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Throughout the course of the past several months MLP12C has been working hard to develop a new 3 year  eLearning Strategy that will guide and drive technology integration alongside current curriculum teaching and learning practices. Recently, and after much deliberation, our 2015-2017 eLearning Strategy has been finalised and ratified by College Council.

The strategy was developed in conjunction with members of the following:

  • The College principal class team,
  • College staff including leading teachers, year level team leaders, learning area leaders, teachers,
  • College network manager,
  • College council president,
  • Hardware reseller and supplier.

The evening to develop this strategy involved discussing current and future needs of our students as well as reflecting on the current strategy at the time with an emphasis on areas for improvement. 6 key questions were focused upon with all attendees giving valuable input. These focus questions were as follows;

  • What technology are we wanting our students to have access to, in all year levels? 1:1? Mobile Technology? Laptops? Specialised Labs?
  • Which model of technology integration will best suit our needs and wants? And in what cohorts? College Owned, BYOD, Co-Contribution? What will the financing of this look like?
  • How will the technology available be used to re-shape and enhance teaching and learning practices?
  • What further technical support and infrastructure and will be required?
  • What other, if any, technologies will be required to support student and teacher devices. Classroom A/V, IWB’s, LED’s, Apple TV’s, 3D Printers, etc…

Of the three components within the strategy, the main one of interest for parents and families of Manor Lakes P-12 College will be the device allocation model, outlined below.

Early Years Middle Years Senior Years Support Centre
Prep – Year 4

 

1:1 BYOD iPad Program

 

*Minimum device specifications:

 

Apple iPad 2 Device running iOS 6 or higher.*

 

Year 5 – Year 8

 

1:1 BYOD iPad Program

 

*Minimum device specifications:

 

Apple iPad 2 Device running iOS 6 or higher.*

Year 9 – Year 12

 

1:1 BYOD Apple Technology Program

 

*Minimum device specifications:

 

Apple iPad 2 Device running iOS 6 or higher.*

 

Late 2009 White Unibody Apple MacBook or higher.*

As per P-12 provisioning.

 

As per P-12 provisioning.

 

*Minimum device specifications: 

 

Apple iPad 2 Device running iOS 6 or higher.*

 

Late 2009 White Unibody Apple MacBook or higher.*

The information below has been directly taken from the 2015-2017 eLearning Strategy;

“The above provisioning model will see all students within our college with a personal mobile device which can be tailored and customised to suit individual learning needs. Specific applications for both iOS and osX devices will be determined on a yearly basis due to the needs of the students and teachers, as well as new technological developments, arise overtime.* 

The success of our current BYOD model of 1:1 integration has certainly prompted and encouraged a P-12 approach. Through a coordinated and transparent focus towards BYOD, MLP12C and its stakeholders directly affected, can work in cohesion to ensure technology is available to more students, more often, more of the time. The initial theory behind BYOD, which was first coined by ‘Intel’ in 2009, was to allow students access to their own devices at school to support learning in and out of the classroom. BYOD was also driven and fostered by educational institutions, such as MLP12C, to combat a major challenge that many institutions face and that being a lack of financial support to provide quality technology, especially from a 1:1 mindset, to support 21st Century teaching and learning practices. 

 As a college we fully understand that a BYOD model of integration does not suit all MLP12C families. Due to this we will endeavor to support all students without a 1:1 device for whatever reason as best we can in the following ways;

  • The loaning of devices to students via the college resource centre will be available for both iOS and osX devices. This will be initially in the form of:
  • 50 x iPad devices for Prep to 8 students
  • 20 x White Unibody Apple MacBooks for students in years 9 – 12. 

Prior to loaning of devices, student families will be required to initially sign a MLP12C Shared Loan Device document outlining the ‘terms and conditions’ for loaned and borrowed devices.  

  • The placement of iMac Desktop computers in specific learning houses. This will equate to approximately 50 devices at the beginning of 2015 with this set to increase as needs arise.
  • To ensure all senior years (9-12) subjects that are ICT focused are located within one of MLP12C’s iMac Learning Labs. Currently 2 iMac Labs, conclusion of 2014. To increase this to 4, minimum, by the beginning 2015.  
  • For the number of College owned ChromeBooks to increase from 25 to 50 to continue to assist with online applications and assessment practices. Discussions to be had also around adding ChromeBooks to the allowed 1:1 Device Provisioning Model after 2015.  
  • For rare occasions where alternative technology can not made available to students, alternative class work will be set to ensure all desired learning outcomes can fully be met by the students.

Finally, the current eLearning / ICT strategy has been a driving force towards MLP12C developing a clear and developed culture of high end technology use and integration. As per part of our eLearning Vision statement; we want the use of technology be a normalised, daily part of student learning to assist in meeting greater learning independence, outcomes, creativity and innovation.”

If you would like to view our college’s newly developed eLearning strategy, it can be downloaded via iTunes for those that have access to iBooks, either via a MacBook or iPad. For those who do not have access to those devices, it can also be downloaded via a shared Dropbox folder. The links to both of these are listed below. Alternatively, there will be hard copies located at the Burley Griffin and Argyle Offices.

Via iTunes:      http://goo.gl/EwnNm9

Via Dropbox:    http://goo.gl/GxprHs

Finally, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the College or myself via the email address below.

 

Thank You.

Corrie Barclay

corrie.barclay@manorlakesp12.vic.edu.au