Head of Department: Craig Gray
Students have access to eLearning platforms and modules such as:
- The Learning Place
- Assignment submission via SafeAssign Portals
- Clickview video service
- Adobe Creative Cloud software
- Microsoft Office suite (online and downloadable Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Class Notebook module for OneNote)
- Includes 1Tb storage per student
One of the advantages of using the BYOD program is that students find the content more engaging and educationally beneficial when accessed on their own devices as opposed to a shared school device. Along with the fact that students may continue to access many of the materials outside of school on their device even if not connected to the internet.
Many textbook providers now utilise digital formats downloadable to a personal device and also provide additional electronic resources to extend learning.
Our learning platforms continue to be flexible in providing access to a range of device types, brands, models and specifications allowing freedom of choice for parents and caregivers, as long as the device meets our minimum specifications. Craigslea recommends an iPad device in Years 7 and 8 and a laptop in Years 9 to 12.
Craigslea will continue to maintain appropriate levels of access to specialist computing labs and facilities for software which cannot reasonably be accessed from a BYO device (for example Design, Film, TV and New Media, Visual Arts and some Business subjects)
In terms of the use of iPads in Years 7 and 8, the curriculum for students in these year levels will be supported by activities that can be enriched by use of iPad apps and eBooks. Outlined below is some important information for parents and students about the use of iPads at Craigslea SHS.
We encourage the use of iPads in the classroom as a tool to support key learning processes being: accessing, organising, processing and publishing information, collaboration, creativity and communication. Teachers can also make use of iPads to facilitate deeper engagement in learning and higher-order thinking. These processes align with the ACARA ICT Capabilities and are expected to move students away from thinking of ICT devices as being tools for researching, emailing and typing assignments to being catalysts for further knowledge exploration, sharing of new understandings and skill development.
The highly portable and accessible format of the iPad allows students to consume and produce information through:
- Textbooks available in iBook and eBook format – removing the need to carry heavy textbooks in school bags will give on-demand access to these resources without the need for a constant internet access.
- A wide range of classroom apps and tools that form part of the ever-evolving digital platform for learning.
- Access to content rich and valid educational internet resources through the filtered EQ Wi-Fi network while at school and subject to access to internet connection away from school, 24/7 access to that same content.
Suggested additional resources for parents:
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Expectations
- Recommended Device Types
- Connection, Case and Insurance
- BYOD Technology Lockers
- iPad Apps List for Junior Secondary students
- BYOD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Also refer to:
If your students would like to bring their own laptop, minimum specifications are recommended. Please note that these specifications are set to satisfy the general computing uses for students in years 9 to 12.
When specialist software is required for certain classes (for example graphics, FTV, visual art and some of our business subjects), the school's computer labs will be made available for those classes.