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20/03/2017
BYOD
Students continue to sign up for BYOD so that they can bring their own laptop to school. Especially now we’re in the assessment phase of term, having their own laptop to use both here and at home is highly beneficial. Information on how to participate can be found on the school’s website:
 
LAPTOP CASES FOR SALE
Protection is vital! We have a number of used laptop cases for sale for $10 each. Students are welcome to have a look at them in the IT Support room (C15). If they’d like one, they just need to pay $10 to the cashier and present their receipt to the techs who will issue the case.
 
ICAS Digital Technologies competition
A reminder that entries for this competition close on March 24. Information and consent letters have been sent to all students or the same can be collected from BS2. Students should have a go. There’s no cost, it’s a good personal challenge and students will earn points for their house.
 
YICTE
Students have until June 4 to submit their entries in the Young ICT Explorers.  Young ICT Explorers is a non-profit competition which encourages students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects.  It gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice.  At the judging event, students have the opportunity to present their project to a judging panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals. Each project is assessed on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation.
 
This competition is a wonderful extracurricular activity in which students get to be creative in an area of personal interest. They should visit the organisers’ website (https://www.youngictexplorers.net.au/) to find out more about how to enter and the entry guidelines. They can also see past entries here which may provide some inspiration. We have registered as a school, so now we just need some entries!
 
Budding programmers
Our Year 8 and 9 Extension Studies students are currently developing their coding skills in the realm of LEGO robotics. The quest to design and operate well-behaved robots that actually do as they’re told is proving quite a challenge and a lot of fun but the students are gradually getting the upper hand.
 
Carolyn Bradley
HOD ICT Services