Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives enable Stella Girls to become highly competent, independent and responsible users of technology. The needs of our twenty-first century learners are diverse and complex. Students learn in different ways and are accustomed to knowledge being instantly accessible. Anywhere, anytime learning is the norm as is incidental and accidental learning and the role of the teacher is transforming; therefore, our girls and our teachers need to be adaptable and open to learning opportunities using the ever-changing tools available to them.
ICT provides the girls with access to the breadth of information, learning tools and information management resources required for a modern education. Research and study, participation, innovation, interaction and collaboration can all be enhanced in a digital learning environment.
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In the Classroom
Technology is fully integrated into the curriculum at Stella Maris College. Each Learning space is equipped with modern technology to assist learning, including:
• Mounted HD projector in every classroom
• Mounted amplified speakers in every classroom
• Apple TV in every classroom, allowing the teachers and students to wirelessly connect to the projector and providing teachers with flexible teaching options
• High speed wireless network
• High speed filtered internet
• A learning management system that covers every key learning area (Moodle)
• Interactive whiteboard system
• Office 365 that facilitates collaborative learning
• An increasing number of subjects opting to use interactive digital textbooks
• Specialist technologies in Mathematics, Design and Technology, Music and VET courses like Ebeams, Adobe Creative Suite, 3D printers and laser cutters
• Full technical support from a highly qualified and committed College Information Technology Department
Every person at the College is required to have a laptop computer. Our preferred student laptop is a Macbook, however we allow Windows BYOD devices. The student population at the College is predominately using Macbook Air and Pro, hence the support systems at the College are largely geared to providing the best experience with these devices. We have trained staff and specialist systems to install software, fix all kinds of software issues and offer various backup and restore options on Macbooks
Our preferred supplier is:
Please note that you are welcome to purchase a Macbook from any supplier and receive the same level of support from the College Information Services Department. The 13 inch model, with 3 year warranty, a plastic hard cover and insurance is the school’s recommended model. Please note that when comparing prices, most retailers ship the Macbook with a one year warranty, a 3 year education warranty costs around $250 depending on the retailer.
Regarding insurance, it is highly recommended and it is available via Computers Now to cover against breakages, or you may wish to include the Macbook to your existing home and contents insurance which will cover the device against theft.
Your daughter is welcome to use any BYOD computer that meets the minimum standards. Please note that these computers are provided with minimal technical support. A BYOD device will be provided with wireless access to the network which enables them to access the College systems and the internet. The minimum operating specifications are as follows:
- Wireless N or better
- 4gb RAM
- 50 GB free for software loading
- Protective bag
The College supplies all the applications like Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud and anti-virus software. The laptop should preferably be under warranty to ensure a quick repair.
Stella Maris College has invested significant time and money into building a robust technology infrastructure that is both effective and efficient in supporting learning at the College. For technically minded people, here is a snapshot of the engine that powers technology at Stella:
- Multi site virtualised server and storage infrastructure that is renewed continuously
- High speed wireless network that covers all areas of the College – both campuses
- High speed fibre optic internet connection that is filtered to keep your daughter safe and on-track with her learning goals
- Simple, secure, yet effective system to allow the girls to on-board their devices to our network
- Self service software deployment system that allows the girls to easily install the software they require to empower their own learning
- Office 365 platform integrated to the College server to facilitate both cloud storage and collaborative learning
- Digital content server (ClickView) that gives your daughter access to countless hours of content from documentaries, television and movies that complement learning outcomes
- Parent and Student portal that provides you with important information about your daughter including her academic progress, absences, events, excursions and much more.
- Cashless card system that is used on the printing network, Uniform Shop and the Canteen.
- Various classroom technologies (see In the Classroom for more details)
My Daughter is coming to Stella. Am I required to provide her with a laptop of her own?
Yes, laptops are used throughout the College as integral tools of learning.
What type of laptop does my daughter need?
We strongly prefer Macbooks due to their suitability for education. They are robust, have long battery life and are very quick to boot. They are very reliable and easy for the girls to manage. We also have specialist systems to fully support these devices.
There are also fully supported Dell or HP laptops or you can supply a BYOD device of your choosing. BYOD devices receive only very limited support from the College IT Department. We recommend a device with a battery that can last at least 6 hours and one that is strong enough to withstand the pressures of student life. Minimum operating requirements can be found on the BYOD page.
Does the College support iPads?
We do not specifically support iPads at this stage. Girls are welcome to use an iPad at school as a secondary device, however they are required to have a proper laptop as our current curriculum relies on the use of applications like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and other pieces of software that run on Windows or OSX. It is our experience that iPads do not provide sufficient functionality to be used in all classroom scenarios.
Will the College Support Macbooks purchased from other Apple stores?
Yes, full software support is given to all Macbooks running OSX 10.11 or later.
What will the devices be used for?
Generally students will need their device to complete tasks, e.g. research, access online textbooks and audio-visual material and complete writing, presentation or design tasks. While an iPad can be authorised to access the College network, it may not be the most user-friendly item for continuous use when writing an essay, for example.
Do the girls use electronic textbooks?
Yes, many departments are moving towards interactive e-books. We provide support and assistance with downloading and configuring these e-books.
How will the College manage Internet security and acceptable use?
Students accessing the College network with their device will have secure and filtered wireless access to the Internet. Students will still be required to follow the College Internet Acceptable Use Policy, and adhere to other relevant College policies. A range of sanctions are in place for students who choose not to meet College expectations with regard to internet use, including social media.
Do we need insurance?
Families are strongly encouraged to check the cover for the device on their existing policies or to take out insurance. For a number of years the College has used iBroker. Their details can be accessed on the Computers Now portal.
Security of devices
Girls must have an appropriate laptop bag or cover to protect their devices. Hard shell covers are available from Computers Now. These covers have been found to significantly reduce screen breakages.
When not in use, all devices should be locked in your daughter’s locker.
What happens if there is a fault in the device?
The student or parent will need to arrange their own repair on the device. The College will not take responsibility for the service and/or repairs to the device but may be able to offer a loan device which may be used during the repair period, although numbers are limited. A device with a current warranty is strongly encouraged.
What do I need to consider if we opt for a device we already own?
- Does it meet the minimum operating requirements? Go to the BYOD page for more details.
- Will the battery hold sufficient charge to operate all day?
- Is the computer used by more than one person and could this compromise the educational use of the computer?
Do I need wireless Internet at home?
The selected devices are wireless internet devices, we have ample wireless coverage at the College but there are some things you might consider for home. If you already have wireless internet at home you can easily connect your device. Wireless routers are not expensive, so if you are not wireless at home you might consider talking to your Internet provider about options.
What sort of Internet Plan do I need at home?
Students are sometimes required to undertake tasks that can draw quite heavily on your home download allowance. It is very important to check what type of Internet plan you are on. Some plans charge you if you go over your monthly download allowance, others give unlimited downloads and slow your connection down if you go over your monthly limit. The unlimited plans are by far the safest and the best value. To ensure you don’t get a shock when the monthly bill arrives if you have exceeded your download limit, we strongly advise checking the details of your plan with your Internet service provider.