One to One Netbook Program
In 2017, all students are required to have access to their own Netbook while at school, whether it be a device they bring from home or a Netbook they purchase through the College’s preferred supplier.
As a school, we are committed to providing each child with a learning experience that enables them to build a pathway to their future. This is underpinned by the fact that our learners are 21st Century students and, as a contemporary school, we need to ensure access to a 21st Century learning experience. The common view is that students need to have their own computer and that this computer is something the child should bring to and from school.
Over the last two years Pakenham Secondary College has been phasing in its “Bring Your Own Device” program. From 2017 it is expected that all students across Years 7 -12 will have access to a Netbook. For the majority of students this has involved purchasing a Netbook from our nominated supplier while others have chosen to bring an existing device from home.
Laptops are used to facilitate learning by allowing students to:
- Access and submit Learning Tasks through Compass
- Access, use, create and publish digital and online information
- Develop knowledge, understanding and skills through creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
- Collaborate with others
- Use the laptops as a tool to manage their work and learning
- Develop age-appropriate ICT skills, including the responsibilities of online citizenship
- Accept responsibility for their personal actions when using ICT and for the care of their laptop.
This year we have changed our supplier to Edunet (www.edunet.com.au). This group is listed by the Department of Education and Training on its preferred supplier panel. Edunet is offering four computers.
The benefits of students having the same device and purchasing the laptop from the preferred supplier are:
- Full on-site warranty for 3 years
- No cost for Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and 80 educational software titles while the student is enrolled at the school.
- Full onsite software support.
Details regarding these options are available on the portal which can be accessed at psc.technologyportal.com.au – using the code: PSC2017.
Parents, who have further questions regarding the Netbook program, can contact Mike Higgins at the school on 59451433 or email higgins.michael.j1.@edumail.vic.gov.au