What if we already have a computer at home?
Students will be using their laptops in class each day and are expected to continue their work at home. They should continue working on their laptops at home using the same files and software they're using at school.
What if we don't have internet access at home?
My child already has a lot to carry for sport, music and classwork. How much does the laptop weigh?
You don't need internet access at home for your child to use their laptop at home. They can work with files and software already loaded or saved to a memory stick (USB drive) without connecting to the internet.
The laptops weigh just over 1 kg and fit easily into a school backpack.
What happens if my child's laptop breaks?
If the laptop breaks, you should tell the school as soon as possible. Laptops and batteries are covered by a manufacturer's warranty. The warranty covers manufacturer's defects and normal use of the laptop. It does not cover negligence, abuse or malicious damage.
What happens if the laptop is damaged, lost or stolen during school holidays?
What happens if the laptop is accidentally lost or damaged?
If the laptop is damaged, lost or stolen during school holidays, you will need to submit this form to notify the Department as soon as possible. (Remember to report it to the police if the laptop has been stolen).
If the laptop is accidentally lost or damaged, you should tell the school as soon as possible. You will need to complete and sign a Laptop Incident Report and a Statutory Declaration outlining the facts. The declaration will need to be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace or a solicitor. The student will receive a loan laptop while the allocated laptop is being repaired or replaced.
What happens if the laptop is stolen or vandalised?
If the laptop is stolen or vandalised, you should tell the police and the school as soon as possible. If out of school hours, you should notify the school the next school day.
The police will give you an official number. You'll need this number before a replacement laptop can be provided. You will need to complete and sign a Laptop Incident Report. Your child will then receive a loan device whilst the allocated laptop is being repaired or replaced.
If the laptop is lost, damaged or stolen, what will happen to my child's schoolwork?
It is your child's responsibility to regularly save a copy of their schoolwork, also known as 'backing up' their work.
How should my child back up their work?
Regularly backing up work is your child's responsibility. This should be done at the end of each session of study. They should save their work to their laptop and then save a copy to their online storage area called 'My Locker'. Schoolwork saved here will be able to be retrieved by them.
If your child doesn't have access to My Locker, they can back up using a memory stick (USB drive) or by emailing files to their own email address.
Are there any health risks using laptops?
Students will be taught how to use their laptops safely. This includes information on safe charging, posture and eye fatigue. For advice see Healthy habits for using laptops.
What's to stop an unscrupulous student selling their laptop and then claiming it has been stolen?
All laptops have extensive hardware and software security measures. These security measures will disable stolen laptops and will help to track and prosecute thieves. As soon as any laptop is stolen or lost, the school will lock it down. No one will be able to log in to the laptop. If the laptop is connected to the internet, even with a new operating system, it will report its location.
Under what circumstances can my child lose the right to a laptop?
Your principal can decide to withdraw access to a laptop or the permission to take a laptop home. Circumstances might include your child:
- repeatedly not bringing the laptop to school for lessons
- repeatedly abusing the use of the laptop, for example using the laptop to engage in cyberbullying
- not caring for the laptop responsibly
- having too many incidents of loss or damage.
A student in these circumstances will still-in most cases-have access to a laptop at school but will not be allowed to take a laptop home.
Is my child protected when using the internet at school? What about at home?
Your child is protected when using their laptop at school and at home by filters that block inappropriate internet material.
Can my child personalise their laptop?
Yes! The stick-on skin supplied with the laptop can be drawn and written on.
Will my child be taught how to care for their laptop?
Your child will receive guidance on good laptop care, including safe use and charging. For advice see Taking care of your laptop.
Won't my child's handwriting suffer from using a keyboard all day long?
School will provide plenty of opportunities for handwriting, including under test conditions.
However, effective use of a computer is a skill they will need in their post-school lives.
Will my child be safe carrying an expensive laptop to school?
Your child will be encouraged to keep their laptop in their school bag when travelling to and from school. Anti-theft measures remove the incentive to steal the laptop, helping to protect your child.
Won't students be able to cheat by using a spellchecker?
A spellchecker is an online editing tool. Students need to develop skills in the use of this tool, as well as the online dictionary, thesaurus and other editing tools, to become effective users of technology.
Can my child charge their laptop at school?
There will be very limited access for charging at school. In most cases, a student whose laptop is not charged will be unable to use it.
What happens if my child forgets to bring their laptop to school?
Forgetting the laptop will be the same as leaving textbooks at home. They can participate in the lesson but perhaps not as fully as otherwise. Repeatedly leaving a laptop at home or bringing it uncharged could lead to a warning or losing the right to take the laptop home.
Can my child access the internet anywhere with their school laptop?
Your child can access the internet at school. School networks are wireless, which means within a certain geographical boundary (usually classrooms, the library and the school grounds), students are able to use their laptop to login to the school portal without needing to plug in any cables.
If you have the internet connected at home, your child can also access it there. If you don't have access to the internet at home, your child can still use the software on their laptop to work on their schoolwork.