To use technology for learning at home access and the ability to use available technology is required.
Access for learning at home
Schools can loan access devices for use when learning at home. Read how this might be achieved on Digital equity. Provide learning delivery options for students who do not have a computer or the internet at home.
Student who have internet and a computer also need access to school or department learning platforms.
Ensure students know their department password and how to reset it through the student portal.
Delegate Educational Management Utility (EMU) access to teachers via the Principals Access Management Utility (AMU) so teachers can reset student passwords. Make sure teacher know how to use EMU to reset student password.
Learn to use
Visit the Technology 4 Learning website for step by step guides on teaching with technology. There are dedicated pages on Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom with short demonstration videos on how to get started. Plus there are regular webinars to boost your skills, which are recorded to view on demand.
Get started on the Digital Learning Selector. The Selector contains information about DoE provided and other popular learning technologies. On each learning tool card find links to teacher identified professional learning.
Department staff and Stage 6 students can freely access a wide variety of training on LinkedIn Learning.
Complete department provided teacher professional learning to use technology on the Learning on demand technology page.
Lessons using video conferencing
The department supports a variety of technologies that allow a teacher to connect with students using video conferencing. Follow the guidelines to support schools using live video with students (PDF 234KB). The guidelines have been developed to ensure all people involved in the video conference are safe and privacy in the home is maintained.
Self help and collaboration with teachers
Read frequently asked questions about the major platforms schools are using to support learning from home:
- read Microsoft Teams FAQs
- read G Suite for Education FAQs
- read Adobe Connect FAQs
- find help with Zoom for department teachers.
The Technology for Learning T4L website is continually updated. The T4L team have produced a special edition of magazine.T4L with a focus on taking your classroom online and also have a companion independent learning resource for students T4L Kids.
Department teachers can get and give support through peer to peer discussion about learning from home and using online platforms in the Learning from home Yammer group. Join the Statewide staffrooms for curriculum specific information and support.
Lessons using telepresence
In some situations where individual students are unable to attend school (including for health reasons) a telepresence robot may be used. This technology enables a student to have a physical presence within the classroom, which increases their connectedness and supports their learning.
For information on telepresence robots in the classroom:
- read this handout (PDF 919KB)
- read this comprehensive report (PDF 5.28MB) on telepresence
- watch this video demonstrating telepresence.
The guidelines for lessons using live video (PDF 234KB) can also inform your use of telepresence technology.
If you need a telepresence robot, the Technology 4 Learning Team are running a pilot of this technology. Please email the team for further information.