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.
We have recently undertaken the initiative to improve learning opportunities for students by transitioning from an iPad program to a Windows 10 based laptop program.
The College Board, Curriculum Team and Leadership Team have been in consultation with parents, staff and students over the last two years. 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.
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||Year 3 (MCC supplied class set)||Year 3 (MCC supplied class set)||Year 3 (MCC supplied class set)|
|Years 4-6, 8-10||Year 5-6, 9-10||Year 10|
|Laptop||Year 7||Years 4, 7, 8||Years 4-9|
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:
Any iPad generation after the iPad 2 is suitable. Currently retailers stock the iPad 6th Generation and the iPad Pro 9.7 inch. 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.
We suggest that you try the major retailers of iPads (JB Hi Fi, Harvey Norman, Mac1, etc) to ascertain the best price. Mount Carmel College has a portal page with the following supplier to enable the process to be the most efficient and cost effective:
School Code: 2020MOUNTCCOL
If an outright purchase of the iPad creates financial hardship for any families, there is an opportunity to purchase one from the College, with payment over a 2-year plan. Please contact our Business Manager, Mrs Kerrie Loveluck via email or on 6216 7900, if you wish to discuss this option further.
Apps required for students in 2020 can be found on the Book Lists page.