Fountain Gate Secondary College aims to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be engaged and capable 21st Century citizens. A key component of this is technology, which most students will regularly use in their future careers.
When every student has access to a computer, they can also participate in unique educational tasks which would otherwise be impossible. These tasks will enable greater collaboration between students and teachers, and enhance their learning opportunities.
Furthermore, a personal computer gives students access to learning resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This enables students to use their own device to access a virtual school computer. Regardless what device or operating system the student uses, they can access a virtual version of a Windows 7 desktop with Microsoft Office and a range of educational software.
Students use VMWare View Client to access the Virtual Desktop. This is installed during the configuration session. If you need to download it again later, it is available from the school website.
Students login to the Virtual Desktop using their school login details. The Virtual Desktop can also be accessed from home using the student’s BYOD device.
Yes, however we discourage students from installing software which may distract them (e.g. games). Parents are reminded that the school cannot directly control or filter the content which students may access using their home Internet connection. If a student brings a device to school which contains inappropriate content, they will receive serious consequences. If teachers suspect a student’s device contains content which violates the BYOD Usage Agreement, they will ask the student for more information and/or contact the student’s parent.
Students who have a Long-Term Loan device may use a wireless or Ethernet connection to access their home Internet connection. However, students are not able to use USB modems. When using the loan device at home, the BYOD Usage Agreement still applies. If a student uses their device to access or store inappropriate content at home, this will be treated as a violation of the agreement.
As many important assessments and exams are still completed using pen and paper, it is important that students don’t lose their handwriting skills. Teachers will be encouraged to have students complete somewriting tasks by hand in class. The computers are not intended to be a replacement for students writing notes or completing handwritten tasks. Rather, they are an additional tool to enable new ways of learning.
To help reduce the overall cost to parents, the number of textbooks on the book-list has been decreased. However, many subjects still require hard-copy books. Students are still expected to have every item required by the book-list.
Students should take their computer to every class, except some technology or practical classes where this may not be appropriate. At lunchtime/recess, and when the student does not take the computer to class, it must be kept in the student’s locker and inside its protective case. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their locker is securely locked, and nobody else knows their combination. The school does not
take any responsibility for the loss or damage of any personal item, including electronic devices (computers, phones, etc.).
When travelling to and from school, students should put the computer in its case, and put this case inside their school-bag. Students should avoid using the computer in public places, as this may make them a target for theft.
Students must charge their computer overnight at home. If their charge runs low during the day, there are limited charging stations available in the Library during lunchtime and recess. The student must stay with their device while it is charging.
Students must not charge their computers in class, as the cables can cause a safety hazard.
Each student is responsible for their own computer, and we strongly encourage all families to purchase insurance cover for their devices. The school will investigate any claims of damage or misuse, but cannot guarantee that they will be able to identify the person responsible or recover the repair costs from them.
A student should not allow anyone else to use their computer, as the owner of the computer will be held responsible if their computer is found to have accessed or stored inappropriate content.
Each student is responsible for backing up their own data. Every student is expected to have a USB drive, and they must use this to regularly backup important files. The College takes no responsibility for the loss or corruption of student data, even when the computer is being worked on by IT Technicians. Teachers will generally not accept technical problems as an excuse for late or missing work.
Students using loan devices must save their data within their user account folder, to ensure it can be easily identified and backed-up if a technician is working on the computer.
Replacement devices can be purchased using any of the options listed in the ‘Getting a Device’ section of this document. The first time the student brings the replacement device to school, they will need to visit the IT Office. The school’s IT Technicians will record the device’s details, and complete the procedures which would normally be done in the ‘Configuration Session’.
The school provide the ‘Fountain Gate Virtual Desktop’ to prevent problems with compatibility and ensure all students have access to the required software. Unfortunately, software licensing rules relating to the Virtual Desktop prohibit it from being used on iPads or Android tablets.
Furthermore, many students find it difficult to manage their files and documents when using an iPad or Android tablet.