We often get questions from families about the most appropriate device to support the learning of their student. This HP portal shows four devices in total. These devices span a considerable price range and are all appropriate devices for learning in our school.
The four devices are:
•HP Chromebook 11G5 – (please note that if choosing the Chromebook, you will not be able to install additional software. It operates on a web based system and relies heavily on the G-Suite and Microsoft 365 applications (both cloud-based) that all our students have access to through their student portals)
•HP Probook 11EE x360 – Pentium processor and touch screen!
•HP Pavillion x3560 Convertible 11 – Intel Core i3 processor with touch screen!
•HP Probook 430 G5 – Intel Core–i5 processor!
Here is a helpful infographic for students and staff, showing how to connect to Microsoft Office 365 through your DE Student (or staff) Portal. Just like GAFE (Google Apps For Education), MO365 can be accessed through the cloud, but in addition, MO365 can also be downloaded to a student’s BYOD laptop, giving offline access and greater functionality.
…and you get all this for free, just because you attend a NSW Public School.
We have added a new eSafety video to the BYOD page on the school website. It comes from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. This Office replaces the Government’s previous cybersmart initiative.
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is a one-stop-shop for online safety.
The Office provides Australians a range of up-to-date information and resources, coupled with a comprehensive complaints system to assist children who experience serious cyberbullying.
The video contains some practical information for young people on topics such as cyberbullying, password protection and online friendships.
I’m excited about Google Apps For Education (GAFE) and how that can transform learning at KHS. All DEC staff and students now have access to a wide range of applications through their DEC portal. These include Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets and Google Classroom. Using Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer, students access their DEC portal, then click on the Learning menu (left hand side) and select Google Apps.
The Google Classroom icon is available there. I am using Google Classroom with my Year 11 Community and Family Studies class and I am excited about its use for a few reasons:
* It allows students to access my course from wherever, whenever.
* It doesn’t matter what device they are using – PCs, laptops and tablets are good, but there is a Google Classroom App for phones too.
* Students can comment, chat and upload work. It encourages regular writing and shows a history of the student’s involvement in that class.
* Unlimited storage capacity through Google Drive (central cloud-based hub for the creation of Google documents – eg Slides, Sheets, Docs).
* Seamless integration between Google Classroom and the many functions on offer through Google Drive.
In Term 2, I’ll be doing a lot of promotion and training regarding GAFE for both teachers and students at Kincumber High School.