Welcome to eLearning @ MCC

Network access for all students at Mackay Christian College is a priority, providing a valuable educational resource.  All students from Year 5-12 are required to use a full sized iPad as the Electronic Learning Device at the College.  The use of cloud technology allows students to supplement the iPad with other devices while at home, if preferred. The iPad’s light weight and compact design, ease of use and long battery life make it an ideal tool for use in teaching and learning. 

Will my child need an iPad?

Yes! In 2017 parents of students in Year 5 to 12 will provide an iPad for their students as standard school equipment.  Students in Year 2 to 4 will have access to mobile sets of e-Devices.  Sets of iPads are available for student use in Prep and Year 1.  Subjects with specialist ICT requirements will have access to labs designed to address the specific learning requirements.
Notebooks that were used as part of our One to One Notebook program are no longer under warranty and therefore not supported by the College.
For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions section.

iPads as Standard School Equipment

iPad Specifications

The minimum recommended requirements of an iPad to ensure compatibility, performance and reliability for use at MCC are:

  • Your iPad should be a full sized (9.7″, 10.5″ or 12.9″) iPad Air 2 32GB or more storage (ie. it MUST NOT be older than 3 years or an iPad mini).
  • Parents can decide whether to supply a 32, 64 or 128 GB iPad.  The recommended device for 2018 is the iPad (5th Generation) 32GB WiFi (See special JB Hi-Fi online offer below).  Apple has ceased production of the iPad Air 2 as of June 2016. Alternatively the iPad Pro in either size as a WiFi model is  also an option that is slightly faster, but more expensive.
  • We strongly recommend a WiFi only model to ensure that internet traffic at the College, passes through our internet filtering system. This will also reduce the cost of the device.
  • We strongly recommend purchasing AppleCare+ with the device. This provides 2 years of phone support from Apple rather than 30 days, an additional year warranty giving 2 years warranty and cover for a couple of accidental damage claims over the 2 years (claim excess currently less than $100).
  • We strongly recommend a robust case to help minimise potential damage. The Griffin Survivor Case or Otterbox Defender have been found to be highly effective at reducing damage to iPads at MCC and other schools using iPads.

It is probable that your child’s iPad will need to be replaced after 2 – 3 school years.

Where can you purchase your iPad?

iPads are available from a variety of stores in Mackay and Online.
What makes one store different from another – is it just the price or is after sales service needed?

With iPads, the College is not able to assist with Hardware faults, warranty claims or repairs, or loan units.  However, the College’s IT Department will endeavour to assist students with iPad software configuration problems where possible.

As part of your purchasing decision, you may like to consider if you want after sales support in Mackay. Apple’s standard support is for the customer to ring a support number, then to send Apple the unit for repair (estimate of turnaround time is 2-3 weeks).  Check if the store you buy from has the ability to repair or replace the unit in Mackay.  Also ask if they do free training on the use of the iPad.

Several stores in Mackay stock iPads.  Suggested retailers are:

  • Apple Premium Resellers in Mackay (Specialists in Apple Sales and Service)
  • Matilda Internet
  • Department stores such as Big W, Target, Myer, Harvey Norman, and The Good Guys.

Online Store options include:

JB Hi-Fi Solutions – Login using code mackay2019 (Payment Plan Available)

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Extra Purchases

Parents will be asked to purchase the following items. (The cost listed in the brackets has been provided as a guide and for purchase of Apps, we recommend starting with a $50 iTunes gift card).

Apps required on all student iPads:

  • Microsoft Word for iPad (Microsoft Office 365 is free for students attending Mackay Christian College)
  • Microsoft Excel for iPad (Microsoft Office 365 is free for students attending Mackay Christian College)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad (Microsoft Office 365 is free for students attending Mackay Christian College
  • OneDrive – Cloud storage for files (Microsoft Office 365 is free for students attending Mackay Christian College)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader – PDF Reader (Free)

Parents may also like to provide their child with a keyboard and/or a stylus. These items are not required, but some students may find them useful. Adapters are also available to connect an external computer screen to an iPad.

Purchase of Apps

Some apps are free and others have a price but generally speaking they are not too expensive. When logging into the Microsoft Apps, please use your student@mccmky.qld.edu.au email address as this gives you a free Office 365 licence while you are studying at MCC. To purchase iPad apps, you must set up an account in iTunes. We recommend setting up Apple family Sharing to control what apps the child buys and how much they can spend. An alternate way to control the expense is crediting the iTunes account using an iTunes gift card which allows you to easily keep a track of how much your child is spending. You can also use a Credit Card in iTunes and manage ongoing costs with Parental Controls in the iPad settings.  For a full list of Essential Apps for Everyone and Extra Year Level Specific Essential Apps that your child will need to install before the start of the school year please visit the Apps section at the bottom of this page.

 Do I need to purchase an extended warranty?

We strongly recommend purchasing an extended warranty of an additional year with accidental damage cover (claim excess currently less than $100) from Apple called AppleCare+ for your child’s iPad.  The AppleCare+ Protection Plan includes two years of telephone support.

 Setting up your iPad

Before getting to school, if you have an internet connection, you can setup the iPad with the apps needed as set out below.  If you open this webpage on the iPad, you can click on the icons for the Apps and it will take you straight to them for download. The child’s email account and the College Wireless will be setup once at school.




Students will be responsible for ensuring that:

  • they use the e-device in accordance with College policies & procedures including the Standards of Conduct and our CLEAR Technology expectations – see the Network User Agreement
  • they have their e-device with them in class
  • there is always space on the e-device for the storage of school-related files
  • the e-device is charged
  • the e-device has the required Apps installed and texts available
  • damage is promptly reported to parents or carers for remedy

Students are permitted to place music, videos, Apps etc on their e-device with the expectation that:

  • content inappropriate for College use is not accessed or shown to others while at the College
  • sufficient storage space is left on the e-device for school work files

Students who fail to meet their responsibilities in regard to their e-device will be dealt with via the College’s Behaviour Management Processes. Students may be instructed to delete Apps if used inappropriately while at the College and the e-device may be confiscated in the interim. The College has lockers available for students to store their books and equipment.  Electronic Learning tools are under teacher supervision from 8.30 am until 3 pm.

When the iPad is not on campus, parents/carers will be responsible for supporting their children in the device’s use and care. We strongly recommend purchasing a robust case for your child’s iPad. The Griffin Survivor Case and Otterbox Defender have been found to be highly effective and have been recommended. These cases are available in Mackay from Matilda Internet in Gregory Street Mackay.

Because iPads are being used by young people, the risk of accidental damage occurring is a real factor to be considered and expected.  The College accepts NO responsibility for damage caused to student-owned iPads.  We highly recommend that you try to insure your child’s iPad for accidental damage. AppleCare+ for iPads (ie. warranty) is a two year warranty and accidental damage cover that includes two years of telephone support.

AppleCare Protection Plan for iPads (ie. warranty) is a second year warranty that includes two years of telephone support.

Under CLEAR Technology, staff at Mackay Christian College will continue to support students in their development of responsible behaviour and actions when using technology at the College.

Parent Information

Advice & Suggestions for Parents:

  • iPads are a tool to facilitate learning – that is its main purpose
  • If you buy your iPad from an Apple Premium Reseller, such as Matilda Internet, ask about free parent training offered on how to use an iPad
  • Students can use their iPad for other purposes but these must be appropriate to the context – school or home – and subject to permission
  • We support parent decisions about the setting of boundaries at home as long as school work can be completed

Students do not need games and entertainment apps on their iPads for school. Whether parents allow games and entertainment apps on their child’s iPad is a family decision.

Tips for Supervising iPad Use:

Set Boundaries

  • Students don’t need to use the iPad all the time at home
  • Teenage children need their sleep, so we strongly suggest that the iPad is NOT TAKEN TO BED. For younger children, it is best that iPads don’t go into their bedrooms
  • If you are experiencing problems, we recommend that you specify:
    1. Where in the house the iPad can be used
    2. Where the iPad is to be stored when not in use (this can be the location for charging)
  • Whether children are allowed to install games and entertainment apps on their iPad is a family decision.  At the College, students who use the iPad inappropriately while at school will be dealt with via the College’s Behaviour Management Processes. Students may be asked to delete content that is inappropriate for viewing at the College and the iPad may be confiscated in the interim.

Share the Experience

  • Ask your children to demonstrate the way they use their iPad at school
  • Ask your children to teach you how to use the iPad
  • Have a play with the iPad and the Apps

View Music, Videos & Apps

  • Have a look at what your child is viewing, listening to or playing via:
    Music – click on the Music App to view the Music library
    Videos – click on the Videos App to view the Video library
    Apps – you can scroll with your finger through the iPad desktop pages to view the Apps

Removing Distractions

Parental Controls

  • Parental controls are available on the iPad (see the next tab), if parents choose to use them.
  • Please be careful with this feature – Parental controls may block iPad features that will be needed at school.  Please consult our page on iOS Parental Controls (available on the next tab) for clarification.
  • If you forget the passcode, the device will need to be wiped and reset to factory settings through the Apple phone support team.

OpenDNS (A filtering service)

  • OpenDNS provides parents a way to secure their internet connection and prevent access to restricted web sites. The advantage for parents is that this can be applied to ALL devices in the home.
  • More information and set-up can be found by clicking here.

iOS 10 Parental Controls:

Restriction Options

As a Parent/Guardian you can set restrictions for some apps and monitor purchase of content. For example, parents can restrict explicit music from being seen on playlists, or prevent the installation of certain apps.

To turn on restrictions: Go to Settings > General > Restrictions, then tap Enable Restrictions. You will be asked to define a restrictions passcode that will be required to change the settings in the future.

This is distinct from the passcode for unlocking your iPad.

Important: If you forget your restrictions passcode, you must wipe and restore the iPad to recover from this.

For more information please see this printable iOS 10 Parent Controls

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my child need an iPad?
Why an iPad?
What are Apps?
What is an iTunes Account?
Is Wireless Internet necessary at home?
Is there a way to control access to the Internet, when Internet access is Wireless on the iPad?
What Internet Plan is necessary for students to do school work?
What advice is there about staying safe online?
What are eBooks?
Is the iPad the only device used at MCC?
How are files transferred to and from an iPad?
Can documents be printed from an iPad?
Is an iPad compatible with Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint?
Can documents be saved to an iPad?
Can an iPad have an external keyboard?
Will the iPad work with a PC and not just a Mac?
Should data on an iPad be backed up?
What happens if my child's personal electronic device is confiscated?

Essential Apps for Everyone

All students in Year 5 to 12 will need to install on their iPad all of the following Essential Apps for Everyone pictured below. Please scroll through the complete list. Students also need to install the Extra Year Level Specific Essential Apps that are listed below.

Our College now uses Office 365 (Microsoft).  When you log into Microsoft Apps, including OneDrive, use your student @mccmky.qld.edu.au email address. The MCC student email gives you access to a free Office365 licence while you are studying at MCC.

Therefore our Network no longer supports the use of applications such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

You can click on the icons in these lists and it should take you to iTunes where you can purchase and install the Apps.

Extra Essential Apps

Students will need to download their Extra Year Level Specific Essential Apps as listed below.  Students will also need to download the Essential Apps for Everyone pictured above.

We would like to acknowledge Redlands College for their willingness to share what they have learned.  We thank them for permission to reproduce some of their ideas and experiences on this website.