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Background

This page is to support families with questions around Flinders Online Learning - particularly in relation to Technology. 

A section in the Flinders Online Learning Guide lists contact phone numbers and email addresses for each campus sub-school. Parents should be encouraged to contact their section of the school when seeking assistance.

Please note...

You may need your Flinders Parent login to access some content links included on this page.

See the Flinders Logins and Passwords section below.

If you are new to Flinders, you may wish to review the Flinders Knowledge Base for Parents for an introduction to our systems such as our Learning Management System, Moodle.

Flinders Online Learning

An overview is explained here in the Flinders Online Learning Guide, including information on daily routines, Zoom video conferencing, online protocols for students, and campus contact details.


Learning instruction and resources will primarily be provided via our existing online platform, Moodle. All Students and Parents/Guardians are assigned a login/password to access Moodle and other Flinders systems. Specific information for Year Levels can be found in the Flinders Online Learning Guide.


Primary school students will participate in a program specifically tailored for online learning. Please refer to the Flinders Online Learning Guide for an outline.

Secondary students will be operating with a normal subject Timetable while learning from home.

This Flinders Knowledge Base article shows you how to view your child's Timetable.


Primary school students must visit Moodle to indicate they are 'attending' Flinders Online Learning. Parents may need to assist younger children to login to Moodle with their Student user name and password and mark their attendance. 

See these video instructions for Primary Student families in the Flinders Knowledge Base.


NOTE: Teachers will mark attendance for Secondary Students.

Per the State Government directive for Term 2, if students can learn from home, they must learn from home. Exceptions are allowed where parents are essential workers or cannot make the necessary care arrangements.

To request onsite supervision, please email your campus.

Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom video-conferencing allows students to connect with their teachers and classmates in a live setting. It will be used frequently during each week to touch base, explain concepts, participate in classroom conversations, and direct the learning. Resources and activities will be accessible on Moodle Course pages, but Zoom will provide the touch-point for face-to-face connection.

See page 4 of the Flinders Online Learning Guide

For installation instructions, refer to the Flinders Knowledge Base article.


The Flinders Technology Team has reviewed the security and configuration options for the Zoom Video Conferencing platform. We are satisfied that with the appropriate configuration and user training, Zoom may be used securely at Flinders and while learning from home.

See this
Flinders Knowledge Base article for more information.


Flinders Logins and Passwords

Information about Parent Account passwords may be found via this Flinders Knowledge Base page, including:

  • How to find your Flinders Account ID (Community Portal ID)
  • How to Create or Reset your Flinders Account password
  • How to Change your Flinders Account password


All students have been allocated a Flinders login name and password for use at school. Information about student passwords may be found via this Flinders Knowledge Base article directed to the students themselves.

The format of the student login name is 'bgates20', usually the first initial of their christian name, followed by surname, following by a two digit number representing the year they will reach Year 12.

If a student has forgotten their password or login details, families will need to contact the Campus Sub-school to request a password reset. Contact phone numbers are listed in the Flinders Online Learning Guide.

For younger children in Years Prep to Grade 2, Flinders has recently sent a letter home to parents listing their children's login names and information about passwords.

Flinders logins provide access to multiple systems via Single sign-on (SSO). This works across Zoom, Moodle, Community Portal, Microsoft Office and G-Suite (Google Apps).

If a Parent logs in to say Community Portal with their own Flinders login credentials, then a student tries to access Moodle on the same computer, Moodle may remember the Parent login and access as a parent. (Even though Moodle is a different application to Community Portal.)

The reverse is also true if a Parent uses the same computer after a Student has logged in.

The solution is to first navigate to Moodle (https://our.flinders.vic.edu.au/); click on the name of the current user displayed in the top right-hand corner; then select logout from the drop-down menu. Once logged out, you should shutdown the internet browser in use (eg. Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) to clear memory of the previous user. Reopening your browser and navigating to a Flinders system, the user will this time be prompted for their own login and password.


Google Email and Moodle Messaging

Each student has a Flinders email address for G-suite (Google Apps) 

Information regarding Student email addresses may be found in this Flinders Knowledge Base article.


Information regarding G-suite (Google Apps) - including how to access Gmail - may be found in this Flinders Knowledge Base article


Moodle messaging allows communication between Students/Parents and the Teachers.

See how a Parent can message a Teacher.


Internet Access

Access to the internet will of course be required for Flinders Online Learning. Families may have non-existent or unreliable home internet, accessing email and internet only via mobile phones, or at work. Some families may have home internet but quite limited data plans.

Flinders would recommend the following:

  1. Home Internet: Where possible, we would encourage you to contact a Internet Service Provider (Telstra, AussieBroadband, TPG, for example) to arrange connection. The WhistleOut website is a good comparison website to help you choose.
  2. Wifi Modem: If not available or feasible, some homes have purchased 4G wifi modems. These connect to the internet just like a mobile phone with a SIM card and a Data plan. They can work in certain situations but with a data plan can be just as expensive as home internet. (See this website for an explanation of how they work.)
    NB: These are extremely scarce to purchase at present, due to many households working and learning from home.
  3. Hotspotting: Similar to a 4G wifi modem, your child's laptop can connect to the internet via your mobile phone's 'hotspot' capabilities. Please understand that this can use a lot of data and battery on your phone. We recommend that you plug your phone into a charger while 'hotspotting' and ensure you have a robust data plan.
    NB: Zoom Video Conferencing may use around 1Gb of data per hour.
  4. On-campus supervision: If you cannot arrange internet from home, your final alternative is to send your children to school to use technology on-campus.


This Flinders Knowledge Base article shows you how to connect to your home wifi or hotspot.


If your internet is slower that usual, it could be congestion in your area for a time. If persistently slow, or the problem doesn't resolve over time, then we recommend you first contact your internet provider and place a support call. 

If you cannot resolve the problem, then please refer to the FAQ above - "I don't have home internet"


For families with a limited data plan on their home (or mobile) internet. we would recommend you approach your provider to upgrade your plan.

If you are considering a new plan, please refer to the FAQ above - "I don't have home internet"

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you are unable to upgrade or connect to adequate home internet or would like to discuss further, please contact the College with your concerns or questions. We would value an opportunity to assist.

Laptops, Mobile Devices and Software

All Year 7 to 12 students should have a BYOD laptop for use at Flinders, which is perfectly suitable for use for Flinders Online Learning.

Where your child attends the Primary School or does have a functioning BYOD laptop, and you cannot arrange for a suitable computer at home, you may apply for a loan laptop from Flinders.

Please navigate to https://www.flinders.vic.edu.au/laptop-loan to complete an application form. Please be sure to complete all fields carefully to allow us to contact you with collection details.

NOTE: For some upper Primary year levels, all students may be directed to take home the school laptop they use in the classroom. You will not need to request a laptop if you are in this category. Please refer to the specific communication emailed to you at the announcement of a particular school lockdown for which year levels this will apply.  

A desktop PC or iPad or combination, may well be adequate for Flinders Online Learning. If students can access email, Moodle, and participate in Zoom video-conferencing, that may suffice.

The benefit of a laptop is the built-in webcam for Zoom Video-conferencing. A desktop computer could work by connecting a separate webcam. Either of these options allows students to connect to their teachers online, while simultaneously sharing what is displayed on their computer screen. (eg. A document or presentation)

Zoom Apps are available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. This would allow participation in a Zoom meeting with your child's teacher and classmates, but screen sharing may be much more difficult. 


To request technical support for a damaged or non-functioning laptop, please email servicedesk@flinders.vic.edu.au with the following details:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Campus
  • Student name and year level
  • Details of the nature of the problem and the support required


To request technical support to setup a new computer, please email servicedesk@flinders.vic.edu.au with the following details:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Campus
  • Student name and year level
  • Details of the nature of the request and the support required


Software Applications

Flinders licences a range of software for students to install on BYOD and home devices. There is no cost to families for Microsoft Office. Eligibility criteria applies for Adobe software.


User guides for using Flinders applications may be found in the Student section of the Flinders Knowledge Base.


Additional resources



Flinders Coronavirus
Parent Information

  • Latest Update 
  • Onsite Supervision
  • Online Learning Guide
  • Previous Communication




Flinders Online
Learning
Guide

  • Daily Routines
  • Tips for Parents/Carers
  • Video Conferencing (Zoom)
  • Online Protocols for Students
  • Key Contacts


 


Flinders Knowledge Base
for Parents and Students

  • Technology Overview
  • 'How-To' articles
  • Software licensing