The school’s policy on IT use is evolving with the changing landscape in Irish schools. The school is aware of the value of IT as a teaching tool and many teachers make good use of this. There are a number of disadvantages that make IT less useful as a learning tool, and so the use of tablets and laptops is restricted. Where a teacher deems it an advantage for any student to use a laptop or tablet computer in the classroom, then that student will be allowed use that resource in the classroom.
Rockbrook has an Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources in a safe and effective manner. Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions as outlined in the AUP will be imposed.
Download AUP (pdf) here
The school has a suite of Chromebooks available for classroom use, as well as a limited number of laptops which can be borrowed for short-term personal use within the school. The school has a reliable high speed internet resource available to all staff and students.
Students may purchase e-books for any of the prescribed textbooks and use these rather than textbooks, although the experience to date is that students and parents generally prefer to use textbooks.
The school has an evolving elearning plan which outlines its digital technology approach as it develops.