John Therry Catholic College is a technology rich school, which integrates technology into all aspects of learning and teaching. We believe that students at John Therry should be equipped to deal with the digital world in which we live. To achieve this, John Therry Catholic College implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program for all students from Year 7 through to Year 12. This is a compulsory program and is a condition of enrolment.
John Therry Catholic College is committed to providing students with innovative and engaging learning opportunities focused on meeting the present and future needs of all students. We utilise digital technology as a tool to enhance their creativity and critical thinking skills so that the learning outcomes are presented with depth and quality.
Chromebook in the Classroom
The adoption of the BYOD program at John Therry Catholic College has extended the learning environment from the physical constraints of the classroom to give our students the capability to collaborate, share information and experiences, work across disciplines and take control of their learning. Students and teachers now have access to a range of tools which assist in making learning richer and more engaging.
The Purchase of a device is a major decision and a significant expense. John Therry Catholic College has taken strides to integrate device use into many aspects of teaching and learning. Your investment allows the school to maximise learning outcomes for your child and for all students. Any student commencing from 2018 are expected to bring a Chromebook while existing students may continue to use their current device.
Parents may choose to purchase their child’s Chromebook through the purchasing portal on the school website or from a retailer of their own choosing. Students are expected to bring their own device to school every day. The school requests that every student have a case, bag or sleeve to protect their device and a set of headphones for use when listening to multimedia resources in order to minimise noise levels in class.
The BYOD program is supported by technology equipped classrooms including Apple TVs, wireless internet access and highly trained staff, allowing digital technology to be integrated across the curriculum in a limitless number of exciting and engaging ways. We use a combination of digital and paper textbooks and integrate many internet or cloud-based services into the daily student experience. All faculties are committed to developing increased integration with the BYOD program over the coming years.
Students have access to their learning and resources anywhere via Compass and its link to the Google Suite, which provides a flexible, secure and personalised learning environment. Parents also have access to information about their child's learning via the Parent Portal.
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Research indicates that using technology in the school setting results in students who are more active, engaged, and more likely to take pride and ownership in their learning. Regular technology use will increase self-advocacy skills including seeking assistance, conducting research, problem solving, and communication. Student confidence will grow as they rely less on the teacher and more on their own initiative for knowledge-creation.
Creating content for a larger audience provides students with an authentic purpose; they will be motivated to edit, revise and produce a higher quality of work. Through the students’ use of digital tools, the focus of activity will shift from teachers to students. Inquiry-based, student-directed methods will replace lecture-based methods. Learners will be more active as they solve problems, answer questions, brainstorm, work in teams, debate, and formulate questions of their own. Interactive tools, digital resources, and creation/production tools will enable deeper study. Teachers will be better able to modify, extend and individualize digital content based on student need.
By introducing Chromebooks to the 1:1 program John Therry Catholic College aims to support all students in improving student engagement, participation and achievement. Chromebooks are a powerful tool for collaboration, active participation, critical thinking, innovation and discovery. They allow students to personalise their learning to suit their individual needs, abilities and interests.
You can purchase a Chromebook through our EducomIT portal or through our HP portal. Please note that you do not have to buy through one of our portals however HP have assured us that it is the cheapest as well as having a complimentary 3 year warranty which is only offered through HP directly.
Macbook and Windows Devices (Year 10-12)
As our students progress into senior school it is important that our students have the technology to do the very best that they can. As some subjects have major works and other highly demanding tasks, it is important that students have access to various software and better processors. For this reason we allow students to bring either a Windows or Apple Laptop to school. It doesn't matter which device is purchased as it does come down to preference and what families are use to. If you have any questions about a device please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we have been able to setup a portal directly with HP which offers a standard 3 year warranty on all laptops and we have put a range of products on the portal for all budgets and purposes. Along with this there is an opportunity to purchase additional warranty that covers accidental damage such as breaking the screen (which has a $50 excess for each claim). You can purchase a HP Windows laptop through this portal, or alternatively purchase a Macbook through here.