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: spcbyod2017.
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 Gooch (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Apple iPads will come with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie and GarageBand. It is important that these apps have been
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 email@example.com
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
App can be installed. Search for SaintPatricks (one word) and then sign in
with an firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2017 to the Leader of eLearning and Library Services (email@example.com).