E-Learning Tool Program

 

St Elizabeth’s E-Learning Tool Program 2017

 
 

St Elizabeth’s E-Learning Tool Program 2017

Rationale

The St. Elizabeth’s E-Learning Tool Program for year 3-6 supports and enables our vision. It:

  • Enables personalisation of student learning through access to rich learning resources;

  • Best facilitates the development of knowledge and skills necessary for the living and working in the 21st century, including digital-age literacy, innovative and creative thinking, effective communication and high productivity;

  • Allows continuous access to educational materials allowing learning efficiency to happen anywhere, anytime;

  • Provides an engaging, interactive environment for learning; and,

  • Strengthens links between home and school, giving parents the opportunity to see, every day, what their child is learning at school.

 

At St. Elizabeth’s, students currently have access to a range of digital devices to support their learning.  The Chromebooks however, are the devices currently selected as the e-learning tool at St. Elizabeth’s. The advantages of using the Chromebook include:

  • Access knowledge and information through the plethora of content and creation apps (many of which are free) to support student learning.

  • Access to a wealth of information on the Internet when they need it through wireless connectivity.

  • Access to rich media including digital stories, image and video.

  • Increased productivity through quick loading of apps and quick response of the Chromebook.

  • The Chrome operating system is very reliable, ensuring maximum up-time.

  • Ability to personalise learning and provide work targeted at the correct level for students.

  • High student engagement both independently and collaboratively.

  • All apps used on the Chromebook are managed by the school.

  • Lower cost than other device.

  • Works with the GSuite of tools.



Concept Development

The St. Elizabeth’s E-Learning Tool program has come about from the contemporary learning approach that our school has committed to. Our School values the importance of being digitally connected with our community and we seek to offer our students the best possible learning experiences with digital devices. The school staff see the benefits of increased individual access to an E-Learning Tool, as having the potential of greater student engagement and learning outcomes.

E-Learning Tool Program FAQs

 

Q: How much of the day will the e-learning tools be used? Will the students still be using pencil and paper as well as handwriting?

A: The devices will be used as a learning tool within the classroom. This means that the device will not be used all day by students.

 

Q: What are the costs of the E-Learning Tool Program?

A: The Technology Levy in years 3-6 has increased to partially meet the cost of the device which is purchased by the school for your child to use. Families will also need to provide a protective case to transport the Chromebook between school and home safely.

 

Q: How does the school support my child to manage the device?

A: We have a comprehensive licence program that all students participate in.  Students will begin some of this learning in their Media and Digital Technologies classes this term and continue as they move into Year 3.

 

Q: When will the device be coming home?

A: When your child has successfully earned their licence and brings in a protective case, they will bring home the Chromebook and the charger.  Students will be responsible for charging the Chromebook at home each night.

 

Q: What happens if my child leaves the school before the end of  Year 6?

A: If your child leaves the school you may buy the Chromebook by paying the gap between what the school paid for the device and your Technology Levy between Years 3 and 6. However, we also have to charge GST on the Chromebook.  At the end of 4 years, the school writes off the Chromebook as it has ceased to be a usable device under ATO regulations.


Information for Students and their Parents on School Network Usage

 

What is responsible/appropriate use/behaviour by a student?

It is responsible for students to use school computers and network infrastructure for: assigned class work and assignments set by teachers; developing literacy, communication and information skills; authoring text, artwork, audio and visual material for publication on the Intranet or Internet, solely for educational purposes as supervised and approved by the school; conducting research for school activities and projects; communicating with other students, teachers, parents or experts in relation to school work; and access to online references such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, etc.

 

What is unacceptable/inappropriate use/behaviour by a student?

It is unacceptable for students to: download, distribute or publish offensive messages or pictures; use obscene or abusive language to harass, insult or attack others; deliberately waste printing and Internet resources; damage computers, printers or the network equipment; violate copyright laws which includes plagiarism; use unsupervised internet chat; use online email services (e.g. Hotmail), send chain letters or Spam e-mail (junk mail); or engage in any behaviour which is beyond their age limit.

 

Usernames and passwords are to be kept by the student and not divulged to any other individual (e.g., a student should not give their fellow students their username and password). Students cannot use another student or staff member’s username or password to access the school’s network, including not trespassing in another person’s files, home drive or e-mail. Additionally, students should not divulge personal information (e.g. name, parent’s name, address), via the Internet or e-mail, to unknown entities or for reasons other than to fulfil the educational program requirements of the school.

 
 

What is expected of schools when providing students with access to ICT facilities?

Schools will provide information in relation to student access and usage of its network and reserves the right to restrict/remove student access to the intranet, internet or network facilities if parents or students do not adhere to the school’s network usage and access guideline/statement. Schools will prepare students for the possibility of unanticipated access to harmful information, materials or approaches from unknown persons via the Internet (e.g., run through processes for disregarding (or ceasing access) to information, the process for reporting accidental access to harmful information and reporting approaches from unknown persons via the internet to the supervising teacher or school staff member). Where possible, classes involving internet usage by students will be prepared prior to class engagement, including, filtering and checking sites students are directed to visit. Teachers assess an appropriate timeframe for access to the internet for completing the set task.

What awareness is expected of students and their parents?

Students and their parents should:

  • Understand the responsibility and behaviour requirements (as outlined by the school) that come with accessing the school’s ICT network facilities and ensure they have the skills to report and discontinue access to harmful information if presented via the internet or e-mail;

  • Be aware that the ICT facilities should be utilised with good behaviour as stipulated in the St. Elizabeth’s Primary School ICT Acceptable Use Agreement; and that students breaking these rules will be subject to appropriate action by the school. This may include restricted network access for a period as deemed appropriate by the school.

  • Be aware that access to ICT facilities provides valuable learning experiences, therefore giving the student educational benefits in line with the school’s educational program;

  • Be aware that the internet gives access to information on and from a wide variety of organisations, subjects, people, places with origins from around the world; the school cannot control information accessed through the internet; and information may be accessed or accidentally displayed which could be illegal, dangerous or offensive, with or without the student’s immediate knowledge; and please understand that teachers will always exercise their duty of care, but protection, mitigation and discontinued access to harmful information requires responsible use by the student.

 

Conditions and Specifics of Use of Mobile Learning Devices

 

Charging Batteries

Chromebooks brought to school will need to be fully charged. If a device comes to school uncharged, it will not be recharged at school. The power supply will not be required to be brought to school. Leaving power supplies at home reduces the weight ofthe equipment student’s transport to and from school and reduces likelihood of damage and/or loss. Testing has been conducted and normal class use of the Chromebook  will see the battery lasting all day if charged before school.

 

Internet Use at School

At school, students must agree to follow the Appropriate Use/Behaviour of School Network guidelines in relation to Internet Use. Internet access is provided by Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and provides students with:

  • Content-filtered Internet access

  • Virus-filtered email

  • School website hosting

Our security system provides the means to filter students’ access to web pages from a global level; controlled by CEM and from a school level when appropriate.

 

Internet Use at Home

The Chromebooks can be configured to connect to a home wireless network. This configuration can be performed very easily. Please contact the school if you need assistance with this. Access to the home network is at parent discretion.

 

Operating system

Chromebooks run on the Chrome Operating System.  Students learn how to update the software during the licence program.

 

Necessary apps

The school manages the apps that students require for their learning.

 

E-Mail Use

While at St. Elizabeth's School students have access to a school email account which they can access from home and school for the purposes of learning, email traffic is monitored for inappropriate use, content and language.


General Care

Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook.

 

General Precautions

It is recommended that food or drink should not be next to the Chromebook when in use as any damage from this is not covered under warranty.

Cords, cables, and removable storage must be inserted into, and removed from the Chromebook carefully.

Students should never carry their Chromebook while the screen is open.

The Chromebook should never be left in a car or any unsupervised or unlocked area.

Students are responsible for ensuring the battery is charged for school each day.

 

Transporting the Chromebook

A protective Chromebook carry bag has sufficient padding to protect the equipment from normal treatment and provide a suitable means for carrying the Chromebook within the school. The guidelines below should be followed:

The Chromebook should always be within a protective case when carried.
Some carrying cases can hold other objects, such as clipboards and exercise books but these must be kept to a minimum to avoid placing too much pressure and weight on the Chromebook screen.

 

Screen Care

The screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. They are particularly susceptible to damage from excessive pressure and can be costly to repair.

Do not lean on the top of the Chromebook.

Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.

Do not place anything in the carry case that will press against the cover.

Do not poke the screen.

Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth.

 

Battery Maintenance

The battery life of portable devices is improving as technological enhancements are made.

 
 

Occupational Health and Safety

Students are advised to consider the following advice when using the Chromebook.

Taking regular rest breaks (at least every 20 minutes; more often if the setup is not ideal to allow muscles and vision to recuperate).

Not using the Chromebook for more than 2 hours in any session.

Working in an environment free from glare.

Using the Chromebook on a desk rather than on the lap whenever possible.

Changing the viewing angle to minimise the need to bend the neck.

Using a chair that maintains good posture.

Reducing the need to carry the Chromebook (where practicable).

The Chromebook screen should be viewable by a teacher, parent or responsible adult at all times.

 

Warranty and Insurance


Warranty

The school purchases a 3 year warranty with the device.  This covers malfunctions with the Chromebook but does not cover screen damages or intentional damage such as removing parts of the keyboard.

 

Damage at school

All devices are monitored by teachers at school and rules are in place to prevent foreseeable problems and damage however, from time to time, accidents may occur.  If any damage to a device is through negligence of the school, the school will cover the cost of repair.  If damage is caused by deliberate or careless actions of a student (owner or others), the costs of repair will be passed onto those involved and necessary behaviour consequences may apply.  The decision around the responsibility for repair costs is at the discretion of the Principal.

Damage at home

Any damage that occurs outside of school hours is the responsibility of the family. It is advisable to have clear rules about the use of a Chromebook in your family situation.


St Elizabeth’s Parish School is committed to student use of technology as a tool to enhance and assist learning. Technology tools are strictly for educational use, consistent with the educational goals of St Elizabeth’s.
 

With the opportunity comes responsibility. This Agreement is designed to give students and their family clear and concise guidelines regarding the appropriate use of technology.

 

I _______________________have read this agreement with my parent/s or guardian and I agree to the conditions within the agreement. If for some reason I choose to break one of the terms outlined, I understand that there will be consequences to follow.

Student Signature:

 

Parent/Guardian Name/s:

 

Parent/Guardian Signatures:

 

Date:

 
 

Please return this Agreement and keep the rest of the document for your records.