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 contemporary living and learning. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program will support students in their development of ICT capabilities, as well as meeting curriculum requirements in mandatory and elective subjects. 


BYOD Program

Bring your own device (BYOD) means that students bring to school a personally owned or family owned device to support their learning. Equity and access are essential for the success of any BYOD program. To this end, St Patrick’s College has developed a BYOD Equity Policy that provides a framework to guide the BYOD program’s implementation.

Minimum specifications – BYOD Requirements

St Patrick’s College Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program requires families to provide a laptop computer for use at school and at home. This program enables access to College-provided ICT resources including the Wi-Fi network, electronic texts, subscriptions to a range of eLearning materials, printing facilities and software licensing. The BYOD Minimum Specification Advice document is designed to guide families in the purchase of a suitable device.

Transition from iPads to Laptops

From 2021, students entering Year 7 are required to bring a laptop to the College. iPads will be phased out and will no longer meet the minimum requirements for the BYOD program.
Transition
In 2020 and beyond, no families are required to purchase another device if a suitable device is in current use. The transition to a fully laptop school will take several years.
  • - 2020 – Years 7 to 12 students who are using iPads may continue to bring an iPad as a BYO device. BYO iPads will continue to be supported until the device reaches its end-of-life.
  • - 2020 – Years 7 to 12 students who have not yet purchased a device, or who are considering upgrading to a new device, are advised to purchase a laptop computer that meets the minimum BYOD specifications.

 

Purchasing a device

Parents are able to purchase devices from anywhere and there are a range of devices available that meet our minimum specification. Together with the College Technology team, JB Hi-Fi have created a purchasing portal. Access the JB Hi-Fi Education portal here - https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod and use the school code: SPCBYOD19.

Loan Devices

To ensure access to digital technologies and equity for all students, the College has established procedures for families to apply for assistance in obtaining access to a device.

Day Loans
To ensure access to digital technologies and equity for all students, the College has established procedures for families to apply for assistance in obtaining access to a device that meets the;minimum BYOD specifications.

BYOD Day Loan Request Form (SPC students only)

  1. Students complete the online Day Loan Request form.
  2. Go to the library between 8.00 am and 8.20 am
  3. Pick up laptop
  4. Return the laptop at 3:08pm (after the final bell)

Week Loans
For BYO devices that may be under repair, the College has established an extended loan process (one week) that can be used by parents or carers to apply for student access to a loan laptop.

BYOD Weeklong Loan Request(Parents / Carers to complete)

  1. Students complete the online Day Loan Request form.
  2. Go to the library between 8.00 am and 8.20 am
  3. Pick up laptop
  4. Return the laptop at 3:08pm (after the final bell)

Extended loans
To ensure access to digital technologies and equity for all students, the College has established procedures for families to apply for assistance in obtaining access to a device. If parents / caregivers believe they are unable to provide a device that meets the Minimum Device Specification for an extended period, they need to complete the following steps:

  1. Make an application in writing to the Business Manager or make an appointment to speak with the Business Manager indicating that assistance is needed in meeting the requirements of the Bring Your Own Device program.
  2. Liaise with the College to identify the most appropriate way to provision access to digital resources.
  3. Enter into a written agreement between the school, student and parent/carer that confirms alternative arrangements made for access to digital resources.

Applications to the Business Manager are initiated by parents or carers completing the following online form:Request an Extended Loan


How are personal devices used?

Digital technologies are used in class as a component of a complete learning program. They are used at the teacher’s discretion and their use is guided by teachers during class.

Will my daughter still need books?

Yes. BYO devices will become an integral part of students learning; however, printed materials, textbooks 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 whilst at school will be

What about software and Apps?

Families are responsible for the purchase and installation of their own software, however, the College will assist with the following:

Google Suite – 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.

Microsoft Apps - The College’s Microsoft Licensing Agreement extends to student owned devices. Students can download and install Office 365 via the Office Portal. Students must sign into the portal with their IDcode@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au user account.

Adobe Suite - The College’s Adobe Creative Cloud suite licensing can be extended to student devices. Students request access to this suite through the College online Help Desk.

The College provides several learning portals. The Canvas Learning Management system supports access to learning materials, assessment task resources, and online interactions with teachers. Sentral Student Portal provides access to important documents, the College welfare system and academic reports. SPC Connect links to the College Daily notices, room changes, and provides a jump page to online services. The Library microsite links to a range of information services including Destiny Discover (catalogue), online books, scholarly databases, Britannica School Online, Study Skills Handbook, ClickView online videos and much more.

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