We must also move beyond seeing technology as simply a tool for word processing and gathering information. The development of computer skills and competencies is important, but it is not enough. In the 21st Century, success lies in being able to communicate, share, and use information to solve complex problems, in being able to adapt and innovate in response to new demands and changing circumstances, and in being able to use technology to create new knowledge and expand human capacity and productivity. The personal mobile device provides access to a range of applications that will assist them to process information, build key understanding of content and concepts along with the ability to design, create, share and solve problems.
We are preparing our students for the future and effective use of technology, which actively engages students in their learning and enhances their opportunities for developing creativity and working collaboratively, is vital. To support this the school runs two programs. Year 7 & 8 are part of the One-To-One program, while Year 9-12 are part of the BYOD program.
For students in Years 7 & 8 the schools provides netbook computers which can be borrowed by students at the request of class teachers. Students collect netbooks from the Information Resource Centre and use their student ID card to borrow. Students are responsible for the care of netbooks while borrowed under their account and students should follow the guidelines outlined in the Acceptable Use of Electronic Devices policy.
Effective Term 1 2020 - The College will be moving to a BYOD policy that includes all students Years 7 to 12. This is to ensure that all students have access to 21st Century Learning tools. The school website has the minimum specifications that the devices will require. The College acknowledges that there is a cost to this, the normal welfare strategies are in place at the College that will cater for families who need this support.
All Year 9-12 students participate in the MSC “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Program. This program has opened up the learning opportunities for our students providing them with easy access to anytime, anywhere learning. Students are required to bring their devices, fully charged to school every day. This immediate access to their personal device enhances their learning opportunities. Of course this is a great opportunity for our students but it is accompanied with clear expectations about the responsible use and care of their personal mobile device. It is the College’s expectation that students will be responsible digital citizens, using ICT within our’ Acceptable Use of Electronic Devices policy guidelines and develop positive attitudes towards ICT that foster lifelong learning, personal growth, collaboration and productivity.
For information on the type of device you should purchase for your child please see out BYOD information page.