Technology.

We have been an Apple Distinguished School for our effective and innovative use of technology to transform student learning.

At Coburg High School students use their MacBooks and a range of educational software to:

  • search for and bookmark information, retrieve files, view informative video, read eBooks, upload materials (observing copyright) and share links
  • summarise, paraphrase, make inferences, and critique online information sources
  • make notes and records; organise information for later access and use
  • develop and maintain an overall portfolio of learning; blog reflectively
  • set goals and monitor progress towards goals
  • make a plan of action, develop and maintain a schedule, and use reminder systems
  • make multimedia and produce movies and podcasts
  • write and edit material in a range of genres, sequence a digital story
  • do coding and develop apps of their own
  • make calculations, carry out virtual experiments and examine phenomena
  • generate hypotheses, undertake inquiries and research, and conduct online survey
  • index and arrange a database; extract, graph and apply data
  • solve a range of problem types
  • communicate with others locally and internationally
  • discuss topics in forums, moderate discussions or debates, hold webinars and video conferences
  • present information effectively in a range of formats and modes
  • build and maintain a positive online presence and identity

We teach students to use Apple software apps–particularly Pages, Numbers, iMovie, Garageband, iBooks, KeyNote and PhotoBooth–but students also have access to Office 365 and the Adobe creative suite and we also use regularly use Google Sheets, Google Docs and Google forms. Students learn a range of platforms and software.

Bring Your Own Mac policy

Click here for a copy of our school IT policy: CHS BYOD Policy Handbook 2017

Key expectations for technology use at school

Students are responsible for protecting their electronic property. This includes storing them in a locker when not using them, and marking computers/chargers with identifiers. We recommend that everyone has Apple Care enabled for their MacBook and independent insurance.

The school encourages students to spend recess and lunchtime outdoors and off of their computers. Sometimes however we have screen-permissible days, and this includes when there is a wet weather timetable.

The students’ computers are their own, and as such they are free to have downloaded content on them. They cannot however use the school’s wi-fi to download excessive content, nor can they play games/watch videos etc that are inappropriate. This includes games with violent themes.

In the minutes before classes start, students are expected to be ‘ready to learn’. This does not mean finishing games etc.

Compass

Compass is our school-wide Student & Learning Management System

All families have a log-in, and from the Compass Portal you can:

  • Check attendance
  • Download and upload learning and assessment tasks
  • Make payments for camps, excursions, school fees and more
  • Keep up to date with school events and news
  • Message teachers and school leaders
  • Book Student-Led Conferences
  • Download Student Progress Reports

Click the menu tab above to access Compass.

Wikis

Our Wikis are designed to enable students, parents and teachers to collaborate and to enable ubiquitous access to curriculum.

Every subject and every student has a series of Apple Wiki pages on our servers.

Parents can see the actual learning tasks and resources that their child is undertaking. Parents are invited into the Wiki of their child to view the work, support the thinking around a response to a task, and to assist their child to meet timelines.

Click the menu tab above to access the Wikis.