St Patrick’s Marist College is a school that runs a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Students in Grades 7 to 12, will be able to bring only Apple or Windows laptops (not iPad) to use for educational purposes. Having ongoing access to technological tools will enable your child to build the necessary digital literacy skills required in our ever-changing landscape.
A wealth of studies identify the positive beneﬁts of infusing technology into the classroom, coupled with the successful practice witnessed over the past 5 years here at the College. The introduction of the BYOD program at the College is a deep commitment to building digital capacity and responsible digital citizenship as an integral part of learning here at Dundas. Digital skills unpin and support the development of entrepreneurial skills, speciﬁcally:
- critical thinking
- student-centred learning practice
- working collaboratively
- learning to share in ethical ways
- shared knowledge construction
Student devices will be used to access our Google suite including Google Classroom. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a powerful tool for learning and at St Patrick’s Marist College we focus on using ICT tools embedded in the best practice of teaching and learning to meet present and future learning needs for all students. We utilise technology in an innovative and creative manner so that the learning outcomes for students are presented with depth and quality. We use a combination of digital and traditional mediums of communication balancing both typing and handwriting activities, and integrating many internet services into the daily student experience.
A focus of this initiative is digital citizenship, which is the responsible use of technology. Your child will learn digital skills, ethics, etiquette, and online safety. These are important aspects of participating in today’s world. To maintain a safe and secure learning environment, a filtered Internet connection is provided for students.
We look forward to the educational opportunities that BYOD will bring. Participation in this initiative is compulsory. Your child will not be left out if they do not have a device. St Patrick’s Marist College will continue to provide support to families who are unable to access a personal device for their child due to financial reasons. Please contact the College to discuss this matter further.The information below provides parents and students with all the information required to take part in our BYOD program. You can download a copy of this information to refer to at your convenience by pressing the 'PDF' button above. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact St Patrick's Marist College Dundas by email or phone 02 8841 7900 weekdays between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.