Information Technology Program
The main advantage of BYODD is for teachers, parents and students can be assured that they are equipped with technology that has the capability, performance and reliability that matches the high standards at Trinity Anglican College. Unfamiliar software, unfamiliar hardware, and unfamiliar workflows are real barriers to student performance. The BYODD program will not only provide students with access to expanded global resources and content, but will also give students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and facilitate creative problem solving.
Digital technology use has undeniably become a cornerstone of teaching and learning in the 21st Century, and we are utilising Information and Communication Technology (ICT) more than any preceding generation.
An overwhelming amount of research has shown that there are major benefits to students having 1:1 computer access available to them. As our society becomes increasingly reliant on digital technology, it is important that students develop their digital literacy skills both in and out of school. The Trinity Anglican College BYODD initiative promotes engaging and innovative learning opportunities, developing vital 21st Century skills for learning progression.
Communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity are the main skills students need to develop to prepare them for a changing digital climate, at school and for their future. Through technology use in the classroom, our teachers are increasing opportunities for all of our students, providing a high level of individualised, quality education.
Laptop System Recommendations:
- Intel i5 quad-core processor
- Windows 10 / Mac OSX Mojave
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB Solid State Drive
- Wireless Connectivity: 5GHz 802.11 AC
- Minimum Battery life of 6 hours
- 3 year warranty
Note: If your BYODD only has USB Type-C ports, you will need to bring an appropriate adapter for use with USB thumb drives and other accessories.
Students must have full administrative access to the device so that they can install programs and change settings.
Trinity Anglican College recommends students use Google Chrome as it has the best compatibility with our learning applications.
Software Provided by Trinity Anglican College
Trinity Anglican College will provide licenses for the following software suites:
- Office 365 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Onenote)
- Acrobat Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator and others as required)
- Fusion 360
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Information Technology Program Questions and Answers
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Q: Why BYODD?
A: The College anticipates the BYODD program will not only provide students with access to expanded global resources and content, but will also give students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and approach to creative problem solving. BYODD allows teachers to utilise technology knowing that all students will have access to a similar device (laptop) with similar capabilities. BYODD also provides you with the opportunity to select the hardware platform and software that you want your child to use.
Q: Why SEQTA LMS?
A: SEQTA is a cloud-based learning management system. It provides the platform from which teachers, parents and students can communicate and share resources using the BYODD devices. The College anticipates that SEQTA will provide students and parents with real-time access to assignments, homework, resources, marks and teacher feedback through the adoption of this LMS. SEQTA is accessible from any device with a web browser.
Q: Which type of device should I buy?
A: There are two options for device types the school is prescribing for the program; a Windows-based Laptop or an Apple MacBook (Refer to minimum specifications stated above).
Q: Can my child use a tablet or iPod?
These will not be acceptable as student devices under this program.
Q: Should I buy insurance?
A: : It is highly recommended that a students BYODD device be covered by an appropriate insurance policy, which includes Accidental Damage protection. The College will not be held liable for damage. The security of the device rests with the individual owner. Trinity Anglican College takes no responsibility for stolen, lost or damaged devices. The College’s insurance policies will not cover student devices under this program. While College employees will help students to identify how to keep personal devices secure, students will have the final responsibility for securing their personal devices. Please check with your homeowner’s policy regarding coverage of personal electronic devices, as many insurance policies can cover loss or damage.
Q: I have an old laptop at home; can I give this to my child to use?
A: Refer to minimum specifications stated above. Devices over three years old will probably not be suitable.
Q: My children all share a laptop; will this do for the BYODD program?
A: Ownership of the device is important and students need ‘24/7/365’ access to their technology. For this reason, it is essential that students have their own individual device.
Q: Who owns the device?
A: The school does not own the device in any way. It remains the property of you and your child at all times.
Q: Will the school provide Wi-Fi?
A: Yes. Whilst the school is open, students will be able to connect to the internet through the College Wi-Fi service when on College premises.
Q: Will there be web-filtering?
A: When students are on school premises and connected to the internet through the school’s Wi-Fi network, web-filtering will be engaged. Inappropriate websites detected to contain age-restricted material, potentially harmful material or illegal content will not be accessible. In addition, Social Media will be blocked whilst on site. The College reseres the rightto evaluate
Q: Will my child be able to use 3G/4G connections instead of the school Wi-Fi network?
A: Students are only permitted to connect to the Colleges Wi-Fi. Accessing Cellular(3G/4G/5G) networks is not permitted by students unless instructed by a teacher.
Teaching and Learning
Q: How will the devices be used in class?
A: The over-arching objective for the program is to give students access to a learning tool, which provides students with the opportunity to collaborate, communicate and research on a global level in real time. Currently our teachers deliver various teaching styles which range from setting specific online tasks to giving open-ended tasks where students are expected to find the solution however they can. With the introduction of our Trinity Anglican College Information Technology program this will become more fluid and prevalent.
Q: What effect will the program have on textbooks and exercise books?
A: The College will support the use of e-Books across various subjects. The benefit of using an eBook, in addition to the reduction in weight, including the ability to search and enlarge content easily, show links to additional content, interactivity, portability and can be safely transported between school and home. Also, many students may wish to use their device in lieu of exercise books in many lessons – again, this will remain entirely up to students to decide upon but is fully supported by the College. Some subjects may require students to have hard-copy text and exercise books which will be notified via the book list.
Q: What are the requirements if my child studies specialist subjects?
Students studying a subject in Technological and Applied Studies or Visual Arts, will have access to specialist software in the computer lab or on College owned laptops. Where possible, specialist software will also be made available to students in these subjects to support project work. If there are any concerns, please contact the Head of Department or class teacher for course specific requirements.
Day to Day Use and Support
Q: What do we do about printing?
A: Students will be provided with access to photocopier/printers throughout the College.
Q: Will there be means of charging the device at school?
A: Personal devices must be fully charged before school each day and run on battery power while at school. Due to Work Health and Safety issues, charging of devices cannot be provided by the College. We strongly recommend you purchase a device which has a substantial battery life so that it lasts the full school day.
Q: What happens if my child’s device malfunctions or is broken?
A: The College IT staff will provide technical support related to the connection to the College wireless network and Internet as well as printing. For software issues, we recommend using the ‘help’ menu or support feature of the website for the software itself. For hardware issues, you will need to contact a computer Technical Support service or the company where you bought the device. Unfortunately, the College IT staff cannot attempt to repair personal devices, as this will invalidate warranties and insurance policies. The device is owned by you, not the College. As a consequence, the responsibility of the maintenance and updating of apps is the responsibility of students and parents. The College IT department can offer advice and guidance regarding this.
Q: Will the school provide spare devices while my device is being repaired?
A: College laptops are available for students should their device be unavailable due to repairs. These devices will be clearly labelled as College property and the loan time will be restricted to a maximum of two weeks. There will be no charge for this loan.
Q: Where is the device stored each day?
A: The student device is to be stored in the student locker when not being used in class. The locker should remain locked with appropriate padlock at all times, and the device should not remain on College grounds after the conclusion of the school day.
While developing skills in the classroom, students will become familiar with a variety of troubleshooting skills. There are a number of issues that students will face in general that require some immediate resolution. Our goal is to have students who know their own device and can be mostly self-sufficient. Students can bring their device to the IT Support office for initial diagnosis in the event of malfunction. If the problem can be easily fixed within 15 minutes then the IT Support staff will do so. Issues that cannot be easily resolved by the IT Support staff, and all repairs, will be the responsibility of the student/family to arrange appropriate repair or replacement of the device. All students should have Accidental Damage & Theft Protection Insurance which can be purchased through our purchasing portal (see http://tac-byodd-info.trinityac.nsw.edu.au/#purchasing). Please check with your homeowner’s policy regarding coverage of personal electronic devices, as many insurance policies can cover loss or damage. There will be loan devices for short-term loans (up to two weeks) to cover times without a device whilst being repaired.