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 Library and Senior Research Centre.

The Junior School has class sets of iPads and laptops, as well as desktop computers and the Library computers. Gawura School also has its own set of iPads and laptops.

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. iPads are highly convergent devices with a wide range of features and great options for content creation built into a truly mobile device with great battery life. iPads provide great opportunities for enhancing and enriching learning and we enjoy harnessing this power in the classroom and beyond.
Further details about iPad functionality and iPads at SACS can be read on the iPads page.. - (including iPad setup)

Year 10-12 Laptops or iPads

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 or iPad Pros with Apple Pencil and keyboard.

Laptops for years 10-12 should:

  • Be a lightweight Macintosh or Windows Computer in good working order.
  • Be less than 3 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 and students should liaise with the Leader of Learning for the elective or contact Mr Kolbe if there are any concerns.

Software:

Office Suite: As part of the Schools Microsoft Subscription students can download the Office Suite onto two computers To do this:

  • go to the portal portal.sacs.nsw.edu.au on your computer
  • login with your school account for access to your files, folders, email etc
  • click on "Office365" in the top ribbon
  • choose the software you want to install on your computer
  • login to synchronise and save files as you work on them

Adobe Software: The School also offers Adobe software to those needing it. This comes on a USB with the appropriate codes and students can get this from the uniform store for a cost of $20.

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 Visual Arts, Design and Technology and Music classrooms. A number of class sets of laptops are available as well as class sets of iPads in the Junior School.

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 portal. 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/ and learningshared.com.au/schoology

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.

Learning Technologies Support

We work closely with teachers to ensure that technology is being used to enhance, enrich and extend learning and that students are confident and knowledgeable users of technology. Mr Rolfe Kolbe (rkolbe@sacs.nsw.edu.au) is the Director of Learning Technologies, Michael Sahlstrom (msahlstrom@sacs.nsw.edu.au) also works and supports staff and students in years 7-12 and Selwyn Wu (swu@sacs.nsw.edu.au) supports years K-6. We continue to build our materials with students and teachers and this is all shared openly on our blog LearningShared.com.au