Learning Technologies

St Patrick's College has a strong tradition of supporting learning with modern Information Communication Learning Technologies (ICLTs) in order to prepare students for 21st century living and learning.

Our vision for learning is one where each student learns to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, practices and values necessary to be engaged, contributing members of contemporary society

Our research has indicated that classroom environments supporting a student-centred model of mobile technologies that are managed and customised by the students themselves will best meet our student’s needs. This focus moves away from a one-size-fits-all approach and aligns with trends that where mobile Internet connected digital technologies are a part of our everyday living and learning environments. To this end, St Patrick’s College has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program where students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are asked to bring an Apple iPad as standard school equipment. The BYOD program continues into the senior school with students in Years 10, 11 and 12 


How does the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program work?

Middle school (Year 7 - 9) iPad Program 2017

Families of students in Years 7 to 9 (our middle school) are asked to provide a full-sized Apple iPad Air (at least 32 GB) and protective case for use at school and at home. Students can bring the iPad to school on the first day; however, the 2015 Year 7 iPad on-boarding session will be on Friday 3rd February.

Apple ID: https://support.apple.com/en-au/apple-id

All students must have access to an Apple ID. Without access to the Apple ID, students will be unable to download Apps and textbooks that we deploy through our mobile device manager. An Apple ID is the login used for just about everything to do with Apple, including using iCloud to store your content, downloading apps from the App Store, and buying songs, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes Store. Note that Children under the age of 13 cannot create an Apple ID on their own. Parents can create Apple IDs for children under 13 or the College can use Apple School Manager to create an ID. If your daughter does not have an Apple ID, please contact the College before the start of school. Girls must have a working Apple ID in time for the start of the school year. 

Senior school (Year 10 - 12) BYOD Program 2017

Students in the Senior School (Years 10 – 12) are able to bring a suitable device of their choice. This can be a tablet or a laptop computer. Students can bring either Mac or Windows-compatible devices. Chromebooks are not recommended (contact the College if you are considering a Chromebook).

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 (business_manager@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au).

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.

Student Expectations

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:

  1. 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 code@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au email address.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 code@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au email. It is highly recommended that Microsoft apps are installed prior to the start of the school year.
  4.  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.
  5. 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 code@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au 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 (elearning@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au).