Starting from 2022, all Year 9 students must have a suitable mobile device such as a Chromebook or laptop to use in class. Activities in class will often involve the use of mobile devices to keep notes, collaborate with others and access online resources. Mobile devices and ICT are now the pens and paper of our children’s world.
In accordance with Glenfield College’s Strategic Plan 2020 and beyond, it is expected that all Year 9 students will have their own devices to utilise as part of their learning programme. We will operate in a blended learning environment where a computing device is just one of many tools students will use for learning each day. While online and digital learning is important, Glenfield College students will also learn through paper-based books and resources, handwritten tasks, group discussions, hands-on practical tasks and physical activities.
We are able to support multiple devices, Mac and PC; however, it is expected that a Chromebook will be the most effective device in the junior school. Please note that no further software purchases will need to be made as students will use open source tools. It is important that the device is fit for purpose and meets the minimum specifications as outdated, poor quality or shared devices will make it difficult for students to have an effective learning experience. As the student progresses through the school, a laptop/notebook is the most effective device, especially at the senior levels when students may opt for subjects that need more specific software. The staff will be able to advise on this when the time comes.