1:1 Laptop Project
The integration of notebook computers and supporting information technology equipment into the classroom represents an exciting era at John Willcock College. The project provides a wealth of rich educational resources and tools that, when used effectively, can deliver very positive teaching and learning outcomes. If the implementation of this new technology is not properly controlled however, there are certain pitfalls that students may encounter.
The Department of Education (The Department) has a need to support students in the appropriate and safe use of their new notebooks. By alerting parents and students to potential dangers, developing guidelines and providing advice and support, the exposure of students to potential problems can be minimised.
The Notebooks for Students project was initiated in response to Education and Training Minister Alan Carpenter’s 2003 announcement of a range of initiatives to improve the quality of educational facilities at the John Willcock College (The College). The objective of the project is to implement a range of innovations that explore and exploit the latest in educational technology.
Each student in the college receives a notebook computer to assist them to access curriculum and research materials.
The notebooks link to a wireless network providing access to the internet and curriculum materials as well as enabling communication between students, backup of data files and printing.
Students receive on-going training in the operation of the notebooks to gradually increase their skills in the use of technology to achieve positive learning outcomes.
Initially, usage of the notebooks is limited to within the college. However, it will be possible that, subject to certain guidelines being adhered to, the students will be able to take the notebooks home to complete homework and assignments.
The notebooks are obviously very valuable and, as such, certain procedures must be followed to ensure that the notebooks remain in good condition and operate effectively.
Provided these procedures are followed, then the Department’s insurance will honour claims for accidental damage or loss.