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Take Home Computer Program. Parent Information Evening Wednesday February 12 th 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm. You should have received an ‘Information for Parents’ booklet with an ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ as the last page. (It is pink) Today’s session: Explanation of the program

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Take home computer program

Take Home Computer Program

Parent Information Evening

Wednesday February 12th 2014

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Take home computer program

You should have received an ‘Information for Parents’ booklet with an ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ as the last page. (It is pink)

Today’s session:

  • Explanation of the program

  • Obligations for students and parents

  • Questions

Take home computer program

What is the Take Home Computer program?

  • Every Year 10, 11 and 12 student at GSC will receive a notebook computer.

  • This computer remains the property of the school until the start of November 2014.

  • The student is allowed to take the laptop home at nights, weekends, holidays, etc.

  • There are no up-front or ongoing costs to families

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  • Schools need to keep pace with the way technology is used in the community.

  • Most students have a computer at home, but there can be problems getting access when it is shared with siblings etc.

  • Allows teachers to plan activities and assignments without being restricted by access to computers.

  • Students will still do hand-written work in class, and continue to use paper textbooks.

  • The computers are an additional tool, and allow students to do things which pen and paper can’t do.

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What will the students receive?

  • A Dell Inspiron M102z–AMD Dual core E – 450 Accelerated processor / 4GB RAM / 320GB HDD /  11.6” HDWLED Display, WLAN (802.11 a/b/g/n)

  • Power adapter

  • A Contego Armoured Slipcase to store the computer

  • Pre-installed software (Windows 8.1)

  • Customised ID skin

    All items remain the property of the school, and must be returned if the student leaves the school.

    These computers are 3 yrs old and…..

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Events which are covered by the insurance policy:

  • Accidental damage (e.g. dropped, stepped on).

  • Liquid spills.

  • Accidental loss (e.g. left on the bus) except where listed below.

    Events not covered by the insurance policy:

  • Theft or damage while left in an unlocked or unoccupied building or vehicle.

  • The computer is stolen or damaged by an immediate family member, or someone whom the student has allowed to use it.

  • Power supplies

  • The computer is stolen or damaged while left unattended in the open air (e.g. at a park. Any loss or damage which occurs outside Australia.

  • Damage caused by acts of God or natural disasters, animals, pets, pests, intentional acts or fire. Deliberate damage.

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IT Support

  • Students will receive IT Support from the school technicians.

  • Unless absolutely essential, students should not visit the technicians during class time.

  • Dell has provided a support line for out of hours: 1300 655 533

  • It is students’ responsibility to back-up their data.

  • Please avoid getting technical support from friends or family members!

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Loan Computers

  • When a computer is being repaired, or is subject to a warranty/insurance claim, the student will be issued a loan computer.

  • These computers can usually be taken home, subject to the same requirements as other computers.

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Using the Internet at Home

  • Students may use their Take Home computer to connect to their home internet connection.

  • Only wireless and Ethernet connections may be used – students cannot use a USB dongle / portable internet connection to connect to the internet from their laptop.

  • This connection is not filtered by the school, however the Acceptable Use Agreement still applies. Contact your ISP for filtering at home.

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Returning the Computer

  • Students must return the computer and accessories (in good working order) as soon as they become ineligible for the program.

  • If a student does not return the computer, they will be sent a written reminder. If the computer is not returned within 28 days, it may become a legal matter.

  • All insurance will cease at the start of November 2014. Software support from school will continue.

  • After the 31st October 2014 ownership of the computer including accessories will revert to the student.

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“Why can’t I just bring my own computer?”

  • Software which the school purchases can only be installed on computers which the school owns. Teachers need to be able to plan lessons with the knowledge that all students have the same software.

  • Issues of cost and equity.

  • Not secured and managed by the school.

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Choosing Not To Participate

  • A student, or their parent/guardian, may choose not to participate in the program.

  • Students not participating in the program must collect their computer from the Library at the start of the day and return it at the end of the day.

  • The obligations still apply to using this computer while at school.

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Obligations for Students

  • Follow the ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ at all times when using this computer

    • Just because you can doesn’t mean you’re allowed to!

    • May not install any software.

    • May not use it for games, Facebook, social media, etc.

  • Bring the computer to school fully charged every day.

  • Bring the computer to every class, except when the teacher has instructed them not to.

  • Follow teacher instructions regarding use of the computer.

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Obligations for Students (continued)

  • Inform the technicians as soon as they notice any faults or damage.

  • Must not attempt to disassemble the computer or remove any parts. (anti tamper stickers are placed on the laptop to ensure this).

  • Keep the computer in its case when not being used.

  • Keep all items in good condition - no graffiti, stickers etc.

    • If a case or ID skin is lost or damaged, the student must purchase a replacement. They must use a loan computer until a replacement is purchased.

    • ID Skin = $20

    • Case = $35

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Obligations for Students (continued)

  • Secure the computer in their locker when it is not being used at school.

  • When travelling to/from school, keep the computer inside its case, and keep the case inside their school-bag.

  • Return the computer and all accessories, in good working order, when instructed to do so.

    Failure to comply with these obligations will result in consequences such as After-School Detentions, Suspensions, or revoking the right to take the computer home.

    In extreme cases, matters may be referred to the police.

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Obligations for Parents/Guardians

  • If an insurance claim is required, send the computer to the school technicians and complete any required documentation (e.g. police report, statutory declaration).

  • Pay the full cost of replacement or repair if the computer or accessories are damaged, lost or stolen, and not covered by insurance.

  • Provide locations at home where the computer can be safely used and stored.

  • Support the school to ensure their son/daughter fulfils his/her obligations.

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What now?

  • Questions?

  • Please keep the ‘Information for Parents’ booklet. This contains important information which we don’t have time to cover in this session.

  • Students and parents/guardians need to sign and submit the agreement form. This can be done now if you wish.

  • All documents are also available on the school website.

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The first step

  • Once the documentation has been handed over in the EAL room, you will receive the computer and charger.

  • You/the student will then provide the Student ID number which will be written on the netbook skin.

  • The netbook will then be scanned onto the Library computer as would any item that is borrowed.

  • Before use, the computer must be logged onto at school, only after this step can it be used at home, etc.


  • For internet use at home, proxy pal may need to be changed. See leaflet for details.