Technology at SACS

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Technology at SACS

Technology is an important part of the learning experience at St Andrew's in all years. We aim for Learning Technologies to be used authentically and appropriately to enrich, enhance and extend learning.

Our Year 5-9 students use their own iPads, with Years 10-12 choosing between an iPad or appropriate tablet or laptop. Access to computer labs is available as required and desktop computers can be accessed in the Middle School Library, Design Centre and Senior Research Centre.
Student Device Review 2020 Implementation

Technology Student Use Policy

The Technology Student Use policy is reviewed regularly. It is in the student diaries and the most current version is kept on the Technology Student Use Policy page.

Year 5 to 9 iPads

iPads are the personal learning devices used by students in years 5 to 9 at SACS as their personal learning device.
Further details about iPad functionality and iPads at SACS can be read on the iPads page.. - (including iPad setup)

Year 10-12 Laptops

Students can use an iPad in years 10-12 but with a heavier focus on typing in the Senior College, it is recommended that students bring a lightweight laptop or tablet device with a keyboard. It is also important to consider improvements brought about by services like OneNote by Microsoft and the functionality brought about with stylus input for writing and annotation. There has been great progress with tablet devices and it is recommended that students consider written input with Windows-based tablet devices.

Laptops for years 10-12 should:

  • Be a lightweight in good working order.
  • Be less than 2 years.
  • Have an up-to-date operating system.
  • Have sufficient processing power and at least 4GB RAM (8GB is better).
  • Be stored in a hard ‘clamshell’ case and/or a padded sleeve (for carrying within a schoolbag).
  • Be purchased with accidental damage / theft insurance.
  • Have a long warranty. Please be careful – by default most consumer equipment only comes with a one year ‘return to base’ warranty.

NOTE: Tablet devices should also have an external keyboard NOTE: some electives may have specific requirements; such as Design electives (Timber, Design, IST, Engineering, Visual Arts) and Music.

Design Electives All Other Subjects
OS Windows 10 Windows 10, Mac OS X, iOS
Type Laptop Laptop, Tablet
Wireless Yes Yes
Storage 128GB SSD Minimum 64GB (Recommended 128GB) SSD
CPU Quad Core Recommended (Dual Core Minimum) Dual Core Recommended
RAM 16GB Recommended (8GB Minimum) 8GB Recommended (4GB Minimum)
Dedicated Graphics Card Yes (Recommended) (On Board Minimum) Not Needed
Anti-Virus Yes Yes

NOTE: There are software specific issues that Solidworks have for its GPU (Graphics Drivers). Follow the link below to confirm your Laptop GPU Model Check:

https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html

Software:

Office Suite: As part of the Schools Microsoft Subscription students can download the Office Suite onto 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 smartphones. To do this:

  1. go to the SACS Portal (Link) on your browser via PC/MAC
  2. login with your school account for access to your files, folders, email etc
  3. click on "Office365" in the top ribbon
  4. select "Install Software" above the Microsoft Apps List
  5. choose the software you want to install on your computer
  6. download and install setup files to your device
  7. login to synchronise and save files as you work on them

Adobe Software: The School also offers Adobe software.

SolidWorks for Design Students: School has given Design students access to the 3D Modeling Software for use at home. This is accessed through the Leader of Learning (Design and Art).

Insurance

We suggest parents carefully consider arranging insurance cover for their child's iPad or laptop. Many Home & Content Insurance Policies have the option to add electronic devices to guard against loss or theft while away from home.

School Computing Resources and Assistance

In addition to students’ own personal devices, desktop computers are available for students to use in the Junior School, in the Middle School Library (Level 4 of St Andrew’s House) and in the Senior Research Centre (Level 3 of the Senior College). Desktop computers with specialised software are also available within Design and Technology and Music classrooms.

Systems and Services

The School provides and supports a number of services including:

  • Microsoft Office365 - is a cloud subscription service that is the backbone of many of the services of the school including the SACS Portals.
  • Office365 brings us storage, access, sharing, editing and collaboration across all devices. The service has a number of main services that are backed up and synchronised online. The main services of Office365 include OneDrive for personal files and folders, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote for document edits and Forms for collecting and graphing data. Students have full access to the Office suite of apps and software for iPads, laptops, computers and other devices.
  • Digital Textbooks - see Textbooks for more information on Textbooks in years 7-12 (including how to purchase hardcopy textbooks)
  • Schoology our Learning Management System - our platform for our class content in years 5-12. Schoology enables interactions, communication, discussions, access to resources and information as well the ability to submit work and receive feedback. (+ numerous other options) Schoology works well across all devices via the portal or on the iPad app. Read more on schoology.com/

Support and Help

For technical support; Inquiries for assistance with IT can be directed to the IT Department (Ph: 9286 9555) or the IT Help Desk that runs each lunchtime on level 4 of St. Andrew's House.

We also do provide a repair service through iExperts:

Students can drop off their device to the SACS IT Helpdesk and need to fill out the student iPad repair form which is available on the SACS Portal:

  • Students - In the 'School Forms' > ITForms Folder
  • Parents - Under the 'Forms' Section > in the "Tech @ SACS" or use the search option and find 'iPad Repair'