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ICT and 1:1 MacBook Program

Madeley Primary School has a vision of 21st century learning with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…using technologies that haven’t been invented…in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet. To hold information-age jobs students need to think deeply about issues, solve problems creatively, work in teams, communicate clearly in many media, learn ever-changing technologies, and deal with a flood of information. The rapid changes in our world require students to be flexible, to take the initiative and lead when necessary, and to produce something new and useful.

Within the school students have access to ICT through:

  • a computer lab set up in the school library allowing teachers to teach students specific skills in ICT linking this to cross curricula areas. This facility is enhanced with a 50 inch digital screen for whole class activities.
  • the use of the wireless network for MacBooks, iPads, and iPods providing flexibility and portability and the opportunities for the students to be both innovative and creative.
  • the use of Smartboards as a teaching tool across all curriculum areas.

1:1 MacBook Program

Madeley Primary School embraces the 1:1 MacBook Program whereby each student Year 4 - 6 has their own laptop (either purchased through the school or privately).

Why do we have the 1:1 MacBook Program?

  • Technology is evolving and improving at a rapid rate.
  • Information today is always changing.
  • Children are surrounded by technology and it is part of everyday life.
  • Students experience, learn and develop a range of 21st century skills.
  • Allows students to engage in learning using tools they are familiar with.
  • Allows teachers the opportunity to design activities that were previously inconceivable.
  • Allows Global Collaboration with learning programs that connect to the rest of the world.

Students are able to:

  • use their MacBooks to access the ever growing information on the World Wide Web.
  • access websites to stimulate learning in their education.
  • use Applications on the MacBook to create & present work.
  • use technology to solve real world problems.
  • work collaboratively with other students using their MacBooks.

The Benefits of Students Having Their Own Laptop

  • Students with their own laptops can use them more often.
  • Students are able to take their MacBook home each night.
  • Students are able to finish work at home on the MacBook.
  • Students are able to explore and learn to use the Applications on the MacBook in their own time.
  • Students become more proficient at using their MacBook.