Where are devices purchased from?
To further assist students, the College has worked with JB Hi-Fi implementing a JB Education BYOD Portal. Access the JB Hi-Fi portal
here - https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod and use the school code: spcbyod2018.
Please note that families are to make their own decisions regarding the purchase of a device. The JB Hi-Fi portal can be used to purchase a
device online, or as a guide for types of devices and suitable specifications. Other options for iPad purchase include the Apple online store,
Harvey Norman and Big W. Another alternative is Alpha IT Solutions – a local business in
Smeaton Grange. Alpha IT is an Apple Authorised Reseller with a focus on education. Devices
can be ordered online. Garth and his team are happy to help any families with questions regarding devices or with technical support.
Families who need support in meeting the BYOD requirements are encouraged to contact the College and speak to the Business manager, Mrs Tessa
How are personal devices used?
Digital technologies, including personal devices such iPads and laptops, are used in class as a component of a complete learning program. They
are used at the teachers’ discretion and their use is guided by teachers during class.
Will my daughter still need books?
Yes. The iPad will become an integral part of students learning; however, printed materials, text-books and written work will be in use alongside
electronic materials. Some textbooks will be provided in an e-Book format; and others in traditional print format.
Using personal learning devices at the College is a privilege and students are expected to act responsibly and model the type of behaviour
that is expected of all students at St Patrick’s College. Further information is available in the Technology Acceptable Use policy available
from the Policies page.
What happens if the device is damaged or stolen?
Students are responsible for the upkeep and protection of their devices. Families are responsible for the costs of any repairs or replacement
of the device. The College will not assume any financial responsibility for the repairs or replacement of any device. Any reported loss
or damage to a device while at school will be investigated and dealt within the Colleges’ disciplinary procedures.
What about software and Apps?
Families are responsible for the purchase and installation of their own software and apps; however, the College will assist with the following:
- GSuite – The College has deployed G Suite for Education - a host of productivity tools such as Docs, Sheets and Slides. Additionally, Google Drive is
used to store and share documents and Gmail hosts the College’s email. These apps can
be downloaded and installed on tablets or accessed through Google Chrome on a laptop. An Apple ID is needed for iPad installs. Once installed, they are signed into using students' email@example.com email address.
- New Apple iPads will come with Pages, Numbers,
Keynote, iMovie and GarageBand. It is helpful if these apps are downloaded
and installed on iPads before starting school. Students will need their own Apple ID to complete this step. Some additional apps will
be provided through the College Volume licensing portal to students if required.
- Microsoft Apps. The College’s Microsoft Licensing Agreement extends to student owned devices. Students can download and
install Office Apps including OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote through the Office Portal.
Students must sign into the portal with their firstname.lastname@example.org email. It is highly recommended that Microsoft
apps are installed prior to the start of the school year.
- Adobe Suite. The College’s Adobe Creative Cloud suite licensing can be extended to student devices. Adobe offers
a wealth of free, iPad apps that are great for learning. These include Adobe Spark Page (for creating web pages), Adobe Spark Video, Adobe Illustrator Draw and Adobe Photoshop Sketch,
The full desktop version of Adobe Creative Cloud are also available for installation on laptop devices. This is useful for media and
design students; however any senior school student can request the suite (though the library) to be installed.
- Learning portal. The Canvas Learning Management system supports access to learning materials, assessment task resources
and online interactions with teachers. The iPad Canvas App can be installed. Search for SaintPatricks (one word) and then sign in with an email@example.com account. For
laptop users, Canvas is accessed through a browser - https://saintpatricks.instructure.com/.
I have some more questions, who can I ask?
Please feel free to forward any questions you may have regarding our College BYOD program to the Leader of eLearning and Library Services (