STUDENT LAPTOP PROGRAM

King’s Laptop Program for Students

Special Invitation to current Year 10 parents -  you are invited to an  Information Evening on Wednesday, August 28 commencing at 7.30 pm in the Theatre where the King’s Laptop for Students initiative can be explained and discussed.

During this evening we want to share as much information as we can about this important plan, which is designed to assist student learning. Some of the topics we will cover include -

Why is King’s distributing laptops?

Which Year levels are receiving a laptop and when will this happen?

What will be the cost to parents?

How will ownership work out?

How will the laptop be used?

What support will be available?

What kind of device will students have? 

 

If you cannot wait until August 28, we have some information on our website. Look under Learning, Years 10 – 12 Laptop Program and you will see information already posted. “Planning for 1 to 1” and “Frequently Asked Questions” have been placed on this part of the website to give you more information.

To spark your interest here are some starting points for the Information Night.

Why is King’s distributing laptops to students?

Every adult and young people especially, appreciate the almost instant access to information at any time of day - this is the mark of the ‘digital age’. Not surprisingly, the way we access learning is changing in this digital world. Students can gain information, collaborate and ask questions, find solutions, receive feedback, access their files on the King’s network and plan for their learning using ‘on-line’ resources and tools. Many students are already doing this at schools and universities. One way to talk about this kind of learning is “access anytime, anywhere”.

Our ‘IT vision’ at King’s is to enable students to move to this kind of learning. Clearly the sort of technology that students and teachers use makes a big difference on how this can work out in practice. For the last 3 years King’s has used a mixture of IT rooms (Computer rooms) and laptops on portable trolleys.

We believe there are better ways now available – to place laptops in the hands of each student.

Who will be involved?

We believe Senior School students have much to gain from this style of access to learning, given the blend on ‘in-class’ and ‘out of class’ learning that is a feature of senior years. The increase in ‘research based’ activities in nearly all SACE subjects suits “anytime, anywhere learning and access”. For several reasons we think the first group in the laptops roll-out should be the 2014 Year 11 group. 

When will students receive this laptop?

For this first group, the Year 11 students in 2014 will receive their laptop mid-year. All students will use the same model laptop. This will give them 6 months use in addition to their Year 12 year.  In 2015, students in Years 10 and 11 will receive their laptop. We are now within 12 months from this initial roll-out and believe it is not too early to begin discussing the concept and details with you. (Some parents might already be considering an IT purchase.)

How will this be paid for?

The cost of the laptop, around $1200, will be paid for by parent contribution over 3 years. That is, $400 per year, broken down into payments for each term. For the initial group a pro-rata schedule will be worked out to allow for you to purchase the laptop if you would like. (For example, after 18 months the laptop would be halfway through an anticipated 3 year life). If you do not wish to purchase outright, the device can be simply handed back to the School.

I am sure there are many more questions you might like to ask, and of course that is the purpose of the Information Evening on August 28 2013. After the Information Evening you can still ask questions! You might like to contact either Hans Froese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Wayne Grady (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). I too would be happy to field a question.

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday August 28.

Russell Eley,

Principal

August 2013

Student Laptop Program

FAQ for Parents

 

Why do King’s students use laptops in the Senior School?

“Anywhere, anytime learning” is a way to capture the idea that learning can occur at times other than in the classroom, and other than when the teacher is present. It is about students accessing information and resources, discussing or collaborating, receiving feedback and assessment in an on-line environment. Many universities have already adopted this approach to learning. As a successful approach to learning there is good research evidence, for example the ‘reverse classroom’ (or ‘flipped classroom’).  This is the notion of students gaining ‘information’ and ‘declarative knowledge’ out of class, using on-line resources and coming to the class with their questions and applications of their learning. This classroom environment serves the purpose of collaboration and the application of knowledge rather than the distribution of knowledge as in the “traditional classroom”.

“Anywhere, anytime learning” refers to the way students engage with knowledge. One innovation is the on-line forum.  This is a place where students can ask/post questions, and other students can offer answers in an environment say, moderated by a teacher and only open to students in that class. This is already occurring at a South Australian school for Stage 2 Maths Applications.

Many senior schools are adopting various approaches to “anywhere, anytime learning”. The learning skills are sometimes referred to as “21st century learning skills”. Although I am not warm to this term, it is trying to convey the notion that learning in this medium involves new skills for teachers and new opportunities for learners. For example, we all know that students learn at different rates, and some need more reinforcement than others. “Digital Curriculum” enables a student to access learning materials, say at home, in their own time, to help them understand and review the major teaching points from a particular series of lessons.

The management of learning in this digital space enables students to access their personal data storage areas on the King’s network. Students can also post their assignments or questions, to staff. King’s is using SEQTA as the learning management system (LMS).

Russell Eley,

Principal

 

Laptop Rollout in the Middle School: The journey so far

At the start of 2016, Year 6 children embarked in an exciting new direction for King’s, the introduction of one to one devices in the Middle School classrooms. Students received training on how to use and maintain devices and on how to be a productive cyber citizen. Our Information and Technology teacher, Dennis Ambrose, worked closely with Year 6 students and teachers alike in order to upskill them so that maximum benefit of the device occurred. Through the use of digital technology, the Middle School seeks to provide all students with opportunities to engage in their learning, enabling breadth and depth of understanding, while developing students who aspire for excellence. Although in Year 6 the devices remained at school, in 2017 the Year 7 children will receive a brand new device that will belong to them. The device will travel between home and school once children have deemed themselves responsible. It will remain with the student throughout Middle School and they will receive a new device on entering the Senior School.

Adam Dunt,

Director of Middle School

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