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Technology for the Modern Learner

St Stanislaus’ College provides tools and resources to empower the 21st Century learner. Excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. Increasing access to technology is essential for the future and one of the learning tools of these 21st Century students is access to modern technology. The individual use of technology is a way to empower students to maximise their academic and creative potential and to prepare them for the workplace.

Learning results from continuous dynamic interaction among students, educators, parents and the extended community. Technology immersion transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning, empowering your child to learn in the way that suits them. Effective teaching and learning with technology supports and enhances the curriculum.

At Stannies, each student is to have their own device for use at school and home, enabling communication and collaboration among peers and teachers. Device requirements for each year group can be found in the Stannies Technology Program Information Handbook. Students also have around the clock access to educational resources and support material to extend student learning.

Students and teachers have access to a range of tools that assist in making learning richer, more engaging and collaborative. Stannies has extended the learning environment from the physical constraints of the classroom to give our students the capability to collaborate, share information and experiences, work across disciplines and take control of their learning.

Technology Resources

St Stanislaus’ College is well equipped to support the learning needs of students. The Library is equipped with a bank of desktop computers with the software required for learning. Information about access times to these facilities can be obtained from Library staff.

Student Services

The Stannies IT Services team are available to assist students with their mobile technology needs. Students may visit IT Services before school, recess, lunch, or after school where they can receive assistance for internet access issues, WIFI issues and support for school-based Apps. Please be aware that the College is in no way responsible for the security, performance or maintenance of student BYO technology. All the required information about student technology can be found in the Stannies Technology Program Information Handbook and Stannies Technology Program Student BYOD Requirements.

BYODD Chromebook Portal (Year 7)

The school has opted into a Portal arranged by Learning With Technology (LWT). This site is accessible at http://stannies.orderportal.com.au/

The devices available via the portal will be sufficient for your son’s educational needs. The device has been designed and constructed to military grade specifications, so will be durable enough for most classroom situations.

FAQs

Can the Chromebook open Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint?

Google Chrome can be used to access and edit Microsoft Office documents online. The Google apps suite can edit and save these types of documents. There are minor limitations with heavily formatted documents and presentations but with a new device comes a new way of working and students will learn the best way to work across both Windows and Chrome OS platforms. It is the well-designed compatibility, across multiple platforms function that the Chromebook does so well.

Do I need wireless internet at home?

As modern mobile devices are most effective when connected to the internet, it is recommended they operate within a wireless internet environment when at home. However, you do not necessarily require wireless internet at home – we understand the difficulty with wireless connections. G Suite applications can update information once re-connected to the internet after working offline. Your son’s device will automatically re-connect to the school’s internet when he is in the working environment.

What apps should I purchase and download for school?

The Chromebook comes with access to all of the Google Suite Apps. From time to time, teachers may ask students to download an Add-On or extension or software. The cost associated with these apps will be purchased through the school.

Do I need to buy a protective case for my son’s mobile device?

Yes, a protective case for your son’s device will be needed. Purchases through the BYODD Portal can bundle a protective case into the cost.

I am thinking of buying a mobile device for my child. Which model should I purchase so it is compatible with school?

The St Stanislaus BYODD (Bring Your Own Designated Device) Portal will have multiple Chromebook models to choose from – Chromebooks are the recommended device at St Stanislaus. If your son is in Year 10, 11, or 12 he may bring his own device providing it complies with the Stannies Technology Program Student BYOD Requirements.

How often will the mobile device be used during class time? What will it be used for?

We as a school will place a major emphasis on students using technology to assist and drive their learning. However, we also understand that outside of an educational setting, skills are still required and relied upon to complete everyday tasks. Staff planning their teaching and learning programs will certainly take this into consideration. Although students have a device in place for ‘anytime, anywhere learning’, it does not necessarily mean they will use their device all day, every day.

I’m not sure what device to purchase. What does the College recommend?

St Stanislaus utilises the Google Apps suite and as such, the Chromebook fits neatly into the current school network and system. The Chromebooks have proven to be more reliable and easier to use than other cheaper tablets or laptops on the market and are durable which is important within a school setting. In terms of online safety, the use of the Chromebook limits the availability of social media applications, thus reducing student risk and distraction from learning. The Chromebook is a device that can be entirely devoted to learning activities.