St Andrews Catholic College runs a very successful 1:1 Laptop Program for all students in years 7 to 12.
Since its inception, the 1:1 Laptop Program has been continually evaluated and adjusted to ensure that the technology used in the classroom suits the learning needs of each student and provides a uniform platform which the College can support and continue to develop.
1:1 computing devices offer students more personalized access to technology both at school and at home while also allowing the machines to be tailored to the specific learning needs of students. The laptops are loaded with all of the software our students require for curriculum purposes. Students also have access to all the software they use at school while logged in from home. This promotes anywhere, anytime learning and allows curriculum to be delivered in a consistent and flexible learning environment. If new or updated software is required, it is pushed out by the College to the students’ machines.
In preparation for each year, the College carefully evaluates the technology being utilised. Our IT Department work with the IT Department at Catholic Education Services to source the most appropriate laptops to suit the needs of our students (in relation to the curriculum and our IT infrastructure) and at a cost which is reasonable for our parents / carers.
Parents do not need to worry about the stress of finding a laptop and software for their student. Early in term 1, Year 7 and 9 students will receive a laptop from the College that has been optimised to work on our network. This laptop has the best configuration for learning at the College. It has onsite service backup and is the same as other students in their class which makes the teaching and learning process more efficient for everyone. The laptop will have an extended warranty.
The cost of the laptop and other technology costs such as licencing of software, internet and infrastructure costs, and accidental damage protection are incorporated into the College levies each term.
Students are expected to bring their College allocated laptop to school fully charged and ready to use each day (unless directed otherwise). Students are welcome to use personally owned devices at home, however they are expected to use the College allocated device when at school.