s c h o o l n o t e b o o k a c c e s s p r o g r a m m e e d u c at i o n
February 2009 | Issue 48
The new year has begun and despite numerous shiny new notebook
computers delivered into the hands of many Saint Kentigern students
in recent weeks, I am pleased to report that the classroom of 2009 still
bears some resemblance to the classroom that we, as adults and parents,
experienced ourselves, long ago and perhaps far away, in what our young
folk might describe as ‘another universe’ or ‘ancient history’.
However, as I am sure we all appreciate, there is a time and a place for the
traditional forms of teaching, for handwritten essays, textbooks and formal
assessments and such like. But the advances and advantages of technology
has ensured that the classroom of today is well connected and, to an
increasing degree, global. The 2009 SKC notebook computer is one of the
lightest and the most advanced to date, and perhaps we have come to
expect that. Yet it’s not the power of the processor, rather the potential of
our staff and students to use these technologies to enhance the teaching of
learning at the College that really matters.
On a more practical note, it is important to
remind students that they must continue to
develop a responsibility for and an ownership of
their learning. Students need an understanding
of the need for care and appropriate use of their
notebook computers, which are a significant
The College can provide a challenging, technology-
rich learning experience but it is up to the students, in
partnership with their teachers, to make the most of the opportunities presented
in each lesson. Whether these involve ICT tasks or not, is not really the question.
When positive teaching and learning occurs, it is the message that is
important, not the medium.
Head of Middle School
Our 2009 new entrants were the first to the experience the all new Active
Office 2007 and Windows Vista online training courseware. This courseware
has a slee