Mount Waverley Secondary College places a high value on student learning and academic growth which is at the forefront of everything we do.

Developing each student’s potential and ability to the fullest is strengthened by the integration of digital technologies as educational tools.  Digital learning devices provide opportunities for the development of essential learning skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity and problem-solving, enhancing student learning. It will allow our students to;

  • Collect information
  • Create Connections
  • Expand understanding

 

Year 7 Digital Learning

Year 7 students in 2020 will use a hybrid device to support their learning.               Digital Learning Program Flyer

There are many arguments for different technological devices.  The college wanted a device that was personal, engaging and could be used all day. The hybrid device meets these requirements.

There are many reasons why the college has made this decision. Some of the key reasons include;


Learning

Infrastructure/Cost

Other
  • A technological learning tool
  • Access to rich resources
  • Greater scope for student self-directed learning
  • Opportunities to collaborate
  • Ability to annotate work
  • Used anytime and anywhere
  • Long battery life
  • Lightweight & Portable
  • No moving parts
  • Stylus provides versatility
  • Intuitive – ease of use
  • Student are familiar with this technology
  • Very appealing to students
  • Personal responsibility of students for device and content
  • Prepare students for a technology rich society

 

The device will be owned and maintained by the student/family.  The college has established a partnership with a local business, CompNow, which will be responsible for the supply and maintenance of the device. The cost of the package from CompNow will include the device, a cover and a warranty.

Students will be able to utilise a range of software applications and programs on the device. The device will be used in core subjects; English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and will also be used, where appropriate, in other subjects as well.

As a college, we are excited to introduce this new program and believe that it will further enhance our students’ skills and capabilities and allow them to engage deeper in their learning. We also believe that the implementation of a hybrid device program dovetails into the existing BYOD program operating at Years 10 to 12 within the college and, offers greater versatility and capacity to assist students in their learning and communication, creation and collaboration within their classes.

After research and discussion, the devices required are;

Lenovo Yoga 11e (8 GB RAM/ M3 processor) OR Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga (8GB RAM)

 

 

Year 8 – 9 iPads

Students from Years 8 to 9 can continue to use their iPad Air or above.

 

 

Year 10 – 12 BYOD

In Years 10-12 the expectation is that students will bring a devices that have sufficient capacity to operate web based applications such as Google Docs; YouTube; view and store all eBooks; load personal software, if required and store multimedia and other data.  The BYOD program is compulsory.

We recognise that at this point in education each student has differing needs. This is why are giving students the ability to choose, from approved devices. Each device has different weaknesses and strengths.

The college has designed it’s teaching and learning program around web based interfaces. This means that all students should be able to access and complete their work from anywhere, so long as the have access to a web browser.

 

 

Approved devices for 2020 for Year 10 – 12 students are listed below

Your device needs to have the capacity to last all day without being charged at school.

  • iPad Air and above
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Apple Macbook Air / Pro
  • Any windows laptop
  • Other *
Questions to consider when choosing your device
  1. Does my device suit my subject needs?
  2. What sort of warranty does my device have?
  3. Will my device allow me to type easily?
  4. Does my device have relevant inputs ? e.g. usb?
  5. Does my device have adequate storage?
  6. Does my device stay charged all day?
  7. Can I easily read a pdf or eBook?
  8. Does it have good capacity to view and edit multimedia, if required?