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Ararat College Netbook and Notebook Program


To ensure the best possible access to information and communication technology, and to meet the expectation that every student will have access to a computer, Ararat College is going to continue the 24/7 laptop program to all Year 7 and 10 students in 2015.  All students in Year 10 and Year 7 will be able to purchase a device directly from Learning With Technologies (LWT) who have been authorised to supply school laptops by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. These devices will be able to be used both at home and at school. Laptops must be purchased from this supplier, personal devices and laptops bought elsewhere cannot be brought to school.  

 Included in the cost will be:

 

In 2015 you will directly purchase from the largest education supplier of IT hardware in Australia. A purchasing portal has been established with the choices of computer listed.

The selected computers are as follows:

Year 10      Acer Travelmate P645 Business Ultrabook  

                 or

    Lenovo X240  I5 Notebook    


Year 7       11.6” B115 Touch

                 or   

                 Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e 11.6” touchscreen.


Laptop cases and finance options are available at an added cost.







Laptops purchased in December each year and will be available for pick up at the induction session in February . Laptops purchased after this date may take up to 4 weeks for delivery.


Before the computer is issued parents and students will need to attend one of the induction sessions to be held early in February. This session will fully inform you of the rules and responsibilities that are part of the laptop program and it is when pick up your laptop. You will also be shown how students and parents can get the most out of this brand new laptop computer to further student education.



What can a 1-to-1 device for all students do?

1-to-1 devices provide anytime, anywhere access to information and learning.  A student can complement learning in the classroom using software programs, referring to resources downloaded onto the device, or working with audio, picture and video files that have been saved.  Students will have broadband access at school. You do not need internet access at home for your child to use the device.


Questions


What happens if I don’t want to be involved in the program?


What happens if the computer is damaged?


Can I install any software on my computer?

Yes but licences and backing up software is your responsibility.


I already have a Notebook computer.  Can I bring it to school?