Information Technology – Digital Learning Program
The Digital Learning Program is based on the expectation that all students bring a digital device to school every day to enhance their learning and build the essential 21st Century skills needed for their careers and futures.
We believe that by achieving a 1:1 ratio of students per device that all students can receive many of the benefits to their learning including, but not limited to, the following:
- Building skills and knowledge to be safe online and positive digital citizens
- preparation for the globalised world and future employment opportunities
- improved ability to retain information and connect concepts
- increased motivation and interest in learning
- access to innovative teaching practice
- access to tools to support students with additional needs
- improved communication and collaboration
- faster feedback on learning progress
What do we need to do to use Technology at Seaford Secondary College?
For any student wanting to use their own, or school-owned devices, at school, they must first complete an ICT User Agreement and return to the school.
This agreement clearly states the expectations and acceptable use of technology, and the responsibilities of the student, the parent/caregivers and the school. It is highly recommended that you download the Digital Learning Program Policy document (below) for full details of acceptable technology use at Seaford Secondary College.
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As well as the use of student laptops for 21st Century Learning, Seaford Secondary College has a range of technologies to further enhance student skills and abilities . All students are eligible to have free access to Microsoft Office 365 whilst they enrolled at school which includes Word (word processing), PowerPoint (presentation software), Teams (online learning), Outlook (emails) and much more.
The school has 4 computer labs that contain all the specialist software required for every subject offered at school and as a result students will not need this software on their laptops. This includes the Adobe Suite, Office 365 and software for 3D printing, laser cutting, robotics, music and movie creation and more. Students also have access to printers located at various places around the school when required.
Students also have access to daily loan laptops and a range of other technological items through the Seaford Community Library.
BYOD - Student Owned Devices
What device should I get for my child?
Seaford Secondary College decided not to have a compulsory device that we would ask all families to purchase to ensure that all families are able to find a device that is most appropriate to their circumstances. Recommended minimum requirements for a device that ensures students receive the greatest benefits to their education include:
- recommended 13/14 inch screen
- minimum 250 gigabyte of Hard Drive space
- minimum 8 gigabyte RAM
- at least 8 hour battery life to last the school day
- Microsoft Windows 10 minimum
- Apple OS Big Sur minimum
PLEASE NOTE that if student devices have a battery that cannot get through a full school day, they will have to sign a consent form to have their charger tagged and tested at school to allow them to charge their laptop. Please see consent form in the links at the bottom of this page.
As a school we do not recommend tablets, Chromebooks or phones as a digital device in the classroom due to their limitations.
What do I do if I cannot afford a device?
We understand that not every family is in a financial position to purchase a device. You can apply for support from Seaford Secondary College by completing a social justice laptop application form located at Student Services.
We have a limited amount of devices each year than can be taken home for the whole school year for year 10, 11 and 12 students, as well as devices that students can access when they are at school. Students in years 7 – 9 can have access to a device that is theirs to use in class for the whole year that will be safely secured in a library locker overnight and ready for use the next day. Please be aware that support is subject to those with the greatest need and that support cannot be guaranteed.
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What software is needed on the device?
- Seaford Secondary College has 4 dedicated computer labs that have all the software required for any specialised subjects, particularly Technology and Art. All students who select these subjects will have their lessons in the computer rooms to utilise this, and will not require specialised software on their personal device.
- Students can download, install and activate an Office365 license through office.com using their @schools email address, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneNote and other educational software. See bottom of the page for instructions.
- All devices will need to ensure they have an operating system (eg Windows) with a web browser (Google Chrome recommended), which comes standard with most devices purchased. Also an up to date antivirus.