Laptop Program

Wodonga South Primary School is proud to announce the continuation of the 1-1 laptop program for 2021. The laptop program started back in 2012 and has grown vastly since its inception. Wodonga South Primary School has always prided itself as being a technologically innovative and forward thinking school, adopting new technologies and staying with the new tech curve.

Laptops provide anytime, anywhere access to information and learning. 

At Wodonga South Primary School laptops complement learning that takes place in the classroom using a vast array of software, by referring to resources that have been downloaded onto the laptop as well as working with audio, picture or video files (plus so much more).

What educational benefits do laptops provide?

Laptops complement the existing school curriculum by providing digital learning tools that link in with planned classroom activities.

Laptop use in the classroom will evolve as students and teachers become familiar with the new tools. For example, we may soon see a class where students create a podcast of their original poetry, accompanied by a soundtrack they have written and enhanced with their own digital images to share with the world. 

The programs loaded onto the laptops at South are ubiquitous in the workplace and higher education. Learning to use and understand complex software (like Microsoft Windows, Word, Adobe PDF) is important for every child’s future.

During the COVID 19 lockdown(s) the 1-1 laptops proved to be an invaluable learning tool for students who participated in the home learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

The DET has researched and designed a Standard Operating Environment (SOE) called the eduSTAR image which incorporates both DET licensed and free open source software.

This image has also been developed to aid students in meeting the educational requirements of the school and to replicate the type of software that is used in the workplace.

It is envisaged that this will meet the needs of students over the life of the device; however, WSPS may load additional software to meet the needs of the teaching & learning subject to appropriate copyright and licensing laws.

The eduSTAR image remains property of DET at all times – enforced by a Software License Agreement (SLA). When a student leaves Wodonga South Primary School, due to this SLA the eduSTAR image will be removed, and a ‘factory’ copy of Windows will be installed (and activated).

New software is deployed to the laptops all the time. For example; in 2021 the school will deploy Minecraft for Education Edition to 1-1 laptops.

  • Panel of suppliers – after careful investigation of suppliers, it was shown that Dell was able to supply technically superior, cost-effective, reliable and durable laptops.
  • The models chosen are portable, lightweight and comfortably fit inside a standard schoolbag.
  • Accidental Damage Protection – Dell offers next business day service for accidental damage that may occur to your child’s machine with no excess payment.

Students will be prompted to log on with a password when turning on the device. A password-protected device will help protect students’ personal information in incidents of loss or theft.

Should a student forget their password or is concerned someone else knows there password they can see the IT staff to get their password changed.

Students can expect their device to be periodically inspected and monitored for appropriate usage. School personnel may request access to the browser history and/or caches as well as any and all files belonging to the student on the laptops as well as stored on the school servers.

Students and parents need to be aware that files stored locally or on the school servers are not private. Students will have a specific quota limit for network storage. Upon end of Agreement, students are responsible for backing up their school and personal files. Students should be encouraged to frequently back up their information to a USB stick and keep it in a safe place.

Students won’t be disadvantaged. We have provision to support these students through the use of the COW’s (Computers On Wheels) within the pods.

The school will be still endeavoring to continue with meeting the DET’s computer to student ratio of 1 :3.

This will be restricted to use within the school and subject to the demand for the laptops during this time.

Examples of home use for which internet access would be required include:

  • Using online collaborative websites such as class blogs, wikis and potential online conferences
  • Using online resources such as digital learning objects.
  • Completion of homework using online resources.

Examples of home use for which internet access would not be required include:

  • Using any of the Microsoft applications or open source software provided on the eduSTAR image.
  • Using any subject-specific software.
  • Working with audio, picture or video files on the devices.

Every device at Wodonga South is covered by Accidental Damage Protection.

If the laptop suffers accidental damage, the school will repair or replace it subject to policy terms and conditions. The decision to repair the laptop lies solely with Dell. If the laptop is repaired, it may be repaired with new or refurbished parts. Any replaced parts will have the same functionality as the original part/s. If the Dell service repair agent deems that the laptop needs to be replaced, the replacement laptop will be equivalent to or better than the original laptop purchased.

One ADP claim can be made per calendar year.

The school technicians are able to troubleshoot and fix any issues that are not covered by warranty (like software issues).

  • Full time local Technician
  • Department TSSP technician (Technical Support for Schools Program)

Overseas research has shown that insurance companies have reported very few incidents while students travel to and from school. Students should be specifically warned not to take the devices out in public, and to carry them in the protective cover provided, which should be placed within their school bags.

There have been no devices stolen from Wodonga South students walking home from school since the program started in 2012.

In previous years Wodonga South Primary School has offered 3 Year Payment Agreements. After feedback from parents on 3 year agreements, it has been determined by the school that 2 year agreements are beneficial for students leaving the school after two years. While the initial quarterly price appears higher, the interest repayment amount is lower.

Laptop Models