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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