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One to one laptop program

Year five is known as our ICT juncture year, a year in which students are provided with enhanced technology access in classrooms through the option of a one to one laptop program. Two models operate: a classroom enhanced model in which the school funds up to five laptops for student use at school, as well as the interactive whiteboards installed in every room  in the school and the shared access to kits of iPads, iPods, digital cameras and other peripheral devices , and a one to one laptop program in which parents purchase a specified device from a portal or their preferred supplier, providing unlimited access for students to their own laptop at home and school.  Each year an induction meeting is held for parents and students to explain the program options and provide information to support parental decisions.  Data collected about the program indicates high levels of student and parent satisfaction with this program.  

In year four, we also provide each child with a modified laptop XO device for class use.  This device provides enhanced access to technology within the curriculum delivery and is a great 'rehearsal' for the one to one programs on offer from year five.

Our one to one laptop handbook contains further details.  For students already in the program,  a laptop fault notification form (PDF, 238 KB) can be downloaded  if your machine is experiencing problems.  This form needs to be given to our school technician as soon as any fault is noticed.

In 2016 our school trialled a MakerSpace, one of only seven primary schools in the State being offered this option.  The MakerSpace contains 3D printing capacities and a range of non-standard ICT devices which students can use to design new solutions and to solve problems.  The MakerSpace supports innovation across the curriculum and helps students develop coding knowledge and thinking in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

Virtual classrooms and online learning opportunities

Most year levels at Frenchville have an online virtual classroom presence, supported by ‘The Learning Place’. These classrooms are online resources containing information and digital pedagogy which supports learning in that year level.  Sections in the virtual classroom or Ed Studio include literacy and numeracy supports, homework tips, website and games related to core curriculum content and a parent blog. Each child in our school has a unique user name and password which gives him/her access to the virtual classroom and their own email address.