2019 Student Technology Information
At PLC Sydney, technology is integrated into learning and empowers students to be both technology users and technology creators. The PLC Sydney device strategy has been designed to give students an experience in the three main archetypes of technology:
- Tablet computing
- Cloud computing
- Desktop based computing
This strategy has the benefit of increasing complexity as the girls get older. Rather than attempt to hide the complexity for younger students, we are instead using devices which can be mastered at each stage of their development.
We have also sought to manage costs for parents by using the appropriate device at the appropriate developmental stage.
School Supplied iPad
- Students will have access to iPad’s in class.
- iPads are an excellent device for young children and offer a superb tactile experience for exploring, selecting and using a variety of apps to demonstrate and reflect on learning.
- iPads will be used in class, as directed by the teacher, and will not be taken home.
School Supplied Chromebook 2-in-1
- In Year 3, we begin to transition our girls from a ‘tablet only’ experience into using Chromebooks. Chromebooks enable Year 3 and 4 students to begin to access a variety of cloud based desktop apps that enhance learning experiences and outcomes. Students will begin to learn how to manage Chrome apps and extensions.
Chromebooks will only be used in class, as directed by the teacher, and will not be taken home.
BYOD Chromebook 2-in-1
- From Year 5 girls are permitted to bring in their own Chromebook device. This device travels with them from home to school and is used both in the classroom and at home for their learning. When well looked after, this device is expected to last them until Year 8. Students are welcome to refresh their device earlier if they wish.
- The device selected for Years 5-8 students is a hybrid “2-in-1” laptop and tablet. In addition to the full desktop functionality of Chrome apps, students can also ‘flip’ their devices and use them as an Android tablet for different learning purposes.
- Students in Years 5-8 will begin to self manage their devices by adding and managing Chrome/Android apps and extensions, and applying basic device settings.
- The Chromebook MUST be protected. The choice of bag or cover is up to you. Choose something that will protect well but also something that your daughter likes as she will be more likely to use it.
BYOD Mac or Windows Laptop
- From Year 9, students have the option to bring in a Mac or Windows laptop. You can continue to use your device from previous years if it meets your requirements.
- Students will be required to self manage their device including keeping their virus protection up to date and installing the software they need for their learning.
- In many specialist subjects students will be given access to software which is ‘industry current’ at the time, so they become familiar with technology that is considered ‘best of breed’.
Overall we would like to note that the technology students use while they are at school is likely to be significantly different when they progress to working life. It is therefore critical that we teach students how to transition between different platforms during their learning here at PLC Sydney, so that they do not become accustomed to only one platform. Instead our goal is to give our girls the opportunity to experience a variety of options and help them become agile problem solvers, and equip them for an unknown, fast developing future.
We take this opportunity to note that the ‘Technology Fee’ covers some of the cost of keeping an extensive infrastructure in place in the College, which enables students to take advantage of these devices. This fee covers:
- A campus wide wired and wireless network
- High speed access to AARNET (Academic research network) and the internet
- Security and internet content filtering
- Research capacity in the Macindoe Research Centre
- Software licensing and support for student devices
- In classroom AV equipment
- A dedicated team to service students, staff and the above infrastructure
Some schools incorporate this into the general school fees. PLC Sydney believes this is a cost that should be borne by scholarship students as well as full-fee paying students, thus it is billed separately, akin to the Excursion Fee.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE FOR 2019:
- Years 5 to 12: there is compulsory BYO device ownership
- Students who purchased a PLC Sydney laptop will be supported until the end of its warranty
- Years 5 to 8 students must purchase their device from our BYOD portal
- Students must use the prescribed device for the relevant year level they are in. For students in:
- Year 5, this is the Lenovo 500e Chromebook, purchased from our BYOD portal
- New Year 6, this is the Lenovo 500e Chromebook, purchased from our BYOD portal.
- Year 7, this is a choice of Chromebook, purchased from our BYOD portal. Your daughter will use this until the end of Year 8, or longer if she is not doing subjects that require a laptop with speciality software.
- New Year 8, this is a choice of Chromebook, purchased from our BYOD portal. Your daughter will use this until the end of Year 8, or longer if she is not doing subjects that require a laptop with speciality software.
- Years 9 -12, a Mac or a PC, purchased from our BYOD portal or elsewhere
- Minimum specs are 256gb SSD, 8GB RAM, i5 or greater, 802.11 AC/5GHz WiFi
- An English operating system
- USB-C charging is highly desirable
- We recommend a vendor with excellent support such as Apple, HP, Dell or Lenovo
- We recommend that a warranty is purchased with the device, as long as you are able to obtain, usually 3 years
- Accidental damage insurance is highly recommended
- If you expect the machine to last for a long time, upgrade memory, storage and processor as much as possible
- All parents and students are required to acknowledge that they have read and agree to our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) before bringing a device to school
- The laptop/tablet MUST be protected. The choice of bag or cover is up to you, but must be purchased and brought to school.
CURRENT 2018 STUDENTS WITH SCHOOL MANAGED LAPTOPS
1. YEAR 8
Current 2018 Year 8 students will continue to use their Dell 7370 until the end of 2019.
- The warranty and insurance covers the laptop until that time. You may also opt to BYO.
3. YEAR 9
Current 2018 Year 9 students can continue to use their device or opt to purchase a BYO machine.
- The warranty and insurance on the Dell XPS 9350 will expire at the end of 2018.
- If you wish to continue using the current device it will need to be reset back to factory settings by the Technical Services Department and will function as a BYO device. This will require the device to be wiped. Students need to ensure that they have backed up any files/photos etc that they wish to keep.
4. YEAR 11
Current 2018 students in Year 11 that purchased a PLC managed device in 2017 can continue to use their device or opt to purchase a BYO machine.
- The warranty and insurance for the 2017 Dell Latitude 7370 will expire at the end of 2019.
CHOOSING YOUR BYO DEVICE
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