LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
St Helena is committed to preparing students for the world of work in the digital age.
We teach students how to choose the best digital tool for the task and to use technology to work smarter and to adapt as circumstances demand.
Students at all year levels are schooled in IT literacies that enable them to research and problem solve, reorganise and analyse information, test and apply knowledge and to present data and findings.
We employ the IT teaching strategies that increase engagement and foster communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
All students are expected to be safe, responsible and ethical ICT users
Important ICT Policies and Computer Requirements at St Helena
1 to1 St Helena Notebook Program
This enables students to access, use, create and publish digital and online information anywhere, anytime.
The Tablet PC:
· is compact and easy to transport
· has a touch screen, active stylus and long battery life
· supports latest Windows versions
· facilitates a high level of interactivity. Its highly diverse modes of use support innovative learning strategies
· facilitates handwriting, note taking, the drawing and labelling of diagrams
· facilitates the use of OneNote, the school’s curriculum delivery tool, and the tablet’s function as a digital workbook/portfolio
· stores and facilitates engagement with electronic resources and learning products – ebooks, worksheets, word documents
· facilitates personalised learning, progress monitoring and feedback
· accommodates Compass, the school’s electronic communication system.
Note: Computers that do not meet the minimum College technical specifications are NOT accepted on the Network.
BYOD Minimum Requiremnts
Bring your own Model (BYOD)
The amount of technical support that can be provided by the school for devices outside specified models is limited. The College can provide access, for approved devices, to all the necessary software (licensed Department education), however this must be removed should a student exit the College.
Families may purchase they own machine as long as it has the following minimum specifications.
• Windows 10 – Natively
• Intel Core i3 – 6th Gen or better
• 11.6” FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution, supporting multi-touch and active stylus input.
• 8GB DDR3 Memory
• a/b/g/n Wireless (2.4/5.0 GHz)
• 256 GB Solid State Drive
• Active Stylus input
• Up to 7 hours battery
Digital Ink Immersion
Full immersion digital inking started at St Helena in Term 4, 2016.
This means that Years 7-9 students use a screen and stylus.
New research underlining the power of the pen in learning influenced this decision. Researchers have found that the physical movement of the pen promotes neural activity that governs all higher levels of cognitive processing and learning. Stylus technology therefore brings together the use of digital devices that foster creative, social and organisational capabilities and the sensorimotor benefits of handwriting.
Having developed the habit of using this interface and experienced the associated advantages first hand, our students are well placed to make full use of their device going forward.
Compass is our school portal. It is the web-based school management platform students, staff and parents use to:
Access information and resources
Post and submit tasks
Receive feedback in real time
Monitor learning progress
Manage consent/medical requirements for camps and excursions
Order school photos
Schedule STRIVE interviews