Guide to Online Learning at MFHS
The learning of MFHS students is supported both physically in face to face lessons, but also online via Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. Students are expected to access:
- Their student email; and
- Google Classroom and/or MS Teams,
every school day to fully participate in all learning opportunities and wellbeing activities.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Macquarie Fields High School has implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) with Year 7-12 students.
All Student's devices will only be connected to the school systems once the student returns the BYOD agreement form and their device meets the minimum specifications required including antivirus installed. The form is to be returned to the Teacher Librarian in the School Library.
Devices compatible with the specifications
Families advised to purchase devices that meet these specifications. Notebooks (laptops) running Windows 10 or Mac IOS are the most compatible with the school wifi. Parents are also advised to purchase a suitable durable bag or case for the device. Students will need administrator access to their device to be able to join the school wifi.
HP BYOD Portal
The school has partnered with HP to create a BYOD portal to assist families purchase devices and accessories that are compatible with the school network.
www.hp.com.au/byod and use school code MacquarieFHS.
Support for families to access devices for use at home
For families who require support accessing a device for their child to use at home can arrange an appointment with their child's Deputy Principal on 02 9605 3111 to discuss their child's access needs. Depending on the child's needs, a small pool of school managed laptops are available for borrowing to use at home.
Navigating the DoE Student Portal
Software available for students
The Department of Education (DoE) has made Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Google Apps software available for free* for students to download onto a single personal device. Students can access this software by logging into their Student Portal accounts, and clicking on the My Learning Tools tab.
Should members of the school community wish to find out more about the Bring Your Own Device Program, please contact the school office.
Watch the video below on how to download Adobe software to a personal student device.
How to set up and print from Canva for DoE Students
Using Google Classroom
Google Classroom is a free online learning platform that allows teachers and students to engage with resources and tasks via an easy to use online format. Students at MFHS have been using Google Classroom, both at school and at home, for a number of years now. Google Classroom is endorsed by the NSW Department of Education and is fully supported by, and works with, the broader Google Education suite.
Google Classroom can be accessed from any device connected to the internet, including laptops, desktop computers, tablets or mobile phones.
Teachers can use Google Classroom to:
- Send announcements to entire classes;
- Share resources, including course notes, PowerPoints, diagrams, TV4Education videos, websites and Blended Learning tutorials;
- Set learning activities and homework; and
- Provide individualised feedback to students.
Students can use Google Classroom to:
- Communicate with their teachers;
- Access resources for their subjects;
- Complete set activities, including homework; and
- Access individualised feedback on their work.
Accessing Google Classroom
Each individual class at MFHS will have its own subject-specific Google Classroom, which will be overseen by the classroom teacher.
Students can access Google Classroom by:
- Logging into their Student Portal; or
- Downloading the Google Classroom app (Android and iOS).
Students must sign into Google Classroom using their student email and password.
Many students, especially students in Years 11 &12, will already be enrolled in a Google Classroom for each of their subjects.
Students who are not yet enrolled in a Google Classroom for some, or all, of their subjects, will receive a unique code via their student email. This code will allow them to ‘join’ (enrol) in the Google Classroom for their specific class and subject. It is essential that students are able to log into their student email, so that they can join all of the Google Classrooms and access work posted by their teachers.
Using MS Teams
Accessing STILE & Edrolo
Interactive science lessons based on real-world issues. The benefits of your favourite science textbook, workbook, videos, simulations, and assessments combined into a seamless teaching and learning experience.
At MFHS Stile is used in interactive lessons and assessment. It allows staff to easily track student progress and ascertain potential problems.
In junior years at least one assessment task per year utilises the platform.
Students login using their school email details. Students should talk to their teacher if there are login problems
Edrolo is an online learning platform specifically for Stage 6 courses.
While some content from the platform is used in class, its main purpose is to support student study in reenforcing the work completed in class.
What is expected of MFHS students when engaging with online learning?
Students are expected to complete all posted work. If a student does not understand a task or resource that has been posted, they can post a message to their teacher seeking clarification or further information.
Students are expected to follow the school code of conduct when engaging with online learning including showing positive behavior and ethical scholarship.
Who should I contact if I have questions or need more information?
If students are unable to access their student portal, or school email, please contact Ms Hannaford via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If students are unable to access the Google Classroom or MS Teams for a specific subject, they should contact their classroom teacher for that subject via email.
Futher Learning from Home Resources
For further information, please visit Department of Education learning from home resources
Sentral Parent Portal
The new Sentral Parent Portal is now live. Parents can receive
- alerts from the school direct to their phone,
- access their child's timetable,
- advise the school of their child's absence from school,
- view the school calendar,
- view copies of their child's report (from December 2021)
The portal is accessed either via the web interface or via the Sentral Parent App through your mobile device App Store
Please contact the office on 9605 3111 for an access key.
Sentral Student Portal
Students are able to check the following
- Student Daily Notices
- Pop Points and awards tallies
- School reports
Follow the steps in this video to sign into the Sentral Student Portal