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Computers and BYOD

Information and Communication Technology is integral to learning. The use of ICTs can accelerate, enable, improve and transform student learning in all key learning areas and phases of education. 
Through use of ICTs, teachers can engage the digital generation, improve individual learning opportunities, spark innovation and enhance pedagogy. 
 
Access to school devices is dependent on school and resource fees being up to date at all times.
 
BYOD Transition Pl​​​an
Browns Plains State High School is transitioning to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model, for computers and other personal electronic devices, due to the cessation of the National Secondary Schools Computer Fund (NSSCF).
 
BYOD Parent Information.docx (please read for further details)

In 2016
  • Year 10, 11, 12 & specialty subjects (Graphics, IT, Media): by the end of the year majority of students will need to bring their own device (BYOD) to school. 
  • Year 7,8 & 9: Students may bring their own device however access to computers will be available – students will be required to bring their own device from 2017
 
In 2017 it is expected that majority of students will have transitioned to the BYOD model.
 
Read the Acceptable Usage Agreement for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) & ICT Facilities and Devices BYOD + ICT agreement for information about:
·         School, student and parent responsibilities
·         Acceptable use
·         Device specifications and software requirements
 
Please Note:  All students and parents must sign the usage agreement before access to the schools ICT network, facilities and devices (including BYOD) is enabled.
 
BYOD Solutions
 
The following links are supplied for parents to access BYOD information and devices. The school does not endorse any one supplier as this is a parent choice. 
 
JB HiFi:  Link coming soon
 
Email
Email can be accessed from any internet enabled device - http://owa.eq.edu.au​
 
Backup your Device & USB Drives 
Please ensure you and your child uses a backup program to ensure data (including assignments, homework and images) are not lost.
  • PC Devices can use a program like Create Synchronicity or any other backup software of your choice that allows for incremental backup (saves time by only backing up new or changed files).
  • Mac Devices can use Time Machine (already installed on all Mac Devices)
 
Elearn - Blackboard Online Classroom
Elearn can be accessed from home by visiting http://elearn.eq.edu.au students can also install the BlackBoard Mobile app and use the search term "DETE" to find the Department of Education Queensland Learning Place code once the app has been installed. Students use their normal school login username and password.
 
Microsoft Office (Free to Staff and Students)
Microsoft Student Advantage allows students with BYOD to install Microsoft Office on up to 5 of their BYODs. Click here to download your copy of Microsoft Office. You need to sign into this page with your school email address and password.
 
Virus Protection
Using your own device at school or the office, you need security that adapts to the platform. Norton are offering Norton Security with Backup at a special discount for students, teachers and staff of the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment. Click here for the link.
 
Adobe CC - Photoshop
For installation files please see IT in the communication building before school or first lunch.
 
Microsoft Certification
Our school has registered as a Certiport Authorised Testing Centre (CATC). This enables your child to be trained in utilising Microsoft Software packages and work towards achieving internationally recognised certifications delivered through the Certiport Exam Portal.  Each successful certificate achieved by your child will entitle them to receive 1 credit point towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
 
If students wish to undertake a Microsoft Exam (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, One Note etc) then a permission form needs to be completed and returned to Mrs Cole (business building).  
 
Use the following sites to help prepare for the exam.
1)   GMetrix Practice Testing Software
Click here to download GMetrix:
Students can undertake Microsoft Office tests (and more) from year 10 to gain QCE points. If your child wants to practice for these tests, then please have them download GMetrix onto any PC with office 2013, and they can practice before they sit the real test. For full details please see Mrs Cole in the Business Building.
 
2)   Microsoft IT Academy
Click here to go to MSITA
: The Microsoft IT Academy offers more than 400 information technology courses for state high schools students. The courses are self-paced, covering a range of topics for people new and experienced in IT. Novices can learn how to get started with Microsoft software such as Word and PowerPoint. The academy is a joint initiative of Microsoft and the Department of Education and Training.
 
All information regarding Microsoft can be obtained from Mrs Cole in the Business Building.
 
Help and Support
  • Mornings from 8:30am
  • 1st Lunch
 
The school provides a range of technical support to assist students with difficulties*. This is available from 8.30am in the mornings and 1st lunch in the technician’s room. Full support is provided for school provided devices. Limited support for BYOD may be available such as assistance with connection to the school’s wireless facilities and installation of specialist software.
 
*Access to school devices and support is dependent on school and resource fees being up to date at all times.​​​​​​
 
 
Video Tutorials and Support (All Queenslanders)
Lynda.com
The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) now has free access to Lynda.com for all QLD residents. To access this excellent resources so that you or your child can learn computer programs, please:
 
1.    Join SLQ by clicking Here
2.    Once you have joined up with SLQ, and have a username and password, click Here
 
Harvard Generator
Harvard Generator is a free tool that allows you to quickly and easily format references and sources in the correct Harvard Referencing Format.   http://www.harvardgenerator.com/