School finds success with ex-corporate computers

A policy of buying refurbished CANZ computers has helped Waiopehu College achieve its hardware goals, writes John MacGibbon. Waiopehu College, a 700-student secondary school in Levin, is well-equipped computing-wise, with better than one computer for every two students. Helping the school achieve this ratio has been a policy […]

Building the world’s largest student laptop scheme

Ten thousand new computers are introduced into NSW schools each week under the Australian state’s Digital Education Revolution plan to offer 1:1 laptop support in schools. Lee Suckling finds out more. The Digital Education Revolution policy in New South Wales is developing the world’s largest full 1:1 student […]

Any time, anywhere, any laptop

School Orewa College decided against an official student laptop programme. Instead, it’s encouraging students to bring in any laptop and connect wirelessly to the school’s network, explains Tony Zaloum. At Orewa College we firmly believe that if students have easy access to computers then the shape of teaching […]

Unleash the games console in your classroom

Why are computer games popular and is there something here for teachers and schools to learn from and exploit? David Kinane investigates. In the enlightened 70s, comics (especially those American ones with superheroes) were sniffed at by those in the know as a poor substitute for reading; yet […]

A new way of running school software

A new way of running school software Burnham School has adopted a cloud computing solution, taking much of its administration online. Lee Suckling talks to Principal Rob Clarke about his school’s use of Google Apps. “Google Apps offers incredible flexibility, the whole nature of communication can change when […]

Should computers be allowed in exams?

That was the question we asked. While the majority of you aren’t in favour, it’s fair to say opinion is somewhat divided. Here’s what you had to say. “No. There is too much out there. It’s too easy to get EVERYTHING off the Internet. It would be silly […]

Should you put your head in the cloud?

Is your understanding of the technology a little hazy? Looking for the silver lining? Lee Suckling forecasts a bright future for cloud computing. What is cloud computing and where did it begin? “Cloud computing is the ability to share and collaborate documents and projects with others on the […]

Windows 7: As approved by a Mac guy

Microsoft recently unveiled its latest operating system, Windows 7. What’s it like? Is it any good? Should your school upgrade? Marc Clarke investigates – and likes what he sees. If you’d asked me earlier this year whether I’d be writing an article about Windows 7 I would have […]

How do you prove the actual value of ICT?

Organising an activity that uses ICT is easy, the challenge lies in proving it actually improves learning outcomes for students, writes Deidre Senior. Over the last few years I have seen what ICT does for students: it engages them; it enriches learning experiences; it allows connections to be […]