In 2015, we are trialling a 1:1 laptop program for students in Year Four. This approach does not significantly change what is being taught, however it has the potentially to dramatically change how students learn and present their ideas. Should the 1:1 laptop trail prove to be successful, we will continue this approach to student use of technology at St Elizabeth’s.
Ultimately student achievement is the key factor in this approach. As members of a digital age, it is vital that students are provided with every opportunity to engage with each other, with information and with the world in a safe environment. By introducing students to the responsibilities of digital citizenship at this age, appropriate learning can occur within a safe controlled environment, so that these necessary skills are grasped as early as is practical.
This year we have held information sessions for parents on this topic and will continue to do so in subsequent years should we continue with this 1:1 approach.
Currently our device of choice is the 11’ Mac Air. Should this approach continue into 2016, associated costs will covered by parents, either through the purchase of the school endorsed device, or through the additional costs added to school fees.