Apps are pieces of software that run on any device, such as a laptop, smart phone, or an iPod or iPad. As devices increase in popularity - at home and business, as well as in the classroom - a seemingly endless range of apps have become available for purchase. Many of these apps are designed specifically for use by teachers and students.
Apps for different devices can be accessed in online stores:
Explore the app sections of the iPads for Learning and Microsoft in the Classroom DigiPubs for more information on using apps for education.
Using online services in schools
Online services provide virtual spaces and portals through which information can be stored and shared, and transactions between schools and parents and carers can be recorded. Online services are also referred to as Web2 or cloud technologies and are used in schools to deliver learning and teaching and to assist in the administrative and information management of schools.
To find out some of the key legal issues involved in the use of online systems and where to get advice access the Information Sheet - Online Services.
The eduSTAR Catalogue is an online website that provides teachers and students with access to a large selection of educational software titles, and the ability to browse and purchase recommended ICT Products from DET authorised suppliers (including notebooks and tablets).
The eduSTAR Software catalogue - provides staff and students with on-demand access to a range of licensed and free educational apps and software. The software catalogue categorises software by learning area, and provides access to tutorials and lesson plans to assist staff and students in maximising the value of each software title in the classroom. Software for PC, Mac and iOS devices has been made available on the software catalogue. There are currently over 80 software applications available on the eduSTAR software image for Windows and over 40 applications on the eduSTAR software image for Mac.
All devices purchased from the Department's panels come with the eduSTAR software image already loaded onto them. Schools can ask technicians to load the core eduSTAR software onto school-owned devices, and BYOD that do not have the software. To meet diligence requirements for state-wide licensed titles schools are advised to:
Specialist technicians provided under the Technical Support to Schools Program (TSSP) will assist schools in the above diligence requirements.
Microsoft Licensing Agreement 2013-17
The Department has entered into a licensing agreement with Microsoft which secures access for schools, students and teachers to the latest versions of a large array of Microsoft software licenses until the end of 2017. The licensed Microsoft software is provided to schools through the eduSTAR standard operating environment. A major feature of the Microsoft Licensing Agreement is support for student owned computers.
The new agreement allows the Microsoft suite (eduSTAR core image) to be placed on:
- School owned multi use devices: ICT devices owned, leased or controlled by the school, and used by multiple users.
- school owned 1-to-1 devices: ICT devices that are exclusively allocated to a student for 12 months or more.
- Student owned 1-to-1 devices (BYOD): ICT devices that are owned by a student (must be recorded in the school computer census).
Schools can obtain more information from their Specialist Technician or Service Delivery Manager.
Have you considered?
- Does your school use the software available on the eduSTAR image?
- How does your school's existing software selection and policy/procedures reflect your learning and teaching goals?
- How will your school facilitate students having the Department's anti-virus and endpoint protection suite on their 1-to-1 device?
- What online tools and resources does your school use?
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