Parent Owned Laptop Program
In 2009 Churchlands SHS successfully implemented a student one to one laptop program, initially with Federal Government Funding. From that time, Churchlands has invested significantly in teaching and learning programmes with laptops being an invaluable tool. In essence teacher’s pedagogical practise has changed with the expectation that all students will have access to a laptop during class. Unfortunately this funding ceased in 2013 and from 2014 parents of students have been invited to participate in a parent funded “full service” model.
Whilst we understand the concern raised by some parents regarding the cost associated with purchasing a unit, it must be emphasised at Churchlands SHS we believe in equality of educational opportunity, and wish to ensure every child achieves their learning potential. To assist with this the school has a loan fleet of 100 day use laptops available from the library.
Why should students own a laptop?
The school has embraced the use of technology to emphasise 21st Century Skills and to reinforce the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum for example;
- Applying Social and Ethical protocols and practices when using ICT
- Investigating with ICT
- Creating with ICT
- Communicating with ICT
- Managing and operating ICT
Hence it is essential that all students have a working laptop with them to facilitate their learning.
We have found that in Years 7-9, the focus of ICT is to create information, whilst in Years 10-12 the students are usually consumers of information. This will be part of your evaluation process when you purchase a device.
From 2016 Churchlands SHS has offered two approaches for parents to purchase a laptop for their children. We will continue to offer the successful “Full Service” model from Stott & Hoare and also an “On your own” model where a laptop can be purchased from any vendor, as long as it meets the minimum specifications.
Each unit should have:
- Windows 10 (x64) Operating system.
- Office 2016 Pro Plus.
- At least 6 hours of battery life at moderate utilisation.
- A “corporate” grade Anti-virus eg McAfee, Symantec, Trend etc.
- Units must have a physically connected “full” keyboard so students can be productive in class.