ICT and SIMON

We recognise the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) in an educational setting. To facilitate this, the College has worked to build a single computer network, which supports a number of different devices. A ‘Bring Your Own Specified Device’ (BYOSD) program has been introduced to assist students in their learning. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are required to bring a Chromebook, which allows full access to the Google ecosystem of applications. Bring your own device specification and minimal system requirements are shown on the BYOSD Program page. Please note that devices that do not meet these requirements will not be able to be connected to the College network.

The College provides a wireless network with access to the Internet. The network includes a filtering system to block inappropriate sites and students are encouraged to use their device responsibly. Students are also taught about cybersafety as part of our Pastoral Program.

Students and teachers have 24/7 access to the SIMON Learning Management System. This system gives students the ability to access homework and assessment tasks, send emails to their teachers and receive feedback and grades for their assignments. Parents also have access to all this information through the Parent Access Module (PAM).

We utilise Google Apps for Education (GAfE) which is a suite of apps that allows students to create documents, presentations and to collaborate together on projects online. All work that is stored on Google Drive can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.

Teachers have access to monitoring software called Hapara, which allows them to see in real time what a student is working on. Students complete their work in Google Docs and teachers can automatically see their progress through Hapara, without the need of emails.

To maintain the system the College employs qualified technicians led by an experienced ICT Manager. Staff and students are also supported in the classroom by the e-Learning Coach.