The Department of Education and Training (DET)’s 2010-2011 iPads for Learning – In Their Hands Trial placed over 700 iPads in nine primary, secondary and special schools and the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute. The schools involved in the trial were:

  • Dimboola Memorial Secondary College
  • Epsom Primary School
  • Manor Lakes P-12 Specialist College
  • Ringwood North Primary School
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute
  • Sunbury Downs Secondary College
  • Victorian College for the Deaf
  • Victorian College of the Arts Secondary College
  • Warringa Park School
  • Westall Secondary College

During the trial students used their iPads with wireless internet access at school, and while at home were able to use their iPads with or without internet access. Students loaded their own apps onto the iPad to supplement the suite of specially selected apps.

The trial investigated the capacity of iPads to:

  • increase independent and self-initiated learning among students
  • increase student motivation and active engagement in learning
  • improve teachers’ capacity to plan for and meet individual student needs
  • Improve student learning outcomes
  • extend students’ learning beyond the classroom and
  • improve parental engagement in learning and strengthen home-school links.