iLearn at Waverley
Two of the key pillars of our strategic development at Waverley College have been Innovation & Environment and Resources. These strategies reflect our commitment to helping our students engage with learning through access to devices and resources that reflect contemporary technology.
Apple Computer Platform
Waverley College uses the Apple computer platform for teaching and learning with individual Macbook Air laptops issued to every student from Years 5 to Year 12. New students are issued with a Macbook Air shortly after their commencement in Term 1. Information sessions for students and parents are held to familiarise them with the device and to explain the rights and responsibilities of students, care and maintenance, and internet use and protection.
The Macbook Air comes complete with a range of creative tools such as MS Office for Mac, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite and Inspiration. Devices are fully supported by the in-house IT support team, known as iAssist, and also by Apple outside of school hours. All students are provided with a network account with a common password for all services. They are also provided with access to the school Learning Management System, Haiku.
Students have access to Google Apps for Education, which provides each student with email (Gmail) and a personal drive. This is reserved for students to save school-related material and can be easily accessed from home. All new students to Waverley College are issued with their own school email address. Students should check their emails daily during term time.
Email and internet monitoring
All email and internet use is monitored to ensure that these facilities are used for the purpose of curriculum delivery. The school has policies in place to deal with any breach of the acceptable use of email and internet. These policies and others relating to Information Technology matters can be easily viewed on the Policy page and are fully explained when laptops are issued.
A Technology Levy is billed to the student’s school account to cover hire of the laptop, bag, software and licences, insurance, external hard drive, protective cover, iAssist helpdesk and other expenses.
The Haiku – Learning Management System (LMS)
Haiku is the Waverley Learning Management System. It provides the teacher and students with the ability to create “learning communities” where teachers are able to share resources and content materials with students. New students will be provided with a login for Haiku at their commencement. Continuing students from the Junior School will maintain the same login details. Haiku is accessed via a link on the school website. Parents are very welcome to explore Haiku through their son’s account.
My eDiary – Electronic Homework Diary
All students are required to use eDiary as the place to note their homework details. Parents will also be issued with a login (email and password). This software will provide parents with the ability to check their son’s homework and assignment information. It has further features which include an electronic calendar with the ability to include the school timetable and all the dates of the global school calendar. The eDiary mirrors the hardcopy school diary. eDiary also has a message system (called iMessage) that allows parents to easily send a message directly to their son’s teacher. We encourage parents to use eDiary on a regular basis.
The College implements a comprehensive education program on cybersafety for all students annually. Cybersafety resources and reporting mechanisms are available on the How to stay safe online page.
Students are allocated a $5 credit at the start of the school year for printing. They are able to top up this account in the Library as required. Page costs are 1 cent for black and white prints and 10 cents for colour prints.
The laptops are issued with a cover and carry case that must be used at all times. School bags are also fitted with a specialised pocket for storage of the laptop. Student lockers are fitted with an additional internal cage to securely accommodate student laptops should they need to be stored at school.
iAssist recommend a number of applications that allow students to monitor and self control their internet usage. As students are not administrators of their laptops, applications such as ‘Self Control’, ‘antisocial’ and ‘Freedom’ are not viable, however, listed below are a range of alternatives:
For Chrome Users
Go to https://chrome.google.com/webstore in the Chrome Web Store (which is accessible by students when in school) the following plug-ins can be used to self manage internet time and use:
For Safari Users
By going to https://extensions.apple.com Students can install an extension to the browser which allows timed access to certain sites or timed exclusion from sites:
iAssist staff can assist students with how to obtain any of these applications and assist with setting them up.
iAssist Onsite/School Hours Support
Waverley has a team of IT professionals who are onsite to provide you with technical support for your laptop. If you encounter any issues – or if you just need help with your Laptop during the school day, you can speak to an Waverley iAssist technician by taking your Laptop to the Waverley iAssist Office during break times.
The Waverley iAssist Office is located in room E15 on the first floor of the East Wing.
Opening Hours for the Waverley iAssist Office: 8.00am to 4.30pm during normal term time.
Non-school Hours (Weekends / Holidays) Hotline: Apple Australia Help desk facility is available to students during non-school hours. The Help Desk can be contacted by calling 13 36 22. The Serial number of the laptop will need to be provided when calling. Online support apple support and Links: apple support http://www.apple.com/au/support/