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.
The Mac Platform
Waverley College uses the Mac platform for teaching and learning with individual Macbook Air’s issued to every student from Years 5 to Year 12. New students are issued with a devcie 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 comes complete with a range of creative tools such as 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, PowerSchool.
Students have access to Google Apps for Education, which provides each student with email (Gmail) and a personal drive.
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. Policies relating to Information Technology matters 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.
PowerSchool – Learning Management System (LMS)
PowerSchool 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 PowerSchool at their commencement. Continuing students from the Junior School will maintain the same login details. PowerSchool is accessed via a link on the school website. Parents are very welcome to explore Haiku through their son’s account.
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. Students require their student ID card to print.
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.
Webfiltering at home
Waverley does not provide web filtering at home as the Cyberhound product we use in school only monitors traffic whilst students are on campus. Students and parents are not granted admin access to their machines and as such are unable to install web filtering agents to these devices. However, we do recommend solutions such as OpenDNS Family Shield or FamilyZone which operate on the home router and provides a method of sanitising all web content in the home. Details on these products can be found by clicking this link to download our Tech note.
Waverley has recently partnered with FamilyZone to offer its families access to their tools and for managing internet use when away from 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, there are some suggested solutions details of which can be found in this Tech note.
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: 7.30am 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/
Documentation & resources for families
|iBroker insurance form||Download|
|iLearn Warranty form||Download|
|Personal Electronic Device policy||Download|
|2017 iLearn Handbook||Download|
|iAssist Tech note on Webfiltering||Download|
|iAssist Tech note on Self Control Apps||Download|
|iAssist Tech note on Spam Email||Download|