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1 A 1:1 ratio of computers to students in Years 9-12 at Marist-Sion College Peter Houlahan, Principal

2 An increasingly digital world Technology changes rapidly Technological skills and ‘literacy’ are increasingly required for employment Employment market changes rapidly

3 Offered to all schools in Australia A 1:1 ratio of computers for students in Years 9 to 12 Funds are provided per machine plus some extra for infrastructure, teacher professional learning, software, etc.

4 New technology must be Laptops/Notebooks Easily available & accessible Sturdy and reliable Security of laptops at school Families need to commit to Acceptable Use Policy and take responsibility for machine Staff need to adapt teaching to make good use of technology ICT support and maintenance facilities Insurance

5 With approval of the Board we are adopting a laptop program Initially we will move to a 1:1 program at Years 10 – 12 complimented with a 2:1 program (making use of existing machines) for Years 7 to 9 We must prepare for future changes which may one day include online assessment In the future, it is possible that program will extend to junior levels

6 Many lessons have been learned, researched, and added to the literature. Successful Implementations take time Sufficient Technical Support Structures need to be in place School Leadership Classroom Management Strategies Teacher’s Attitudes and Beliefs Teacher Professional Learning

7 “The focus will never be on the technology. Rather, it’s the learning that counts. It’s worth keeping in mind that laptops are only a tool. They’re at our disposal to make learning easier, and more enjoyable and meaningful for children.” (Holmes, 2008)

8 ‘Students spent more time giving presentations’ 74% ‘Students are more interested in class’ 84% ‘Students help each other more’ 84% ‘Students take more initiative outside class time’ 65% ‘Students writing quality is better’ 57% ‘Students overall quality of work is better’ 65% ‘Students get more involved in in-depth research’ 85% ‘Students work harder at their assignments’ 79% ‘Students revise their work more’ 78%

9 ‘Having a laptop helps keep me organised’ 75% agreed ‘I would rather not use my laptop’ 78% disagreed ‘I prefer to write assignments by hand instead of typing them on my laptop’ 70% disagreed ‘I am more involved at school when I use my laptop’ 56% agreed, 29% neutral ‘I am more likely to revise/edit my work when I use my laptop’ 73% agreed ‘I do more school work when I use my laptop’ 52% agreed, 31% neutral ‘The quality of my work has improved since I got my laptop’ 47% agreed, 37% neutral

10 1:1 for 9 – 12 at least 300 extra computers Yr 10, 2011 Yr 9, Term 4, 2011

11 Cybersafety Digital Citizenship Effective Teacher Professional Learning Time Compliment contemporary teaching practices

12 At this stage, nothing extra. The Government has already provided funding to the Catholic Education Commission to cover the cost of the computers. The Federal Government has committed to ongoing funding of the program. If there is a change in Government, it may affect how far the program goes.

13 Interdisciplinary Learning Co-ordinator

14 Technology will be integrated within students’ lives Developing student responsible use and digital citizenship Laptop Deployment Partnership with Parents Importance/Use of our Learning Management System My Marist-Sion (Blackboard) will be crucial to success

15 We need work in partnership with our families There will be many challenges (Think Donald Rumsfeld Known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns…) We are having frequent meetings and getting expert assistance from the CEO Team is in place, training of staff is underway

16 School will retain ownership of the laptop (possibility of purchase for a small fee at the end of 3 years) Laptop will need to be returned to the school prior to a student leaving the college Policies on breakage & loss will form part of the agreement All parents and students will need to sign the agreement prior to picking up their laptop (date to be determined)

17 As the laptop remains property of the College we are able to volume license software The complete Microsoft Office package and Adobe Suite will be installed by default The college will select other software which suits particular educational purposes Software will not automatically install on the laptop Drivers for home printers and other peripherals will be permitted

18 Unauthorised software will not be permitted They must be kept sticker and graffiti free Unless families opt for internet control software on their principle home computers, we recommend not allowing access to a home wi-fi network. This is however is a family decision. All machines should arrive at school fully charged, ready for the day Students must commit to using them appropriately in class, as a learning tool. At home they are to be used first and foremost for learning, afterwards…

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