UPDATE: August 2017
With the Ministry of Education announcement of the compulsory implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum and the continued evolution of other curriculum areas, as a staff we have spent some time considering how we can best serve our girls in the classroom, and ensure they are future-ready, with regards to their learning and the use of devices. With this in mind, to maximise the learning from 2018 onwards students in Years 7 and 8 will continue to use iPads for their learning and students in Years 9 – 13 will use laptops. We appreciate this is a change for our students in Years 9 and 10, and to minimise any disruption to their learning and cost to parents, there will be a transition period where our current Year 7, 8 and 9 students may continue to use their iPad through until the end of Year 10 if they choose to. Staff will teach across both platforms for the next three years as we phase out iPads from the Year 9 and 10 classes. We hope to keep costs for replacing devices to a minimum for our families, but also recognise that the new curriculum, with its focus on coding and web design, does require a high level of technological support, and that technology capability and demands are changing constantly.
The device requirements for St Hilda’s 2018 are:
- iPads for year 7 and 8 students
- laptops for year 9, 10 11, 12 and 13 students (current Year 7, 8 and 9 students may continue to use their iPad through until the end of Year 10)
St Hilda’s currently recommends Apple devices as they allow us to run an easily managed system with a strong focus on teaching and learning. The devices specified are high quality devices that have a long battery life and quality components.
Each year we arrange a ‘bundle’ purchase deal for computers that includes the computer or iPad, a protective sleeve, a backup drive for the computers and a warranty.
We review prices each year from various vendors and currently our supplier of choice is Cyclone Computers.