The focus of the 1:1 program at Emmaus College is to provide tools and resources to the 21st Century learner. The use of mobile decvices to facilitate learning enables students to have unlimited access to multiple digital resources.
2017: iPads Years 7 to 9
Laptops BYODD Years 10 to 12
Why iPads? Years 7 to 9
The iPad’s tactile interface and media-friendly approach introduce an element of fun into the learning experience. Many subject specific apps, exploit the iPad’s capabilities to support multiple learning styles, inviting users to match their understanding with various images, videos, music and geographic locations. Thus the iPad presents data that is visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic.
The personal nature of the device is also important. The iPad is able to support multiple learning and teaching styles. A broad variety of Apps are available so that students can select those most suitable for their learning needs, as well as making choices on how they demonstrate their understanding and construct knowledge.
The iPad was designed as a complementary device alongside a desktop or laptop computer. This ICT device has applications which can create documents, spread sheets & presentations as well as multimedia files. Although these applications have many functions, they are limited and at times, students will need to use a desktop or laptop computer to complete more complex tasks. It is envisaged that in 90% of cases, teachers will set activities which the iPad Apps can easily handle. There will be times when teachers will need to organise classes in computer labs in order to utilise the more powerful software capabilities on the school desktops.
- Through the use of different Apps, students are able to choose the type of product they will construct to demonstrate their understanding – truly personalising learning.
- The abundance of Apps and access to information on a vast range of topics allows students to pursue areas they are interested in learning about.
- There is anywhere, anytime access to current information that contains text, sound, images and interactivity. Information is represented with rich multimedia and data visualisation techniques.
- The iPad provides 1 to 1 accessibility, anywhere anytime.
- Collaboration: Texts and documents (including PDFs) can be annotated and commented on by multiple students and teachers.
- Light and portable, easily carried in the school bag and to and from home and class.
- A 10 hour battery life means the iPad can be used throughout the entire school day.
- Notes can be kept in one spot, commented on and available for access anywhere.
- The touch interface correlates to the technology students use in their everyday life (i.e. iPods, iPhones etc) and allows a high level of interactivity.
- The instant start-up of the iPad means greater use of class time for learning – no more waiting for login.
- Some heavy, expensive school textbooks will be replaced by eBooks. These can be updated easily in a timely fashion.
Laptops BYODD Years 10 to 12
After significant consultation with teachers and students, and an investigation of contemporary research into the effective use of ICT in schools, Emmaus College will be mandating the use of Laptop computers for senior students. This began with Year 10s in 2016 and will continue.
Research indicates that senior secondary education requires students to complete more complex tasks. Laptop computers have high end capabilities which enable more timely and efficient completion of assessment tasks. From an educational perspective, there is also the need for students to understand communication, collaboration, creativity and problem solving using digital resources. These important skills will be beneficial in virtually all professions once students enter the workforce.