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I.T Acceptable Use Programme

Introduction
All students are able to access the SBC wifi network once they have read, signed and returned the I.T. Acceptable Use Policy to Mr Pithie. These can be left at the school office.
From 2016 all Year 9 students are required to bring a device which meets the recommended specifications.

Parents should look for laptop deals that meet the requirements set out in “The Device” in the paragraph below.

Though smartphones/ipod touch devices will be allowed on the network, they continue to be under the school policy on cellphones where they are not to be used within class, they have their uses, however typing up an essay or an activity on these devices is not advised.

We will allow students a maximum of two devices to be connected to the St Bede’s BYOD wifi.
St Bede’s College already makes use of a number of eLearning tools, each student has access to their own email account, online storage, and calendar through google apps. Access to course material through Bedenet, a Learning Management System using Moodle. Video on demand services through etv.org.nz and clickview. Students are able to access their timetable, weekly notes and other details through a student portal. Students are able to print from their devices through an online print service. The only limitation is that students will not be able to access their documents on the network, this is to protect the school systems from viruses and being a storage repository of non-school related material. Students are able to use cloud storage within the Google Apps environment as well as dropbox to store their documents.

We are currently working with our textbook suppliers in making available a number of textbooks online through the schools Learning Management System, currently Year 9, 10 and 11 Mathematics textbooks and homework books are available, as well as Year 9, 10, 11, Chemistry Level 2 and 3 as well as Physics Level 2 and 3.

To enable our Vision of “To be the trusted lead provider of quality Catholic Boys’ education for secondary school families” and the following goals:
• To embrace e-learning, through personalised learning opportunities that are flexible and authentic and meet each student’s aspirations and educational needs.
• To provide increased access to ICT for students, staff and parents for the purpose of improving learning outcomes for the boys.
• Creating an environment that enhances and improves student and teacher excellence, through integrating new technologies into the wide range of opportunities students are offered to enable them to participate in a global world.

E-learning and pedagogy
Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young people live. Similarly, e-learning (that is, learning supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches outlined in the above section.
For instance, e-learning may:
• assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time
• facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom
• assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences
• enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them

Link to the complete review

The Device
Students will need a device that is suitable for typing and editing documents and accessing and using internet resources and tools. Specifications of suitable devices for these classes:
• A netbook/notebook would be preferred over an iPad/tablet device
• Although smartphones/touch/mobile devices will assist with the learning, they are not our focus
• Wireless capable – preferably 802.11n Wi-Fi standard as this gives the right speed and future proofing
• Long battery life (ie netbook, laptop or Tablet PC). Laptops/notebooks often will not last through a full school day, these devices should be charged prior to coming to school.
• A screen large (10”+) enough to work with documents in order to create and edit content.

Other considerations:
• Weight – this will need to be carried around school with other school books
• Robustness – sturdy enough for school use
• Warranty – students using the device regularly will want faults fixed quickly, the school will not provide a technical support service.
• Insurance – make sure you are covered for replacement if lost or stolen, the school insurance does not cover personal property.