At Coburg High School, we believe that digital technology serves an important role in education in terms of enabling deeper and richer learning experiences. We have been an Apple Distinguished School for our effective and innovative use of technology, and we make a conscious effort to incorporate our academic curriculum with the tools and technologies that students are familiar with.
At our school, students use their MacBooks and a range of educational and professional software for a range of purposes, including to:
- Make notes and records; organise information for later access and use.
- Search for information; learn important research skills.
- Create multimedia and produce movies, music, podcasts and digital art.
- Write and edit material in a range of genres, sequence a digital story.
- Index and arrange a database; extract, graph and apply data.
- Set goals and monitor progress towards goals.
- Make calculations, carry out virtual experiments and examine phenomena.
- Write code and develop apps and software of their own.
- Discuss topics in forums, moderate discussions or debates, hold webinars and video conferences.
- Develop public speaking skills; create compelling presentations.
- Generate hypotheses, undertake inquiries and research, and conduct online surveys.
- Build and maintain a positive online presence and identity.
An Apple School
We are proud to be an Apple school because it enables us to use powerful, reliable, intuitive and easy-to-use hardware and software as a key component of our learning program. The MacBooks are simple to set up and use, contain powerful built-in apps, and perform reliably for significantly longer on average than a typical PC. They offer various accessibility options for students who may require visual, auditory or motor accomodations, and they don’t need anti-virus software. Support for Apple products is just as good — there are multiple Apple Store locations in Melbourne that offer free advice and support alongside in- and out-of-warranty repair services and the AppleCare helpline. There are also a number of Apple Authorised Service Providers in Melbourne that offer similar services.
Simply put: Apple notebooks remain one of the best tools to deliver cutting-edge, innovative learning experiences in our classrooms. Many of the Apple-only applications we use, such as iMovie, GarageBand and Keynote, are used because there is simply no equivalent elsewhere. But the Mac also allows all the standard software you would expect, such as Microsoft Office 365, the Adobe Creative Cloud suite and Google apps such as Google Docs and Google Drive. At Coburg High School, we have thoughtfully selected the software we use in order to maximise student outcomes, and we continue to adapt and reassess our digital approach in line with the latest research, developments and student/parent feedback.
For a copy of our school IT policy, click here.
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.
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 and download Student Progress Reports.
Click here to access Compass.
Wikis and (the new) COGS
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 here to access the Wikis.
Note that in 2019 and 2020 we are gradually transforming our curriculum to the even more interactive Google interface through our COGS portal. Below is a sample of the Coburg Online Google Sites (COGS) portal that students can access at school and at home: