Virtual desktop and ‘bring your own device’

Following a ‘soft launch’ in 2014,  we will be more deliberate in ‘rolling out’ a new digital technology approach at Kapunda High School which has the opportunity to make the goal of ‘anytime, anywhere’ become a reality.

Already we have a number of students who regularly bring their own tablet or notebook computer to school and the capacity to connect to the school’s network and internet is supporting them with their learning in all classes.

A number of students also use quite expensive applications as part of their studies here at school but don’t have access to the same at home.  Through the virtual desktop they can access them.

So what is it all about?

  • Students will be able to connect to the school network (via the internet) from any device – be it at school or home – and access all the applications they need.
  • They will get the same ‘experience’ – regardless of the age or quality of the device they are using.
  • Because the servers at school are doing all the work (not the actual machine), the processing speed is much faster.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Will it be compulsory for students to bring a device (tablet, notebook) to school?

No but they have the opportunity to do so.

If my child wants to bring a device to school, will it need to be of a certain quality?

Because we will be using a virtual desktop, the processing power of the device being used is of no consequence.  However, having a battery that will last the day, along with a reasonable screen size for learning will be important.

What if I don’t have internet access at home?

Our ICT Network Manager, Jack Mickan, will be able to work with individual families on an alternative solution that enables some access to school applications.

So that we can answer your questions re this new initiative, we invite you to post them here on our web site or send them to

Building better connections with families to support learning

The home is our first and highly influential learning environment, so building connections between home and the school is vital to learner success. This includes proactively involving families in their children’s schooling and extending personalised invitations to them to become involved.”
Hanna Dumont et. al. OECD (2012)
 When children first commence school, there is a great deal of parental participation. Many parents choose to volunteer at their child’s school – listening to reading, helping with a range of class-based activities, assisting with excursions, etc.  However, as our children get older and develop greater independence, school becomes their ‘space’ and they are less excited about their parents helping out in the classroom. While they don’t mind their parents assisting in the canteen or attending Sports Day, the thought of a parent helping out in a class can be mortifying.
Yet, last year’s Parent Opinion Survey indicated that our families would like to be more involved with their children’s learning.
Our school has invested in an online Learner Management System, Day Map and increasingly staff are using this to attach class notes and copies of assessment tasks, etc.  Over time the plan is to provide parents with an access code which would enable them to see this, along with attendance information and assessment results.
What do you think of this?  Would you like having more information about the ‘nitty gritty’ of your child’s learning programme?  Do you have any other ideas about how we can connect better with you to support your child with their learning?