Technology and Digital Citizenship
At Black Forest, we acknowledge that technology has transformed education and work to incorporate digital technologies into classroom life in meaningful and effective ways. While the school offers access to a range of devices from Reception to Year 7, students from Year 4 onwards are encouraged to purchase a Chromebook to ensure ready access to technology when required throughout the school day. We adopt a Digital Citizenship approach, supporting students to not only act responsibly when using digital technologies, but also to model creative and engaged technology use. Our Tech Cadets program offers a student leadership opportunity for Year 4-7 students, adopting leadership in learning using technologies, maintaining school devices and working collaboratively on their own programming-based projects.
1:1 Chromebook Program
Black Forest encourages families of students from Year 4-7 to purchase a Chromebook to support their child’s learning through the middle and upper primary years. The Chromebook is a relatively inexpensive device that provides access to a range of programs and applications linked with each child’s school account. Running the Google Operating System, all students at Black Forest Primary School utilise Google Apps for Education to research, record, present and organise their learning. Google Apps for Education are cloud-based, meaning that each student can access, add to and refine their work from any device with an internet connection.
Families have the option of purchasing their Chromebook through the schools IT support provider IPAU, or purchasing privately. IPAU offers two purchase rounds per year through their online portal, and information meetings for parents and caregivers are held annually in Term 4.
Chromebooks are marked with the google logo, followed by the word Chrome, on top of the device. We recommend buying a chromebook with the minimum specifications of, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, and an Intel Celeron CPU, or better.
For more information on the Chromebook program and device usage, please refer to the 1:1 Handbook below.