When we began in 2010 there were no devices in the hands of students by Feb 2012 there were 1330 devices being used daily by children. This exceptionally rapid roll-out of technologies and is described by MOC as “going viral” and skipping 18 of the 21 steps for a 1:1 laptop program.
There are currently approximately 2000 digital devices at MOC distributed as below:-
- iPads from Foundation through Year 8
- Chromebooks – Year 9
- MacBooks (MacBook Pro) from Years 10 – 12
- Specialist Suite (Multimedia – Windows “Gaming Spec” HP PCs’)
- Specialist Suites (Tech Studies – HP Windows Suite)
MOC students have 24/7 access in the Senior Years. There is 6 hours / 5 days per week for students in the Middle Years. Students (Years 7-12) can take devices anywhere in the school grounds.
Students from Year 1 to Year 6 all have class time access to their OWN device. Students in Foundation have access to class sets (1:2).
Students manage their devices through an online self-service kiosk (choosing what they want/need). All computers (teacher and student) can drive any piece of technology in the college (e.g. tv screen, 3d printer, interactive whiteboard). Technical issues are minimal due to students ‘adminning’ their computer
There is no ‘training program’ for students (or teachers) before we roll-out devices – MOC gives a device to “kids” and we ask them to tell us what it can do. For teachers it is – 1. ask a student / 2. ask another teacher / 3. ask Youtube / 4. Google.
Students are given administrator rights to their MacBooks and iPads in order to remove traditional barriers to student centred teaching and learning. Students, being empowered, need very little technical support as they take greater control over their own learning.
The school shuns traditional IT device and app training in favour of just-in-time mentoring and guided risk-taking. Teachers are highly empowered and supported as they adopt bolder approaches to using the technology in myriad ways appropriate to the learning context.
Our ‘philosophy’ is technology should be used to level the playing field. Devices are seen as a tool for creating, not just consuming – we have a big focus on multimedia starting at Reception (where 5-year-old students can have their own blogs)
We have new ‘creative industries’ curriculum offerings as a result, for example, what was Woodwork/Metalwork is now Design and Engineering (3D Design and 3D printing) and what was ICT is now Gaming and Multimedia (Apps development)
All years 7 – 10 students have 4 digital textbooks (English, Maths, Science, History) on their devices.
We have a major Social Media focus which provides the College with a means to publish to the wider world. MOC currently has 10 Facebook pages, directly showcasing the work occurring in our classrooms to the wider community. The main College page has over 1900 followers. Our work in social media has been recognised by DECD as leading practice.
There is a big push to ‘bring the world into MOC’ – students can access whatever resources they want when they want to. There are 25 big screen TVs capable of streaming educational content into buildings (students can also stream this content to the personal device). When not used for this they are used as live bulletins.
With our philosophy of ‘bringing the world’s resources into our classrooms’ we recently commissioned a backbone to provide our teachers and students with simple and immediate access to the ultimate in multimedia educational experiences. In addition to providing a vast library of content, including over 10,000 educational videos, study guides, videos, photos, music, documents etc are stored in a central digital library. Teachers and students then get simple and fast access to this content from their MacBook, iPad or interactive whiteboard. This backbone also allows teachers and students to build their own content library for free, through the recording of free-to-air education channels.
The Mark Oliphant College ICT User Agreement can be found at the link below.