If a student does not bring a device to school will they be disadvantaged?
- The use of personal electronic devices is not compulsory. This policy has been introduced to allow student use of personal devices where they would be able to use those devices to complete an assigned task.
- Where students have been assigned a task to complete WCCS will also provide resources to enable that task to be completed, so that no student is disadvantaged by not having a device.
- Teachers are aware of issues relating to equity and will also use opportunities to educate students in the responsibilities of equity.
When can these devices be used by students?
- Students are only to use electronic devices with the teacher’s permission and only under active supervision in the classroom.
- Teachers will actively supervise device usage. Students should only use devices in plain sight of the supervising teacher. If a student is using a device under a desk or otherwise out of sight of the teacher, the teacher may confiscate the device. The student should then speak to a deputy regarding the return of the device with an explanation of how the device was being used.
- If any inappropriate usage is discovered, student devices will be confiscated and reported to a deputy. The device may be collected at a parent interview with the deputy or collected at the end of term.
- Any student who does use devices without permission from a teacher or away from the active supervision of a teacher may be banned from using personal electronic devices at school for a period of time. Parents will be informed.
Should students bring a device with a mobile data connection (2g/3g/4g/edge)>
- Ideally we would recommend not bringing devices to WCCS that allow a mobile data connection. Portable wireless devices will be allowed to connect to the school’s wireless network and this is the recommended way of connecting devices to the Internet.
- Parents should also be aware that the school will not be responsible for possible sites or data usage that students might download using their personal data connection whilst at school.
How can I protect a device that is brought to school from being stolen, lost or damaged?
- In the Primary Department, devices would be stored in the classroom. Clear arrangements will be made regarding how and when the devices would be brought to the classroom, to ensure the process is manageable. In High School, students would be responsible for the safety of own devices.
- For travelling security students will need to purchase a bag or case to protect their device.
- If devices are brought to school, parents are encouraged to insure the device under their home contents insurance. Approximate cost for a device up to $1000 should be no more than $5.00 per month (dependent on individual insurance arrangements). Insurance should adequately cover all areas of concern.
- To protect the data on the device while at school a lockscreen with a password/pattern or pin number should be used. The student name and class should be clearly visible on the lockscreen to assist in the return of lost devices.
- Parents/students are responsible for ensuring they can clearly identify their device. Electronic means , as well as manual ones (engraving, etc) are recommended. Parents are encouraged to keep a register of serial numbers.
- Regardless of the measures outlined above, the school will not be held responsible for stolen or damaged devices. The school will not invest significant time/resources into retrieving lost or stolen devices.
What if students want to listen to music in class?
- This will depend upon the lesson. Ideally the teacher should select music appropriate to the class and play it using the provided speakers at the front of each room. If the teacher allows individuals to play their own music then some other issues may also arise. The teacher will probably suggest the following:
- only use one ear piece so lesson/teacher instructions can be heard
- lower the volume to an appropriate level so that the student can still hear the teacher provide instructions and to avoid damage to ears
- when giving class instructions get all students to pause music and remove earpieces
- use playlists that help educationally to stimulate learning rather than distract.
How will we stop students from being off task or looking up non subject related content?
Devices are only to be used when the teacher is actively supervising students. If students are using our wireless Internet connection then you will also be going through our filters. These filters do not stop students from browsing the Internet for non subject related content. If students are using mobile data then Internet will also be unfiltered.
Can students answer a call or respond to messages in class?
No. Students must be aware that they should not be using their devices for personal communication during class time. If the phone rings in class students must reject any incoming calls and read messages outside of school time. Phones should be on silent (or airplane mode) so that others are not distracted.
Can students use the devices to record (image, audio or video) the teacher or other students?
If students want to record a teacher presenting a lesson and use that for further study they may only do so with the express permission of the teacher. The teacher will clearly explain to the student what actions they are comfortable with. Students are not to modify the recording or distribute them elsewhere without teacher permission.
If any individual (staff or student) is recorded without permission this will be dealt with by the device being confiscated, turned off and given to a deputy with a note explaining what happened.
If media of a staff member or student is discovered that were recorded without permission then the media will be copied and forwarded to a deputy for further investigation.
What if a student wants to use a device to complete an assessment task?
If you wish to use a device to complete assessment tasks at school this is only acceptable after discussion with the teacher who gave you the task. Students are only to use personal electronic devices with the permission of a supervising teacher. If the device or media is lost, this is not a valid excuse for incomplete assessment tasks. Students should ensure that they are able to submit the developed assessment in an appropriate format for the teacher for marking.
What if a student wants to use the devices at lunch?
Students are only allowed to use the devices under the active supervision of their teacher in the classroom. Students are not to go to the library (or elsewhere) with the expectation that a teacher will supervise them completing work.
What if students want to share their devices with others?
Just like any other resource that is brought from home the student who brought the resource should be the student who is using the resource. Portable electronic devices should not be handed around the class or between friends while at school.
If a student loans their device to another student, then the owner runs the risk of the device being confiscated. (IE If a student asks for your phone to show you something or to take a picture – you are responsible.)