ICT at John Paul College

Information and Communication Technolgy at the college provides  21st Century learning tools to all students and staff.

 

 

      

John Paul College has recently received accreditation as an eSmart school. eSmart is a guiding framework for schools to manage cybersafety and wellbeing. eSmart helps teachers, students and the whole school community embrace the benefits of technology and reduce their exposure to cyberspace risks such as cyberbullying, identity theft, online sexual predation and accessing or sending inappropriate images and content. eSmart is an initiative of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national charity committed to protecting children from violence. Our work towards achieving eSmart status over the past few years has involved the whole school community—for example, integrating cybersafety into our wellbeing policies, establishing clear procedures to deal with incidents, and delivering curriculum around the smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

John Paul College is proud to be an eSmart school and we will continue to develop policies, procedures and strategies to educate our community about cybersafety and wellbeing. More information is available at www.esmart.org.au .

 

ICT Support Services

John Paul College has always been a pioneer college in the peninsula region. We provide over 100 current generation Wireless Access Points providing reliable high-speed Wireless Networks to facilitate 1 to 1 learning in the classroom, and campus wide outdoor access to encourage inspired learning.  The College has also invested in a dedicated fibre internet link to provide fast and reliable access to the internet. This is available for use throughout the specialised student labs, student workspaces, and in the innovative use of iPads and BYOD programs in teaching.

The College strategically invests considerable resources to provide the latest technology and software across the Microsoft and Apple specialist labs and related ICT infrastructure, as well as quality audio visual and printing facilities for students and staff.

 
All students and staff including the college community have access to the learning management system JPCNet used by the College, which provides a shared and collaborative learning space. Through this collaborative workspace staff, students and parents can communicate and participate in the students’ learning, College activities and sharing of information.
 
Digital Education Revolution Grant


In appreciation to the Commonwealth Government for the provision of DER grant, John Paul College has been able to make many upgrades and improvements to the college ICT Network Infrastructure
·       Fibre links into the college allowing for faster network access
·       Upgrade of internet security system
·       More data storage
·       Additional iMac Labs
·       Year 9 to Year 12 have 1:1 computer to student ratio
·       All teaching classroom have been fitted with 2Touch Interactive Whiteboards
·       Extensive wireless infrastructure to accommodate 2000 devices on the network
 
In recognising the need for delivery of visual, engaging and interactive curriculum, the college has further invested and fitted every classroom with interactive whiteboards and Apple TVs to assist with 21st century teaching and learning. We believe that this extends the full range of technology services to all students in a way which is equitable, flexible and educationally sound.
 
In keeping with the College’s vision statement of preparing its students to make a positive contribution to society, we envisaged the introduction of  tablet technology in the form of iPads. The overall aim is to enable flexibility, ease of use, enhance student’s creativity and encourage independent learning in the 21st Century.
 
Together with the iPad Program for Year 7, students have access to the world renowned award winning program Lexia and Reading Plus. This is a technology-based reading program which increases and develops the reading proficiency for all students in English.
The College has implemented a MDM (Mobile Device Management) solution that allows us to supply the students with apps and electronic text books to assist in creative learning for the 21st century.

 

Students in Year 10 currently have access to the College-provided Windows laptops, which allow them to have a device that they can use at school and at home to enhance their learning.
Students in Year 11 and 12 participate currently in an Optional BYOD program and together with other year levels have access to the various specialised labs and breakout areas that have either laptops or computers. Media and Arts students have access to specialised Music Labs with iMacs and Digital Music Keyboards.
 
Assistance to the students, staff and the College community is available through the in-house College ICT helpdesk where we use tracking to monitor and maintain help requests.
 
Teaching Staff at John Paul College are at the fore front with access to high spec touch enabled windows laptops. They also have iPads to develop curriculum and help them to be in constant touch with students in furthering their learning.
  
Michael Thomas – Director of eLearning