In 2017 Seaford Secondary College launched the Digital Learning Program in consultation with staff, students and the Governing Council. The 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:
- increased digital literacy capability
- preparation for the globalised world and future employment opportunities
- improved ability to retain information and connect concepts
- self-efficacy in learning
- increased motivation and interest in learning
- access to innovative teaching practice and project based learning
- improved communication and collaboration
- faster feedback on learning progress
What device should I get for my child?
Seaford Secondary College has decided not to have a compulsory device that we 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:
- 8 hour battery life to last the school day
- 10 inch screen
- minimum of 128 gigabyte of Hard Drive space
- minimum 4 gigabyte RAM (8 gigabyte recommended)
- keyboard & trackpad highly recommended
As a school we do not recommend tablets 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 11 and 12 students, as well as devices that students can access when they are at school, but not take home for students in years 7-10. Please be aware that support is subject to those with the greatest need and that support cannot be guaranteed.
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 & 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 access an online version Office365 for free through the Department for Education's LearnLink portal, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and other educational software. Students can also access WPS Office software for free at school which is very similar to Microsoft Office.
- All devices will need to ensure they have an operating system (eg Windows) with a web browser which comes standard with most devices purchased.
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.
Head of Technology & Boon Boona House