Mount Carmel College has committed to providing the best opportunities for our students to engage with up-to-date technologies. We feel that such technology should support the development of relevant skills, including creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
Mount Carmel College is currently transitioning from an iPad program to a Windows 10 based laptop program.
|The College Board, Curriculum Team and Leadership Team are following the path laid out in 2019 for the introduction of laptops. This rollout will conclude in 2023 (see table below) with iPads from Prep to Year 4 and Laptops from Year 5 to Year 10.
A laptop will allow students to access the full curriculum on a device that will also prepare them for their College years. Some specialised software and services will be now accessible to the students, and we can better meet our students’ needs in preparing them for the technology demands of the 21st century.
The device chosen is the Lenovo Yoga 500w. Students lease this through the College over a four-year period, during which the College retains full ownership of the device, and therefore takes care of maintenance. At the end of this period, students/parents will own the device if all levies have been paid.
During the transition from iPad to laptop, student needs will continue to be met with existing curriculum as well as developed from engagement with the new technology.
The phased transition is planned as follows:
|iPad||Years 3 & 4 (MCC supplied class set)||Years 3 & 4 (MCC supplied class set)|
|Year 5, Year 10||-|
|Laptop||Year 6 (MCC supplied class set)||Years 5- 6 (MCC supplied class set)|
|Years 7-9||Years 7-10|
Information and training sessions will be held for students and parents early in Term One of each new school year. Topics covered include Apps, Online Safety, Cyber-Bullying, Digital Footprints, appropriate device usage and security settings.
For iPad students
If you are in Year 5 or Year 10 and wish to bring your own iPad, any iPad generation after the iPad Air 1 is suitable. Please note the iPad mini and iPad Pro 12.9 inch (the big device) are NOT suitable for student purposes. Students will also require a case (the more protective the better) and some students have found an iPad case with built-in keyboard to be very useful.
Apps required for students in 2021 can be found on the Book Lists page.