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Looking Ahead: A Technology Leap

26 June 2014

Some of you will know that we have redesigned our technology curriculum and have been explicitly teaching Computer Programming and Digital Literacy this year, moving away from the more traditional ICT syllabus that was common in schools.

We’ve seen some great pieces of programming and robotics from both primary and secondary students and we are developing all of this more next year.  We are investing heavily in new infrastructure: increased capacity on our wireless networks and internet links, new state of the art computer rooms in both primary and secondary buildings, more Lego robotics kits and more laptops and macbooks for use in lessons throughout the school.  Masterminded by Ms Makin and Mr Broadbent, ‘hard core computing’ is grabbing the interest of students young and old.  As a former software engineer, I have been delighted to see these changes and I’m keen to see more.

We have also been running trial projects in different parts of the school to look at how we might increase the use of technology in our day to day learning.  As a result of this, we have decided to start a programme during the course of next year to phase in iPad minis across parts of the school – from Years 5 to 9 next year.  We will write in more detail about this at the start of the new academic year, but essentially we will – a year group at a time – be asking students to own an iPad mini (or iPad) and bring it to school with them as a learning tool.  We will be arranging preferential rates for purchase early next year. 

At the same time, we’ll be investing in all the infrastructure necessary to make this as success: connectivity, display technology, charging stations and connections to printers, for example.  We are also looking at availability of eBooks and researching and testing different apps.  We’ve waited until we are confident that the time is right to take the next ‘technology step’, and we are very much looking forward to this next year.  Watch this space for August.

- Stuart White, Vice-Principal