Welcome to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at Dapto High School.
Technology is an ever growing presence in our lives and is transforming the classroom. Dapto High School strives to keep at the forefront of technology, Bring Your Own Device is great initiative to keep up with the ever growing and changing technology in our lives.
Our BYOD policy encourages students to be creative, engaged digital citizens and actively participate in their own learning.
At Dapto High we expect every student to have a device charged and ready to use every day. The school has an open BYOD policy, allowing each family the freedom to select a device. From our experience we are finding that a laptop is the best option for students and highly recommend that parents look into purchasing a laptop for their school use.
To support the BYOD program we offer access to a range of free software. Every student has access to a free Office 365 account and an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription so please be aware when purchasing a device you do not need to purchase any additional software besides virus or malware protection.
Dapto High employs a full time technical support officer to help students with their devices and is available to parents to answer any question. Details are below.
We understand that it can be quite difficult for families to provide devices for each child. We have been exploring options and would like to recommend Chromebooks as a low cost solution for families.
Chromebooks are a simple form laptop that we have been testing in the school environment. There is a range of Chromebooks available and one option is from PC Merge who are offering a device with free postage for $299 + GST. These devices have been road tested and a great option, details available below. Families that need a temporary loan of a laptop should speak with the TSO Adam Toole or DP Darcy Moore
Deputy Principal – Darcy Moore – firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Support Officer - Adam Toole – email@example.com
For instructions on installing this software a Youtube video with step by step instructions please look to the video below.
This guide (Wifi Connection Guide Dapto HS) will help you connect different devices to the school wifi.
PC Merge Chromebooks come with a toughened case to minimise breakage, withstand accidental fall a splashproof keypad to minimise damage due to accidental spillage. They can be a great robust option for families on a budget. Contact John Robinson for more information on.
Ozbargins.com.au is a user controlled website that is has deals that are upvoted. Under the URL https://www.ozbargain.com.au/cat/computing
You will find the best laptop deals available lasting days or hours. By checking the site and prices you can find a great deal on a computer an get an understanding of current prices on certain models and accessories.
If you are a student of the NSW Department of Education you can install the whole of the Creative Cloud for free.
All desktop apps, mobile apps, access to all Creative Cloud tutorials and access to Adobe My Portfolio
As part of the NSW Department of Education Adobe BYOD Students package you also have access to install and use the following Adobe software.
And don't forget you all have access to Adobe Spark - Post, Page and Web too!
Just sign in with your department email ending in @education.nsw.gov.au
Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription service that includes the most recent version of Office, which currently is Office 2016. It comes with the applications you’re familiar with, like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, plus extra online storage, ongoing tech support, free to all NSW Department Of Education Students. This can be access using students @education.nsw.gov.au
What Device Is Right For Me?
This can be a daunting experience selecting the right device for your student, we hope to make it easier for your family with our open policy.
The decision depends of a few factors:
- what device does your child already use?
- what device are they asking for?
- what devices/platforms do your family already own?
Many students already have tablets and are commencing the year with these devices if you are planning to upgrade as a birthday or Christmas present we recommend to go for a laptop.
A laptop is the better solution, Apple make great products but they can be expensive. Windows laptops are a great option there is a massive range of device available and it comes down to personal preference. If you are a large family or working on a budget Google Chromebooks are a great low cost solution that we recommend.
A laptop allows the student to do everything that will be required in the classroom. It allows for a better user experience when typing and researching. Larger laptops will allow for a more battery and a bigger screen but may not be practical for students to carry around all day. The best idea is to have a shop around and let the student see what device will be suited to them. Visit a few stores get some prices and play the stores against each other to ensure you get the best price.
A device with 4GB or more of RAM is a good choice. RAM is the thinking space of a computer and any less than 4GB will be too slow.
The school prefers the device to have the ability to connect by WIFI signal 802.11 N 5GZ some devices may not have this which is fine and will still work on the school ground but for the best user experience ask for 802.11 N 5GZ.
Now there are many other specifications these are still important but most new devices will be fast enough and have enough storage that it is not an issues. Factors such as size and a case can be more important you want the device to be kept safe so that it can be used every day.
Google is your friend if you have found a device your student likes look up reviews on the model number of that device, any question you have has already been answered and a few minutes research and you can go into store feeling confident in your choice.
Please email the Technical Support Officer (TSO) Adam.Toole5@det.nsw.edu.au or Deputy Principal Darcy.Moore@det.nsw.edu.au for assistance.
Communicate with impact using Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is an easy way to create graphical content for poster, flyers and any other graphical display you wish to create. Adobe Spark makes it very easy to create professional-looking presentation in minutes, you can create, share and inspire. You can access Adobe Spark online at https://spark.adobe.com/
Plagiarism is copying the work of somebody else & claiming it as your own. This person can be an author, artist, photographer or another student.
The most common (but not all) actions students do to plagiarise are:
- Copy from a source (e.g., book, another student or web site) & hand it in to their teacher as their own,
- Change a few words in a sentence & claim it all as their own work,
- Copy images & not acknowledges source.
Students need to respect the work of others & reference sources of information in a bibliography. It is also important to use quotes " " when using words of another author.
Remember, it is always better to put information into your own words. This lets teachers know you have understood the work.
If a student is not sure of what to do then refer to your teacher or to the Teacher Librarian.
All students need to be aware that plagiarism will be penalised by zero marks or N awards.
D. Ridley - Teacher Librarian