Student Laptop Requirements
Underdale High School has a vision for using innovative technologies in the teaching and learning programs of the school. We aim to promote engaging and interactive curriculum delivery and assessment which improve the educational outcomes for all students. The key aim of the integration of technology into the teaching and learning at Underdale High School is to ensure that all students can become competent, discriminating, and creative users of a range of technologies.
The focus on the use of technologies in the teaching and learning program means that it is necessary to establish appropriate policies and procedures. Whilst this focus provides opportunities to enhance and extend human interaction, empathy and understanding, students must be aware of the responsibilities of using information and communication technologies. Therefore, it is a requirement that all students and their caregivers read and abide by the school’s Learning Technologies User Rights and Responsibilities Agreement.
This policy provides direction to staff, students and parents/caregivers on procedures, responsibilities, and expectations regarding the Digital Learning Program.
All students must have a laptop for daily use at school. It is a requirement that all newly enrolled students use the prescribed laptop nominated by the school. Parents / Caregivers can purchase these devices via the UHS Laptop Ordering Portal – Flexible finance options are available. For more information, visit the UHS Laptop Ordering Portal.
By standardising the technology that our students use at school, we will optimise the use of technology across all aspects of their learning. While the school recognises that some students may have a personal device, these devices will not be accepted as the student’s school device. A laptop purchased via the school’s portal is the only supported device for students at Underdale High School.
The program is a shared cost model, where parents fund the hardware, warranty and insurance for the device, and the school funds the software, onsite technical support, school-based network, and internet access.
Benefits of our Program
The rationale for this program is to provide a laptop which provides a consistent learning experience for our student. One consistent laptop ensures that all students have a device that connects efficiently to the school’s wireless network and can run all required software. The added benefit is that IT support is more efficient and aspects such as providing charging capabilities become seamless. Use of the same laptop also makes it more effective for teachers and students to work collaboratively.
The choice of laptop ensures access to cost effective technology which includes the features required in an interactive learning environment and includes a digital pen and touch interface. The device capacity has been chosen to cater to high-end needs of many subject areas.
Laptop Program Purchase Schedule
Students are required to maintain a well-functioning laptop during their enrolment period at Underdale High School. It is advised to plan for the purchase of a laptop in Year 7 and then a replacement in Year 10 to see your child through their senior years. School purchased laptops come with a 3 year warranty. At the end of the warranty period parents / caregivers may choose to extend the warranty, however it is advised to purchase a replacement device.
Laptops beyond their warranty period have an increased likelyhood of hardware failure and may struggle to run the required software. Repairs to out of warranty products are often more costly and time consuming than replacement of the device.
The school laptop has been chosen with long life battery for all day computing. The battery should provide a full day of charge under normal use and has a 3-year warranty to ensure this level of charge for use during school hours.
Students should charge their laptop each night at home and bring it to school fully charged for up to 8 hours of use. Battery life is affected by the type of use of the laptop, so it is common for a ‘Battery Power Profile’ to be used to try and save power by turning down the screen brightness, turning off sound and backlit keys and resting the hard drive. If a student is doing intensive work with programs such as image manipulation or video editing, then more power is used than with simple text editing.