St Edmund’s College aims to provide students with an education that is inclusive, creative and challenging and recognises the significant role that technology can play in enhancing the teaching and learning process.
The College is committed to ensuring our students develop 21st century skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to shape their futures in a rapidly changing world. All students are expected to make efficient and effective use of ICT by using technology in positive and constructive ways to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively. To help our students make the right decisions when using technology at school, the College has an ICT Agreement that includes clear guidelines for the responsible and appropriate use of ICT.
The College has a Bring Your Own Device program for students in Years 7-12 to help motivate and empower our students to become responsible digital citizens and self-directed learners. Click here to read about the program.
The device must meet specific requirements in order to ensure that it is compatible with the College’s wireless infrastructure. The College makes recommendations as to the model of device students may choose to bring and these are available for order through the College Uniform shop. Families may elect to choose a different device because their son already has one, or they want something that is not available through the shop. This is fine, provided it meets the required specifications. There is also some required software, but this can be downloaded for free. Students are eligble to download Office 2013 as part of the College's Microsoft agreement. Click here for information on Office 365 and how to install Office 2013.
Why is the College moving to a Bring Your Own Device program?
The decision to introduce a BYOD program is founded in the recognition that technological devices are integral to our students’ lives and that these devices have enormous potential to motivate and engage boys to become self-directed learners. The College recognises the significant impact that technology can have on enhancing the teaching and learning process and is committed to providing our students with opportunities to develop the necessary 21st century skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to shape their futures in a rapidly changing world.
What do I do if I can't afford a new laptop for my son?
St Edmund’s recognises that the costs of purchasing a device can impose financial strain on families. The fact that families are not restricted to purchasing specific devices but have the choice to purchase or lease a device suitable for their son that is within their means, will help to address this in many circumstances.
What types of activities will my son be using his device for in class?
Students will use their devices in the classroom to complete a range of tasks. These may include some of the following:
Will my son be able to print from his device?
Yes. The College is investing in new printing infrastructure to ensure that students with their own devices are able to print.
What is the College doing to ensure my son's device will be secure?
It is the student’s responsibility to secure and care for his device at all times. The College provides students with lockers and in 2017 all students will be provided with a school padlock. Students should make certain that their device is inside its protective case when it is being transported to and from school.
What is the College doing to support this initiative?
St Edmund's has made significant investments into its infrastructure to ensure that students have access to a fast and reliable wireless network. The College is also investing time and resources into its teaching staff to help them effectively integrate ICT into the curriculum.
I have a son in Year 7, can he bring his own device?
Yes. Although the BYOD program won't be introduced to Year 7 students until 2017, the College recognises that many students may already be using devices to support their learning.
What happens if my son's device is lost, stolen or damaged?
The College takes no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage to any electronic device a student brings to school. Breakages and repairs are the financial responsibility of the device owner. St Edmund’s College recommends families investigate and purchase insurance for their son’s device and that they are familiar with the support model offered from the vendor. In the instance where a device is damaged by another student or it is believed to have been stolen, the College will investigate the situation in the context of its behaviour management policies and procedures and deal with it as outlined in the ICT Agreement and Pastoral Handbook.
I have a son in Year 12, do we really need to buy a device when he will only use it for a year?
Yes, all Year 12 students will require a device. Teachers will be making extensive use of technology in the classroom and this will impact on a student's studies if he does not have access to a device. The Purchasing Portal includes devices that range significantly in price and they also offer leasing options.
Can the device be charged at the College?
Students will not be permitted to charge their devices at the College. Most learning spaces at the College do not have the capacity to charge devices. Chargers also present a trip hazard when in use.
St Edmund’s College has adopted a new learning management system called Canvas. Canvas is a web-based system that not only supports the teaching and learning process but transforms it. Canvas is a versatile platform that includes powerful tools to create engaging, collaborative and relevant resources for students. Students can access Canvas through a school or home computer. They can also download the App and access Canvas from their mobile devices. Parents are able to log into the system to track their son's progress and to keep abreast of upcoming assessment tasks. Please contact Margaret Maher for more information about Canvas.