Gift of knowledge helps digital switch
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.