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Our Glen Forrest Campus is a 1-to-1 laptop school, with each student from Years 6-12 having their own Apple laptop. This enables them to take advantage of the many high-quality interactive learning resources that are now available. Digital literacy requires a practical knowledge of current information and communication technologies and an understanding of how they can be used at school, at home and in the workplace.
The ability to locate, organise, understand, evaluate, and analyse information using digital technology is essential for all students.
The school administers a laptop levy programme, making it easier for parents to manage the cost of the device. Helena also holds ICT Information evenings for our parents to learn about staying safe online, the laptop programme and the software the students will be using. Students are educated on all aspects of correct use of their laptops, including touch typing lessons in Year 6 and developing awareness of the importance of correct ergonomics. In keeping with the school ethos, students are reminded of the importance of personal responsibility when it comes to correct use of laptops.
Cyber safety is addressed in many subjects and Facebook and other social media sites are blocked on the College network. As well, teachers have the facility to use ‘remote desktop’, allowing them to view what is on screen for every student.
For further information on the laptop programme at Helena College, please contact Bob Simpson, Deputy Principal – Curriculum.
For technical support please contact the ICT team.