Technology at Hillbrook
Starting in 2018, Hillbrook is moving away from a Junior iPad/Senior Laptop program to a school-wide Laptop program over the next two years.
Due to the emphasis on digital education in primary school, we find most Year 7 students are already familiar with tablet devices and are ready for laptop use. As more teaching tools become web-based and cross-platform, the advantage iPads once had with their app is no longer as relevant.
Starting in 2018, Year 7 students will join the Laptop program, while Year 8 and 9 students will continue in the current iPad program until the end of Year 9.
This new approach sees many benefits to our students and their families, including improved support from teachers, increased IT support, warranty and insurance, teaching and learning is streamlined as students have the same device across all year levels
For further information about the program, please read the Laptop Program FAQ’s document. Please note that the School program provides a new upgraded laptop for all students, at the beginning of Year 10.
Laptops at Hillbrook
Hillbrook’s laptop program for students is an exciting initiative to support our focus on teaching and learning.
In an increasingly digital world it is essential that our students develop ICT skills and abilities and importantly, they are able to use such technologies in their everyday learning. It is not about learning to use the technology but rather using the technology to enhance learning. Currently all Year 10, 11 and 12 students are provided with a school laptop. The laptop program is supported by an Online IT Helpdesk, an IT Support Centre and explanatory information.
We have to think what we are preparing students for
(Rodney Reed, Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University)
iPads at Hillbrook
In 2018 and 2019, iPads will be the primary computing device for Years 8 and 9 respectively. The use of these mobile devices is designed to introduce students to a broader variety of teaching and learning activities.
Teaching and learning for students using an iPad will continue to be focused around the iPad’s versatility, and the range of apps that provide teachers with opportunities for innovative learning goals, and students with creative tools for deeper understanding and knowledge creation.
Students will not need a laptop for their classroom work, during these two years. .