1:1 Netbook Program Questions

 

 

1)       Contact LWT Netbook Supplier (Learning With Technologies) 1300 556 788 / service@lwt.com.au

 

2)       Tell the Technicians what the problem is and they will advise you whether:

  • A) Malfunction is Software. Netbook will need to wiped and reimaged when school returns
  • B) Malfunction is Hardware and is under warranty. A technician will come out to your house. You’ll need to provide them your address and the serial number on the Netbook within 2 days
  • C) Malfunction is assessed and is not under warranty. If it is not claimable under normal warranty circumstances you will need to pay the agreed $50 excess to claim under the insurance policy.

3) Usually you’d send $50 to school, but on the holidays you’ll need to pay LWT the $50 directly in order for the repair to be completed.  A technician will come out to your house. 

4) You’ll need to provide them your address and the serial number on the Netbook. 

In the event of a replacement claim, you need to contact LWT and ask them to email Ibroker (Our insurance company) a replacement quote for the Netbook. You need to fax your claim form to Ibroker and a quote for a replacement unit from LWT.


Netbook Technical Support – LWT
Romeo 
Learning with Technologies P/L
Service Phone: 1300 556 788
Fax: 1300 550 718 
Web: http://www.lwt.com.au

Insurance - iBroker - Education Laptop Insurance

Steve 
Phone: 1300 389 083
Fax: 03) 5781 0593
Web: www.ibroker.net.au

Our Netbook Program - Questions Others Have Asked...

We appreciate your careful consideration in regards to the Netbook Program at Findon Primary School next year. If you have, any further questions please email: findonnetbooks@gmail.com If we feel your question may be one that others may be interested in, we hope you don’t mind it being posted on the website. Please state in your email if you would rather it not be on our website.

If we sign up for the lease, will the Netbook our child receives next year be brand new? Yes.  Due to a very successful uptake in 201,1and improvements they are making on student engagement and learning we have decided to purchase the current years 5 and 6 netbooks. This means that whenever a student signs up in year 4 for a 3 year lease, they will receive a new Netbook.  

What is the anticipated life expectancy of the Netbooks? It is covered by the manufacturing defect for 3 years. We could have purchased a 4 year warranty which is more expensive, which indicates Acer believes it to be feasible to offer a warranty of 4 years. It will be reimaged, meaning it will get a ‘make over’, being restored to its original image, with Windows 7 home. 

How long will each Netbook are used at school in the 1:1 program? Each Netbook will only be used in the school Netbook program for 3 years.
 
What fees will be incurred by parents who default on their lease payments?  The school is actually leasing them. So we’d get charged.  We won’t be charging a fee but if payment is not made within three days of the due date we’ll retain the Netbook at school until payment is made, as this puts the school in a difficult situation. In extreme cases where you are having difficulty making the payment you’ll need to contact the Principal and make an arrangement with her.

Are parents required to pay for a USB? This will be in the book pack, substituted by other items currently there. We are not envisaging that the book pack to cost any more. 
 
If we lease a Netbook when our child is in Grade 4, will our child keep that same Netbook for the whole 3 years?  Yes.

Can parents opt-in when their child is in Grade 5 or 6?  Yes, although this is not preferred, we’d prefer students to sign for a 3 year lease if possible, but parents will be offered the opportunity, but will most likely be offered a Netbook the school is currently leasing.

Are there lease fee reductions in place for parents who will have 2 or more children in Years 4-6 and who will be required to lease more than one Netbook? No, unfortunately as we have already reduced the price as much as we could.

How will classes be put together? Will classes purely be put together on whether they have a Netbook or not? No, classes will be mixed. Netbooks will not be the sole factor for where students are placed, rather a combination of the following criteria, for the best educational setting for your child. This policy states criteria used for class selection includes a combination of :Gender balance, Mixed ability groups using academic and social criteria, Student friendship groups; personalities and behavioural issues, Parent input in writing   asratified by School Council in March, 2011.

Why isn’t it being introduced at the secondary school level first?  High schools are aware of the benefits and many have already begun using Netbooks. All students in year 9 in all schools will receive access to a computer as part of the Federal Gov’s commitment.  DEECD envisages most high schools will have one to one, in the next five year most schools will have a Netbook program. 

I am worried my children have enough trouble remembering to bring home their jumpers, lunch boxes and drink bottles let alone an expensive piece of equipment. We are encouraging independence.  Students will have to manage without. As it is envisaged that a large percentage of work will be completed on the computer, this will result in loss of productivity. We have no control over whether they are left at home, if this becomes a large problem, perhaps we make a rule that they are to stay at school for a week if not brought into school 3 times, as this will have a negative impact on their learning. Students are required to charge their Netbook overnight and return back to school fully charged at the beginning of every day. The Netbook battery will last a typical school day. There will be one spare in each classroom to be used in exceptional circumstances.  Research has shown that insurance companies have reported very few incidents while students travel to and from school. Students should be specifically warned not to take the devices out in public, and to carry them in the protective cover provided, which should be placed within their school bags. 

Will I be able to run all programs on it? We chose a Netbook that suits the needs of what we need to do at school. Of course, we could have purchased larger notebooks, which are double the price and a lot larger in size. The programs we need at school will run smoothly on this Netbook and most programs you’ll need at home will run without problems. It is not a large Notebook or desktop computer; it is capable of doing most task as required by home use and all tasks. It is not designed to do high-end graphics programs such as Photoshop.

Questions relating to the Netbook Specs: 160 gig hard drive – which is more than enough capacity to hold the schools image and additional programs and information they’ll choose to store.
Ram – these units have the maximum ram capable of being supported in a Netbook.  Microsoft will not allow a larger ram in a Netbook. 

I am confused about what is going on with these netbooks.  I have read all of the information on your webpage but still have the following questions: I think you may be a little confused because we couldn’t fit everything about the 1:1 program into the booklet or the website that is why we encouraged parents to attend an information session.

Does she have to have a Netbook for Year 6 in 2011 at Findon? No, this is an optional program. We can only offer it to you and let you know why we are heading in this direction. The Department put out a trial where 10,000 Netbooks across 345 schools proved the 1:1 program to be successful. Many schools have trialled the program this year and have found it just as effective.  Today’s students think, connect and communicate differently from those who were at school even only a few years ago.

DEECD Netbook Trial research showed that students with 1:1 access are:

  • ·          More motivated and engaged in learning
  • ·          Better organised which improved literacy and numeracy outcomes
  • ·          Better able to collaborate and analytically think

 How much is it going to cost me for the year?  The DEECD website suggests that it will only cost parents $52 dollars per year (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/ictsupportservices/netbooks/) yet your website implies $250.

Unfortunately we were not part of DEECD Netbook trial. This was not offered to us unfortunately.

  • Neither is the four neighbouring schools already engaging in 1:1:
  •  Laurimar Primary - years 1 – 6
  •  Morang South - years 3-6
  •  Mill Park Secondary - year 9
  •  Diamond Creek East – years 5-6
  • Other schools exploring 1:1 in 2011: (also not part of the DEECD trial)
  • Mill Park Heights
  • Mill Park Primary
  • Morang South – expanding


Findon Primary will rent to parents at a cost of $250 per year.  ($20.80 a month / $4.80 a week)

The all inclusive rental package consists of

  • Netbook
  • Case
  • Protective cover with Findon Primary logo on it to prevent scratches
  • 3 year warranty
  • Insurance with a $50 excess per claim
  • 48 hour Technical support turn around time
  • Many educational software programs including MS Office
  • Wireless internet access whilst at school
  • Parents can ring the Netbook supplier during term breaks for support
  • Training sessions for students
  • Optional training session for parents to learn more about the ICT tools we use at school to support learning.
  • Optional training about how to set up a wireless network at home if desired
  • Ability to use Netbook at home with or without internet

Given that she has ample access to computers at home, how much of a disadvantage will it be to her if we opt not to allow her to participate in this program? What provisions are being put in place for students whose parent chose not to lease netbooks?

Your child will still have the same quality program she currently has in 2010. She will have increased opportunity to access our current allocation, as other classes will have 1:1 and not need them. Eg, possibly access three hours a week, rather than two hours perhaps. She just won’t have the ability to use the Netbook as tool to learn 24/7. Students who don’t take up the program will complete the tasks as they do this year, majority of time without a computer.

Netbooks will not be the sole factor for where students are  placed in classes, rather a combination of the following criteria, for the best educational setting for your child.

This policy states criteria used for class selection includes a combination of:

  • Gender balance
  • Mixed ability groups using academic and social criteria
  • Student friendship groups; personalities and behavioural issues
  • Parent input in writing
  • Ratified by School Council in March this year.

Finally why is Findon moving down this path and not concentrating on providing students with a quality education in the basics of Maths and English?

Considering the research is indicating that Netbooks promote better learning in and out of school by encouraging:

  • ·         anywhere, anytime access to learning
  • ·         independent, self-initiated learning
  • ·         more family involvement in education
  • ·         collaboration between students in different schools, states and other countries.

It is our responsibility as a school to ensure we offer the best learning opportunities to our students. The teaching and learning of English and Maths will only be strengthened through the integration of netbooks.

Research is also suggesting our role of educators is shifting “We are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist… using technologies that haven’t yet been invented…to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” The top 10 jobs in demand in 2010 did not exist in 2004.  We need to encourage our students to think outside the square ... and solve problems creatively and independently. No longer can we only rely on imparting knowledge to children as we once did. Whilst it is still important to teach children to be literate and numerate, it is also our role to teach students to be curious and use technology tools to think outside the square.

This video was also shown at our parent information night, to explain why we are heading in this direction.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_6GUx1Zx0w . I hope this information provides you with a clearer picture about why we are heading in this direction.


Frequently Asked Questions from our Brochure

Netbook and Student Learning

 

Why are we moving in this direction?  How can netbooks improve learning?

  • Today’s students think, connect and communicate differently from those who were at school even only a few years ago.  DEECD Netbook Trial research showed that students with 1:1 access are:
  • more motivated and engaged in learning,  better organised which improved literacy and numeracy outcomes, better able to collaborate and analytically think
  • 1:1 Netbooks promote better learning in and out of school by encouraging:
  • anywhere, anytime access to learning
  • independent, self-initiated learning, eg promotion of problem solving skills, ability to ‘Google’ questions they have.
  • more family involvement in education through accessing their Netbook
  • collaboration between students in different schools, states and even countries.
  • ability to teach students how to communicate appropriately and safely in social websites
  • the ability to access homework and school information online and offline
  • more time for teachers to teach students to use the internet appropriately as a tool to learn
  • greater access to real-time information, digital learning resources and educational software
  • working in online spaces such as a Wikispace where students can access varied content to support their level of understanding in a subject area. 
  • immediate feedback on their learning such as on Yacapaca, students have access to reflect instantly and not wait for their work to be corrected by the teacher.
  • the ability to digitally capture any learning, such as videos or photographs to create things such as digital stories. 
  • opportunities to discuss cyber bullying as a real issue and discuss impacts of this as a class. 

What is 1:1?  1-to-1 learning is where each student and teacher has one internet connected Netbook computer for use in the classroom and at home. The Portable computers called “netbooks” weigh just over 1kg and fit easily into a school bag. It is loaded with software that students need, and backed up with in-school technical support. The netbooks will give participating students the tools to learn in a digital age. Wireless internet access will be available at school, and netbooks can also be used at home – with or without internet access. The School rents these netbooks to parents.

Are other schools heading in the same direction?  Similar programs successful in neighbouring schools;  Laurimar Primary, Morang South, Mill Park Secondary, Diamond Creek East. Other schools exploring 1:1 next year: Mill Park Heights, Mill Park Primary, Morang South - expanding

How will I afford this?  Payment can be made as a lump sum or in termly instalments in advance. Please refer to the statement in the text box. It is likely that you will be eligible to claim the costs of  this back during your tax return.   Please contact the Australian Tax Office on 13 28 61 for further information.

What if I can’t afford it? Your child will still have the same quality program they currently have in 2010. They will have increased opportunity to access our current allocation, as other classes will have 1:1 and not need them. Eg, access three hours a week, rather than two hours. Classes will be reorganised according to those students who take up the Netbook offer, so students do not need to sit in a class and watch their peers use them.

When will they arrive?  Netbooks will be ready for distribution as close to the start of 2011 school year as possible.

What kind of contract or agreement needs to be signed?  During the 1-to-1 program rollout, the Acceptable Usage Policy AND a Parent & Co-contribution agreement needs to be signed.

How will teachers be trained and supported?   As this is a new learning tool for the students, it is also for the teachers, this will mean that sometimes the teachers will learn with the students, this might mean that in the early stages of the program students might not be using it as much as they will  as the program develops further. Teachers complete the Department ICT Capabilities and our TICTAP Survey and set ICT professional learning goals as a result. Support is a strong element for success and teachers will be involved in mentoring and coaching each other to complement their growing ICT capabilities. Support will be provided to set up a learning team Wikispaces to support planning and encouraged more of ‘an online team approach’ to curriculum development. It will involve one spot that all students will use to get majority of their learning content. Students can access from school or home and copy any content onto their Personal Wiki.

Will students use computers ‘too much’ for schoolwork?  The 1-to-1 device will complement the existing school curriculum by providing appropriate digital learning tools in balance with more traditional learning tools. The goals of the curriculum are supported, not supplemented, by the use of 1-to-1 devices. Students will use 1-to-1 devices where they serve a purpose, for instance, in research, data analysis and generating presentations. Wireless access will allow for ‘just-in-time’ learning where students can search for information or collaborate with others in a real-time context. Students will be able to use their school files at home and be able to collaborate with their peers on projects through social networking.

Will learning outcomes be evaluated differently? Students will continue to be evaluated against the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). The devices complement the existing school curriculum by providing digital learning tools that link in with planned classroom activities. Wireless access points will foster collaboration and teamwork, allowing students to search for information together and share the learning experience.

What about handwriting?  Students will continue to write with paper and pencil and work to improve their handwriting as well as using the keyboard.

Won’t students be able to ‘cheat’ by using the spell checker?  The spell checker is a tool to allow students immediate feedback on the correct spelling of words they use. It supplements our existing school spelling program, but does not replace it.

What if students play on the devices during the school day instead of going outside for recess?  The devices will provide additional support for student learning, and therefore students will be supervised, as they would be for any learning activity. They will not be used over recess breaks.

Student Safety and Online Privacy

What about safe internet use?  Students are offered a device to facilitate anytime, anywhere learning. Teachers will supervise students as they would for any learning activity as they create and maintain a safe, comfortable and learning-focused classroom. Appropriate use of the internet service within the DEECD network is closely monitored by a filtering system, which allows for inappropriate content blocking by a regularly updated list of categories and sites. This does not apply to use of devices outside of the school network.

Available Support Resources:

 

What if the Netbook is used for inappropriate purposes?  This will be seen as a breach of our school ‘ICT Acceptable User Policy’ and the device will be banned for a period of time, depending on the severity. It may also be restored to its original image. A specific policy has been developed which parents and students will be required to sign. However, it is important that teachers, students and parents share the responsibility to ensure safe and responsible use of devices at all times.

Will children be safe carrying 1-to-1 devices?  Overseas research has shown that insurance companies have reported very few incidents while students travel to and from school. Students should be specifically warned not to take the devices out in public, and to carry them in the protective cover provided, which should be placed within their school bags.

Are these devices going to add to the heavy loads students carry from home to school? The device has been deliberately chosen for a number of reasons, including its weight specifications. The device will alleviate the need for students to carry calculators and some textbooks, further reducing the weight of items students need to carry to school. The device should not be packed into the bottom of an oversized backpack with other books and items, because this can lead to a compression fracture of the screen.

Will the student files on the device be private?  Students can expect their device to be periodically inspected and monitored for appropriate usage. Teachers may request access to the browser history and/or caches as well as all files belonging to the student resident on the netbooks as well as stored on the school servers. Students and parents need to be aware that files stored locally or on school servers are not private.

Evaluating the program  We will evaluate the effectiveness of this initiative. This may involve areas such as literacy, numeracy, collaboration and attendance. We will consider using:

  • Anecdotal evidence provided by teachers, parents and students
  • Tracking the amount of time students use the 1-to-1 device in classrooms
  • Surveying parents, students and teachers concerning the impact of 1-to-1 access on student learning. 

Software and Hardware

What software will be on the devices? With the help of classroom teachers, the DEECD has researched and designed a standard image, which incorporates both DEECD-licensed and free open source software. This image has also been developed to aid students in meeting requirements of VELS and to replicate the type of software that is used in the workplace. It is envisaged that this comprehensive and high-quality software list will meet the needs of students over the life of the device; however, schools and students may load additional software to meet their needs subject to appropriate copyright and licensing laws. This image is only available for devices purchased from DEECD’s panel.

Contractual Obligations And Maintenance

Can students bring their own devices from home instead?  No. Home devices are not configured to the school network. They can be a source of viruses and are often not enabled with the licensed software. Home devices may not be licensed to use the school image and maintenance issues may not be resolved in an appropriate time frame.

Will textbooks still need to be purchased?  Yes. Many books are not yet on CD. When they become available and it is advantageous, we may put such textbooks directly on the devices’ hard drive. Some book suppliers who have CD-based textbooks require the purchase of the book in addition to the CD or charge more for the CD than the book. In these cases it is cheaper to continue to use the textbook.

Is the device password-protected?  Yes. Students will be prompted to log on with a password when turning on the device. A password-protected device may help protect students’ personal information in incidents of loss or theft.

Where do the devices go when not in use?  When not in use, the devices should be in a student’s locker or locked classroom. An unattended device around buildings or school grounds will be picked up immediately by a staff member and treated as a lost item. This may incur a penalty such as confiscation of the device. for devices which invite theft and/or damage.

What about flat batteries? Will students ‘plug in’ in the classrooms?  All Netbooks need to be charged overnight and return back to school fully charged at the beginning of every day. The Netbook battery will last a typical school day. There will be one spare  charger in each classroom to be used in exceptional circumstances.

Home Use of the Netbook

What if my child forgets his/her Netbook at home? He/she will have to manage without. As it is envisaged that a large percentage of work will be completed on the computer, this will result in loss of productivity.

How will parents continue to be informed about the integration of device into the curriculum?  School newsletters and websites will provide updates to the whole school community about the use of the devices by students and teachers in and out of the classroom. Ongoing parent information evenings will be held for students to showcase the extent of their development with the devices.

The school monitors usage at school, but who monitors it at home? That is the responsibility of the parents. When off school grounds, parents have full authority to monitor device usage. Examples of this include: encourage use in a family room and not in the bedroom, restrict use at certain times of the evening or weekend, advise not to take on long trips, and examine the documents and other contents of the device.

How can students access the internet from home?  Home internet connection is not supplied by the school or DEECD. There is no mandated expectation that internet access is available at home. If there is an existing internet provision at home, a device is able to be configured for access.

How can devices be used at home? Examples of home use for which internet access would be required include: using online collaborative websites such as class blogs, wikis and potential online conferences, using school email if available, using online resources such as digital learning objects located in Digilearn, Completion of homework using online resources.

Examples of home use for which internet access would not be required include: using any of the Microsoft applications or open source software provided, using any subject-specific software, working with audio, picture or video files on the devices.