school for students. OneNote Classbooks are however.

On Arrival at school.

1.  Get/Verify your school login credentials (username and password). This will be provided on arrival at school and students will be assisted in lab sessions with setting new passwords and understanding the WiFi connection process.

2.  Setup School WiFi.  Your teacher will assist. Remove all other profiles from other schools/organisations.

3.  Finalise Office 365 School Email ( and Jacaranda Digital Texts if you haven't already.

4.  Setup Your School Diary (Setup Your School Diary (App4 Students) app for student and parent (App4 Parents) logins.  Year 7 Form Teachers will distribute initial student passwords and other information. Year 8 and 9  students can reset their own passwords from the link below.


App4Diary Help

​Parents and Students can reset their own Diary passwords by clicking on the following links and entering either their student eq email address or parent registered email.
Parents can also be added to student accounts via the Parents' page.
Parents without iDevices
Use this link for Diary access:


Jacaranda TextBook Login Reset

If you have your school email address you can request a jacaranda digital text password reset. This works on both the app and the website.


Feel free to email Mr Hallmond on with your questions.

Mr Roger Hallmond

Head of Information Services

Last Updated, September 15th, 2017