27 May 2014 ryan.chadwick | Technology |

Homebush Boys High School in conjuction with Arinum Solutions have recently developed a Free School App which an be downloaded for both iOS & Android. 

iOS: 
https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/homebush-boys-high-school/id650717985?mt=8

Android: 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.homebushbops.com&hl=en

Cost: $0

There is a username/password which will need to be entered once you have downloaded and run the app for the first time:
Username: community
Password: homebushbohs

 

This App has 4 core functionalities:

1) Active Academic & Activities Calendar: The calendar functionality of the App has all the events of the school broken down by grades and terms. This will replicate the school community calendar available on our website.

2) Instant Push Notifications: This is an amazing feature which will allow the school to push notices or urgent messages to users.

3) Photo Gallery: Photos from school events will be published instantly and the users can share these photos with family and friends straight from their personal mobile device or just save these memorable photos on their device.

4) News: Used to distribute newsletters and news items to the community. Accessible almost in every part of the world, it reduces paper usage, carbon footprint and there's nothing extra to carry.

 
08 April 2014 ryan.chadwick | Technology |

At Homebush Boys we have 8 computer labs.  We make sure they are well maintained so that students and staff have access to reliable and fast computers kitted out with the latest software.

We have two types of labs:

  • 1:1 Student to Computer: In these labs each student has their own computer.  These labs are good for self paced study to allow students to develop essential computer skills, explore and experiment and develop a solid foundation on using technology.
  • 2:1 Student to Computer: In these labs students typically work in pairs at the computers.  This teaches students how to work together and has many benefits including allowing them to share and learn from each others experiences and strengths.  They also learn how to teach others and get a deeper understanding of the social implications of technology.  This model is similar to Pair Programming, a method regularly used in Agile Programming which is a popular programming approach.

We have found that the combination of these, in conjunction with extensive integration of classroom technology supports a robust learning environment whilst also teaching students how to use technology well to achieve amazing outcomes.

Guidelines for Use

The primary purpose of the use of computers at school is educational.

Students must use computers as directed by their teacher. Teachers have discretion to view any content on computers used during school time.

Students shall make no attempts to circumvent the school’s network security and/or filtering policies. This includes setting up proxies and downloading programs to bypass security.

Students shall not use computers for:

  • Gaming
  • Social media and peer communication
  • Viewing videos
  • Listening to music
08 April 2014 ryan.chadwick | Technology |




At Homebush Boys, technology is more than just a SmartBoard at the front of the room.  We develop students that not only know how to use technology but have a deep understanding of how it works, how it fits into the bigger picture and how to use it to do incredible things.  Your son will have many opportunities to experiment and explore with technology including:

  • Letting their imagination run wild with 3D printing.
  • Developing problem solving skills with Lego Mindstorms.
  • Creating a virtual world with a variety of 3D modelling suites.
  • Sparking their entrepreneurial spirit with iPad app development.
  • Using digital cameras to capture inspiring interpretations of the world around them.

 

(Images 1, 2: Students developing Lego Mindstorms competitors for the RoboCup tournament.)
(Image 3: Students printing custom chess pieces on the 3D printer.)