Frequently Asked Questions

How will my child be using this device?

Children will:
-access teaching and learning materials in the shared Google Classroom;
-research and curate relevant information and objects related to the topic of inquiry for History, Geography, Health, Civics and Citizenship etc;
-use audio and video aps and programs to present ideas and demonstrate their learning and understandings;
-collaborate with others in real-time on shared pieces of work;
-use digital tools and spaces to communicate and collaborate with peers and teachers;
-Create and design their own content. ‘Research finds that students learn more when they use technology to create new content themselves, rather than being the recipients of content designed by others’. Zielezinski & Darling-Hammond, 2014.

Will my child be disadvantaged if I do not purchase a Chromebook for his/her use?
St Anthony’s has a commitment that all children will have access to ICT in order to meet the requirements of the curriculum.  This may involve sharing a computer or having rotations whereby small groups work with a limited number of computers.  The advantage of having one to one access is that each child has automatic access to the internet.  Teachers can work with large groups or even the entire class at one time. Children can physically pick up their computer and go to another workspace. Work can be posted online and children can work on it when and where they like.

What software should the device contain?
The benefit of using Chromebooks is that the Google Suite of apps are included free. In the future, there may be some Apps that the school would like purchased for your child’s Chromebook.  Teachers and the ICT Facilitator will contact parents and explain the purpose and if any costs are associated with the installation of these Apps.

What support will be provided for the use of the device?
St Anthony’s will assist your child in his/her basic usage of the device with troubleshooting and sorting out minor technical issues, however parents (through the supplier warranty) will be responsible for any major hardware issues that may arise with the device.

How do I manage my child’s usage at home?
BYODD is a partnership between school and home.  Ultimately the parents are the administrator and the device may be used at home in whatever capacity the parents see fit. BYODD is built upon trust and responsibility at home and school.  The child needs to know that s/he is a responsible user who can be trusted with the device.  At school there is an Acceptable Use Policy.  At home it is the parent’s responsibility to set the parameters of acceptable use that they are comfortable with.  If parents have a concern with a school related task being done at home, then they should talk to their child’s teacher.

Will the use of the device cause disease or damage to my child’s eyes?
‘Computer screens have been blamed for a wide range of health problems.  However, there is no evidence that screens cause disease or permanent damage to eyes’. (Australian Government Comcare 2012). Good classroom pedagogy ensures that children will not be sitting at their computer for long periods of time.

How will my child identify his/her device?
The use of personalized computer covers, name labels, stickers and other identifying marks and the personalised Google Classroom logon page will identify your child’s device by simply opening the screen.

How safe is online collaboration?
The educational value of collaboration is well documented in research literature.  At school level, we are able to safeguard the student’s work through the advanced filtering system provided by our Catholic Education IT department.

Do I need virus protection?
No. The Google suite of apps is highly protected.  The school will advise you if there is any change in regard to this. Google states that they provide 24/7 support. Virus protection is built in, and the operating system stays up to date automatically.

How will teachers cope with the technology?
Teachers are the learning experts in the classroom, so technical proficiency is of less importance than pedagogical proficiency.  St Anthony’s staff have already attended Professional Learning in the use of Chromebooks.  We have appointed a dedicated IT Facilitator for two days per week. St Anthony’s staff are already committed learners and we will continue to focus on relevant professional learning in the area of ICT.  The children themselves and parents are also great resources in this area.

What content security will be in place?
At school all outside connectivity is monitored through the school's internet filtering system when using their Catholic Education Google account.  Thus access to inappropriate material is blocked.  Parents would need to monitor home use in the same way they currently monitor home computer access.

Can students access social media?
All social media sites have an age limit of 13 years and are therefore blocked by the school’s filtering system.


Where and how will the device be stored during non-class periods?

The school currently does not allow devices of any kind to be used during non-class time. All devices are to be stored within classrooms, which are locked during these periods. This process will apply to BYODD Chromebooks as well. Our physical storage and storage policy will develop and change as the number of devices increase and we will continue to monitor and plan ahead to ensure we can facilitate safe storage moving forward.

Are parents still required to pay the technology levy as a part of the school fees?
Yes.  The technology fee is an important source of funding that allows the school to maintain all areas of technology access, including infrastructure costs, security and other resources.

How much time is spent on the Chromebook each day in class?
This will vary on how the teacher and student decide to use the device to support their learning.  A range of mediums may be used for creating a presentation, story writing, using a dictionary, referring to the bible, internet searching for various items, collaborating on a task or downloading information/photos to use.  The potential is endless; however, the technology is simply a tool to support the learning.

Will my child stop handwriting?
Chromebooks complement what children are doing in the classroom rather than replacing key elements of learning such as handwriting. At times students will type notes and publish work on their Chromebooks, however it is not the primary use of the Chromebook and students will not be permitted to do this all the time. Handwriting will remain an integral part of the curriculum.

Where can I purchase a suitable Chromebook? 
A link to our suggested supplier will be available on our school website. The link will take you to a purchasing portal that will allow you to select the designated device as well as optional accessories, warranties and insurances.

How will the school evaluate success?
The effectiveness of the program will be evaluated in the same way in which all educational programs are evaluated. Qualitative data will come from classroom observation and the engagement of the student. Quantitative data will come from how well the students achieve the learning outcomes set by the teacher based on the curriculum.

If you have a problem with your child’s use of his/her Chromebook or require further information or clarification on any of the above information, please contact the school.