Pens, paper now students get iPads
FORGET the traditional pen and paper, West Moreton Anglican College’s Year 12 students now have the latest technology right at their fingertips.
Under the college’s new iPads for Teaching and Learning Initiative, 180 students were each provided with an iPad to use as a learning tool during their final year of secondary studies.
WestMAC principal Geoff McLay said the school was among the first in Queensland to implement the use of iPads as a tool for day-to-day student use.
Mr McLay said the initiative gave students the opportunity to combine traditional learning methods with state-of-the-art technology to enhance learning outcomes.
“The iPad is fast becoming accepted as a 21st century learning tool among educators and our own pilot saw positive reactions to the iPad from both students and teachers,” Mr McLay said.
Director of technology and information services Tricia O’Keeffe said the device meant students would be able to access information instantly, such as from online encyclopedias, as well as quickly create documents or PowerPoint presentations.
She said among its applications, students would also be able to load textbooks onto the device for easier access.
“The whole thing is about personalising learning to suit the student’s individual learning styles,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
The school has internet filters in place to prevent students from accessing any inappropriate content.
“When the students are at school they will have a WiFi only version, it doesn’t have 3G, which means they are not able to access the internet outside the school’s firewall,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
“All content will be filtered, the same as if they were using a computer in a normal lab.”
Ms O’Keeffe said along with the iPad, each student had received a specially developed list of free applications that could be downloaded to assist them with their studies.