Gift of knowl­edge helps dig­i­tal switch

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

A hi-tech do­na­tion has given stu­dents a free ride on the in­for­ma­tion su­per high­way.

Marl­bor­ough Girls’ Col­lege has been gifted 90 new lap­tops, which would have cost the school about $40,000.

The kind-hearted ges­ture means no stu­dent will be left with­out a de­vice to study on as the col­lege moves to­wards be­com­ing a dig­i­tal-only learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal in charge of e-learn­ing Ju­lian Adam­son says the do­na­tion from the Red­wood Trust and New Zealand King Salmon was ‘‘very gen­er­ous.’’

All year 9, 10 and half of year 11 stu­dents need to have a lap­top avail­able for use in class.

‘‘Two years from now the goal is to have ev­ery­one on it [BYOD].

‘‘We have 70 lap­tops go­ing out on loan ev­ery­day and with­out this do­na­tion, the sys­tem just wouldn’t be able to work. We are truly grate­ful.

‘‘This is of great ben­e­fit to stu­dent learn­ing,’’ says Adam­son.

The Chrome­book com­put­ers can be bor­rowed dur­ing school hours but must be re­turned at the end of the day.

Lap­tops have to be kept on school premises for in­sur­ance rea­sons but moves are be­ing made to make changes to the pol­icy says Adam­son.

‘‘Not hav­ing a de­vice to use is a huge is­sue.

‘‘If you have four or five stu­dents that don’t have it then the teacher has to ef­fec­tively pre­pare two les­sons.

‘‘If ev­ery­one has a de­vice it’s a much richer les­son for all,’’ he says.

Adam­son says there are a num­ber of rea­sons why a stu­dent may not have a de­vice for school and not all were hard­ship re­lated.

‘‘They could have dropped one and cracked the screen,’’ he says.

All de­vices were wel­come at the Blen­heim-based col­lege with most stu­dents choos­ing to bring in lap­tops, tablets and Chrome­books.

‘‘It’s about how we are go­ing to have equal­ity of ac­cess and this gives us that.

‘‘We are very lucky to have a high speed in­ter­net con­nec­tion and while there are oc­ca­sional out­ages they only hap­pen once or twice a year,’’ says Adam­son.

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