Computers are provided by Bradford Forster Academy for all students to use. This means that computers are placed around the building and in classrooms. All students are encouraged to use the academy's computers to support their studies.
There are technicians who will ensure all computer equipment is maintained properly.
Key Rules for using computers at Bradford Forster Academy
- If you find a faulty computer please report it, do not leave it for someone else.
- NEVER give out your personal information to anyone over the internet.
- NEVER use your mobile phone or any other mobile device to record anything in the academy.
- Take a 5 minute break from the computer once an hour.
- DO NOT tell anyone your password, you are responsible for it.
- No eating or drinking near a computer.
- Obey academy rules when using the internet.
- DO NOT load any material relating to the school, students or staff onto the internet.
If you are not sure then ask!
- Each student will be provided with the following:
- An individual computer account. This will allow students to access software on any academy computer.
- An individual email account.
- Broadband Internet access from any curriculum computer.
- Secure network file storage (My Documents and other network areas)
- Network printing.
- Technical help during academy hours.
- Access to curriculum software.
- Students have a ‘My Documents’ area on the academy server. In this area students you can store any documents that you create as part of your academy work.
- There are limits to the amount of work you can keep in your My Documents folder, so that it is fair to other students.
- You will have more than enough space to keep your work, but if you run out then visit the IT office so that your area can be reviewed.
- Every computer in the academy has the following software.
- Microsoft Office Professional.
- Microsoft Word.
- Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Microsoft Outlook.
- Microsoft Access.
- Internet access with software to control use.
- Anti-virus software.
- Academy curriculum software.
- Computers are protected by security from accidental change. This means that some settings on the computer will be disabled when you use it.
- You must not change any computer settings.
- Every computer on the network has virus protection. Viruses are scanned for each time a student opens a document.
- If a virus is detected, a message will be displayed on your screen. You must report a virus or virus message to the IT office straight away.
- There will always be a technician available during the following hours.
- Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 4.00pm.
- The technicians are available to answer any questions you may have. They can only help you with academy computers.
- They cannot mend your home computer.
- The Internet connection, and email system at Bradford Forster Academy is for cademy use, and is for educational use only.
- Students must use the internet responsibly, and only look at sites that are appropriate for the academy. If students are unsure what is appropriate then they must ask a teacher.
- No work or messages on either the internet or on academy systems will be private.
- Information passing through or stored on academy computers, can and will be monitored.
- Students should also understand that the academy maintains the right to monitor and review computer, Internet and email use at all times on all PCs.
- Using the Internet for anything can be directly tracked back to the academy, and the student using it.
- Students are expected to act in a manner they would behave in person at academy, and obey academy rules.
- The academy has security to prevent access to certain inappropriate web sites.
- Students must not make use of Proxy web sites to avoid academy security. It is there for student protection
- This is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN:
- Students must NOT use any kind of recording equipment e.g. mobile phone to record at the academy.
- Students must NOT load any material relating to the academy, students or staff onto the internet AT ANY TIME.
- Students must NOT remove from the academy, give away to others, circulate or forward on any digital images, video, sound or any other kind of work in an electronic format even if you created it.
- Playing games on academy computers are not allowed in any lesson. Students may play games in some computer clubs, but students must get permission from their teacher first.
Students are not allowed to use the Internet for any of the following:
- Anything offensive.
- Content that will promote any kind of discrimination.
- Using resources to bully others.
- Anything to do with gambling.
- Spamming other email accounts.
- Taking any material protected under copyright.
- Destroying programs or data belonging to anyone at the academy.
- Downloading software of any kind.
- Participating in chatrooms.
- Anything that your teacher finds inappropriate
- Student personal privacy is the most important thing to remember when using the Internet.
- Students must not give anyone their details or details of anyone they know, even if it is believed they can be trusted.
- NEVER give out names, addresses, telephone numbers and email address to anyone
Students have access to email at academy. Students can get information on how to get access to their email from teachers and from posters on the ICT corridor.
When sending an email try to:
- Describe the subject of your email clearly in the ‘Subject’ field.
- Try to make messages short.
- If you use an attachment then be aware of the limits to the size of the email, don’t send any email larger than 10mb in total.
- Email is easily forwarded onto others, so be careful about what you write in an email. Do not write anything in an email that is unkind or inappropriate.
- Answering or responding to ANY kind of chain email is forbidden
- Students must not break copyright law.
- Downloading copyrighted videos, songs, images and coursework is stealing.
- If a student makes a copy without the permission of the author, the copyright becomes violated and the law is broken.
- When using copyrighted material from the internet, please credit site the image was downloaded from.
- If students are ever unsure please ask a teacher
- Students are allowed to print their work in the academy.
- Please only use a printer if a teacher gives permission.
- Printing in colour is very expensive.
- The academy has several colour printers, teachers can give students access to a colour printer, which should only be used for finished work.
- There are posters in the ICT rooms giving advice about good use of printers.
- It is not possible to repair or recover work from a faulty USB stick so it is very important to back up any work into ‘My Documents’ just in case.
- ICT areas must be left how you would expect to find them, clean and tidy.
- Please dispose of any rubbish or unwanted printouts in the recycle box.
- It is important for students to help to look after all academy equipment as it is being used. This can be done by always logging off the computer if you leave the room at any time.
- Do not touch the flat screens as this causes damage to them.
- No food or drink in the ICT rooms.
- If you are not sure how to use any part of a computer then ask.
- Do not attempt to move any computer equipment