Technologies Assisting Learning

Kinross Wolaroi School Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOLT) Policy from 2021

Student use of digital devices and online services in schools is intended to enhance learning, wellbeing and educational attainment. Digital devices and online services can help students develop the skills needed for digital literacy, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal relationships and collaboration.
ACARA lists ICT Technology as one of the seven key capabilities students need to be a successful learner.
However, it is important to note that the role of technology is to assist and enhance but not to drive the learning at KWS.

Senior School:
From 2021, there will be a change to the KWS Student Technology Pathway.  Please download the BYOLT policy by clicking the link below:

BYOLT Policy

  • From 2021 all Senior School students (Y7 – Y12) will require, and should provide, their own unsupported laptop. It is strongly recommended that Year 7 students and students new to the school purchase a laptop that meets the School’s minimum specification requirements. (see below).

Required Specifications:
Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OS El Capitan or newer
Storage: Minimum 100GB Hard drive space, (SSD recommended for higher speeds and stability)
RAM: 8GB Minimum (For Textiles, Visual Arts, ICT students 16GB Minimum & dedicated graphics card or equivalent)
Wireless Capabilities: Must have a wireless card capable of connecting to 5GHz networks
Software: Sophos Anti-Virus must be used; this is provided by the school free of cost.
Case/Cover: Drop/Shock protective case
Peripherals: Earphones
Battery life: A minimum 8 hours battery life is desirable

Mobile phones and Smart watches:
As per the Mobile Phone and Smart Watch Policy, students are not permitted to use their mobile phones or smart watches in class unless invited to do so by their teacher. The classroom teacher may confiscate a device that is used without permission.

KWS incorporates the following tools into the Teaching and Learning:
OneDrive for Business 
where students create and house their day to day work.
Office365 for on-line browser based access to MS Office suite.
Frog Learning Management System: where staff, parents and students can communicate and share information.
Print and Follow: Enabling follow-me printing to any building or Boarding House in the School.
Ubiquitous AC WiFi in the learning spaces and Boarding Houses.

ICT Support Services:
Located in the School library, the ICT Service Desk provides students with timely help and support for Laptop problems. A basic troubleshooting service is provided for Unsupported BYO Laptops for boarders and students.
Self-help ICT Services for BYO Laptops are also available on the ICT Frog site.
Please note that there is no hardware repair or hot-swap service for unsupported BYO Laptops. These can normally be arranged under your device warranty.
The Service Desk is open on school days from 8am-4pm. Borders at PLC and Wolaroi Campus enjoy on-site technical support alternating Wednesdays between 7pm and 9pm.

It is the responsibility of students to arrive at school each day with their laptop fully charged. Whilst there are some charging facilities in school that are available for use during lunchtime and recess, students should not be relying on the use of these. Most General Purpose Classrooms do not have multiple facilities for the charging of laptops in class and students will not be permitted to charge their laptops during lesson time.

Junior School:
Within our Junior School, students in Kindergarten to Year 4 have the combined use of Classroom Computers, Shared iPad units and the schools Computer Labs. 
Students in Year 5 and 6 will have 1:1 iPads that are leased by students to be used during school time. These units will remain at school.