Trinity College Foundation Studies (TCFS) was one of the first education institutions in the world to pilot the use of iPads in the classroom in 2010 to test their educational benefits.
Since the introduction of iPads to the TCFS curriculum, students have achieved better academic outcomes.
All TCFS students receive a new iPad when they commence their studies at Trinity and these devices belong to the student during and after the program.
A series of introductory training sessions are provided to students and the Education Technology Manager also provides ongoing guidance and support in regard to educational use of the iPads.
iPad learning enhances personal contact and communication between teachers and students, and increases students' engagement with the curriculum. Individual attention, small class sizes and face-to-face teaching remain an important educational approach at Trinity.
The excellent educational outcomes from introducing iPads into the classroom come from:
- active learning techniques
- individualising content for students
- real-time access to information
- collaborative learning.
By harnessing the iPad's potential in visual, auditory and kinaesthetic modes of learning, students have found that they can go further, faster and with more fun in their education.
Students and teachers make the most of the iPad's various features to:
deliver oral presentations
record classes, interviews and consultations
read e-books and articles
watch films and artistic presentations
create, store and distribute information
conduct mathematical calculations and scientific experiments
engage in hands-on educational experiences.
Trinity staff and students continue to innovate with this technology through the use of applications, e-books, recording devices and access to information. Some recent developments in 2012–13 include a student iPad band, collections of student writing, orginal artworks and photography made into iBooks, and an Annual Film Award.
Frequently Asked Questions
All students receive an iTunes gift card during orientation week to purchase the recommended applications.
The following applications are recommended to assist students with their studies:
Some subject-related applications:
Some free applications related to Melbourne:
Did you know that Trinity was one of the first institutions in the world to pilot the use of iPads in the classroom in 2010? Research from this pilot program revealed students achieved better academic outcomes with the use of iPads.
The trial in 2010 involved all students and teachers in one of our intakes and they overwhelmingly recommended the use of iPads to other TCFS teachers and students. Staff found that students were highly engaged and enthusiastic and were developing certain skills at a faster rate than expected.
TCFS began phase two of the iPad program in early 2011 and now all academic staff are using iPads to enhance and extend the curriculum. Together with the Education Technology Manager, the College is integrating iPads with other technologies to ensure a dynamic engagement and an innovative approach to education.
View a report of the Step Forward iPad Project
'Final academic results for the iPad Pilot Group showed that these students achieved the highest individual scores in the February Main cohort, and higher overall average scores. Now that iPads are in the hands of all TCFS students, Trinity is keen to continue the improvement of academic programs and academic results.'
Mr Glen Jennings, Associate Dean of Academic Operations
'With an iPad in the hands of every student and every teacher, traditional ways of learning have had to change. The ability to make videos, record teacher/student interactions, read and make e-books, and research real-time information on the web, makes the iPad a great tool to enhance the learning experiences students have at TCFS.'
Dr Jennifer Mitchell, Education Technology Manager