Year 7 Chromebook Program

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Chromebooks are coming to St John Paul II Catholic College


St John Paul II Catholic College is excited to inform you that in 2020 we will be transitioning Year 7 to a Parent/Caregiver Chromebook Purchase Program.

During Term 2 of 2018 year 7.06 participated in a trial of Chromebooks that we were fortunate enough to have loaned to the college from the CEDP. Mr Morgan and his class found that the Chromebooks had various benefits over the iPads.

Benefits include:

  • The Chromebooks have a keypad (similar to that of a laptop) which makes it easier for students to type.
  • Google Chrome has been integrated into the teaching and learning programs and activities at the college.
  • Apple products are becoming increasingly more expensive so it is important that we consider the impact of this on cost on families.
  • Battery life of a chromebook is up to 10 hours.

Mr Morgan said the following in regards to the trial

“The Chromebooks were very easy for students to use and it did not take long at all before the students were able to manage the devices effectively. The Chromebooks have a wide range of educational apps that are beneficial for teaching and learning and include google classroom, google docs and book widgets. When beginning class each day students were always asking ‘are we going to be using the Chromebooks today’ in excitement”.

At St John Paul II Catholic College, we value your child’s education and we believe that the 1 to 1 Parent Purchase/Caregiver Chromebook Program will allow your child to develop confidence, creativity and productivity through the use of technology in the classroom that will prepare them for the impacts of technologies in the digital world.

The 1 to 1 program will equip each student with a Chromebook to use at school and at home, enabling students to have 24/7 access to resources and learning materials.


Important Note

Parents with students starting at St John Paul II in 2020 are NOT to purchase a Chromebook before the Technology Information Evening which is being held for new year 7 students on 10th September 2019.

Chromebooks


In the instance where you may already own a Chromebook it is important that you still attend to understand the minimum requirements for the device and the applications as outlined below.

Resources for Students

  1 to 1 Stage 4 Student Responsibility Agreement 2019/2020
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta requires that all technology used within the St John Paul II Catholic College network is enrolled/registered by the ICT Team. This means that in order to access the St John Paul II Catholic College network all students and the parents/caregivers must complete the attached agreement.

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You can’t erase things from the net. Once it’s there, it’s there forever. Don’t do something you’ll regret. A cyberbullying poster with tips for students.

  Cyber Stats Classroom Poster
Some alarming statistics for students in relation to cyberbullying.

  Keep in the Loop
Communication between the parents/caregivers, teachers and students is crucial to the strong sense of community we have within the College. Check out the many ways to ‘keep in the loop’.

  Technology in the Classroom
Technology instruction for student behaviour while in the classroom.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Whilst they will have the potential to use them in all their lessons the intention is that they will be used when it is felt appropriate for the teaching and learning experiences.  Teachers also have a range of on­going training opportunities to ensure that they can make the most of the Chromebooks to enhance learning.

No. The device has to be available exclusively to each child at any point during the school day. As such, students cannot share devices.

The expectation is that all students will charge their device fully overnight and bring it in each day to school. The long battery life of a Chromebook will allow it to be used all day at school without recharging during the day. We will not supply facilities for recharging.

No. The benefits of a tool like this in a school situation can only be achieved if all students use the chosen device. Our curriculum will be developed around the use of this technology.

Chromebooks will replace bookwork in some instances, however, the importance of handwriting skills is still relevant and therefore students will still complete some tasks or aspects of their work in books. Students may need fewer books dependent on use.

St John Paul II Catholic College is aware that the successful implementation of the devices will depend to a large extent on how comfortable teachers feel in using the device. As such we are committed to ensuring that all Year 7 staff have adequate, appropriate and on­going training in the use of the Chromebook to enhance learning and creativity in the classroom.

It is important that you protect the Chromebook so purchasing a good quality case is highly recommended.

Students are not allowed to listen to music during class time unless a teacher has given permission.