Student Laptop Program

Introduction

All students will be required to bring to school a laptop suitable for use in class. Students may bring any laptop which meets the minimum specifications set out below.

Rationale

At Pascoe Vale Girls College, we believe that it is important to prepare students for the world of work that they will enter when they complete study. The Committee for the Economic Development of Australia report titled Australia's Future Workforce? estimates that 40% of current Australian jobs will be replaced by automation in the next 10 to 20 years. Our aim is to provide our students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to thrive in this environment. We do not believe that the presence of technology, when taken in isolation, will improve our students' learning. However, when the presence of student laptops is combined with changes in teaching practice and whole-school organisation, then research shows that positive effects begin to emerge. We are committed to developing our teaching practice to make the most of the opportunities offered by a student laptop environment, and we are continually developing our whole-school organisation to take advantage of ICT. The development of the college's teaching, learning and organisation is therefore a shared effort between staff, students and parents which we believe will increase engagement, organisation, communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking in our students.

Student Laptop Program Model

Our Student Laptop Program aims to provide families with the greatest degree of flexibility possible, while also providing options that we believe will be of the greatest benefit for student learning.

All students in Years 7-12 will be expected to bring a laptop to school with them every day. Before purchasing families must ensure that the laptop meets the minimum specifications required for connection to the college network and for effective learning to take place. These are set out below.

You may bring a laptop that you already own as long as it meets the specifications below.

Minimum Specifications

 

Microsoft Windows

Mac

Processor Intel i3 equivalent or higher Intel i3 equivalent or higher
RAM 4GB+

4GB+

Storage/Hard drive capacity

128GB+ HDD

128GB+ HDD

Operating system

Windows 8.1+

MAC OS x v10.8+

Screen resolution

1368 x 768 +

1368 x 768 +

Wifi card

Wireless N/AC

Wireless N/AC

Battery life

6 hours +

6 hours +

Virus protection


Antivirus suite, fully functioning, regularly updated


Antivirus suite, fully functioning, regularly updated