1:1 iPad Programme Information

Frequently Asked Questions

* WHAT ARE THE DEVICE REQUIREMENTS?

DSG Junior Grade 4 & Grade 5

No devices are required. The school provides access to iPads when required.

DSG Junior Grade 6 & Grade 7

Pupils are required to bring their own iPad as part of their prescribed accessory list.

The minimum specification is iPad Air 2 (generation 4) 16GB with WiFi. This model is no longer for sale, but if your family already has one, this will be good enough.
If you are buying a new iPad, the equivalent base model is iPad (generation 5) 32GB with WiFi.

DSG Senior Grade 8 & Grade 9

All Grade 8 and Grade 9 pupils will be required to bring their own iPad as part of their prescribed “accessory” list for 2019.
While parents may choose from a range of iPad models, the following are the minimum specifications for the programme:

  • iPad Mini 2 – 16GB with Wi-Fi
  • iPad Air 2 – 16 GB with Wi-Fi

We encourage girls to have their iPads in a cover of sorts and ask parents to ensure that iPads are insured. We also strongly recommend that when you purchase the iPad, you take out iCare Insurance as this is specifically tailored for breakage and even factors in two accidental drops!

DSG Senior Grade 10

We require that Grade 10 pupils bring their own tablet or laptop device in 2019. Students may bring any device with a minimum specification of 32 GB storage plus WiFi. Devices should be between 5” – 13” in size to be sufficiently productive while remaining portable. If choosing a tablet, a keyboard is recommended. Battery life to last the school day is imperative. If you prefer an Apple iPad, Apple Macbook, Android device, Chromebook, or a Windows laptop, that is completely acceptable. It remains your choice.

Students in the third year of the DSG 1:1 programme may continue with their iPad, while a keyboard is recommended.

Students making a new device choice may choose:

  • iPad range (mini iPad, iPad, iPad Pro)
  • Macbook range
  • Windows laptop
  • Chromebook laptop

DSG Senior Grade 11 & Grade 12

A personal tablet or laptop is NOT a requirement in 2019, but students are welcome to bring their own device.

* WHERE CAN I FIND THE AIR 2 FOR SALE?

The iPad Air 2 (generation 4) model is no longer for sale, but if your family already has one, this will be good enough.
If you are buying a new iPad, the equivalent base model is iPad (generation 5) 32GB with WiFi.
Any iPad with specifications greater than the minimum is acceptable.

* SHOULD WE BUY WiFi ONLY, OR WiFi + 3G?

The minimum requirement is WiFi only. The school provides access to WiFi in all the learning spaces and boarding spaces on campus. DSG Junior does not allow the use of 3G cards on campus.

There are pros and cons to each option:

  • Adding a 3G data card to an iPad increases the price of the device, plus you would need to activate a data SIM card.
  • Having a 3G card offers the FindMyDevice option if the device is stolen and taken off campus.
  • When a student uses their 3G data they bypass the school’s firewall protections, and parents should consider configuring further controls on the iPad to restrict access. When using the school’s WiFi these protections are in place.