Empowering with Technology

All Pupils will have their own Microsoft Surface 3

At Luckley, we  strive to provide the best education we can. As such, part of our vision is that every pupil leaving our school must be proficient in widely-used information systems in such a way that their work and other activities are enhanced.

Information and Communication Technology has had a huge impact on all our lives, not least in education. The pace of change is unprecedented and the expectation is that all young people will leave school proficient in the use of this technology.

In our review of the IT strategy for the school we have decided to introduce a one-to-one scheme in which every pupil in the school will be issued with a Microsoft Surface 3 from September 2016, which will be theirs until they leave the school. In brief, this device combines the best features of a Windows based computer, with tablet technology. Office 365 will facilitate access to files and open up opportunities for collaboration. This link provides more information about these devices:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/default.aspx

In this context, the first thing that we need to accept is that there is no ‘app’ for good teaching. As a staff we are totally committed to continuously improving the quality of teaching and learning at Luckley and we firmly believe that although the Surface Tablets will not do this on their own – they certainly have the potential to help. The ability to take written notes, collaborate on class projects, and receive and hand in homework electronically and all within the context of the familiar ‘Windows’ platform currently used in school will permit us to work far more efficiently. Furthermore immediate access to the world of the ‘Microsoft Education’ community will enable us to investigate many of the exciting projects being made available to all areas of schools curriculum.
Quite simply our aim is that the introduction of the Surface Tablets will make great lessons even more exhilarating.

The following Q & As will explain a bit more about how the scheme will work:

Q. What device will each pupil receive?
A. Microsoft Surface 3, WiFi enabled, Windows 10, 128GB, Surface Keyboard/cover, Surface Pen, and Protection Case

Q. Who will own the device?
A. Each pupil will be provided with a device for the duration of their education. This will remain the property of the school.

Q. Who is responsible for loss or damage of the device?
A. The school will insure the devices, however there may be a small excess charge in the case of severe damage or loss.

Q. What if my child forgets to take it into school?
A. We will keep a limited supply of spare devices which can be issued at short notice.

Q. Will the device need internet access?
A. Yes, but limited functionality is available offline.

Q. Will there be antivirus software installed?
A. Yes

Q. Will there be content filtering set up on each device?
A. Each device will have the same level of content filtering as in School.

Q. Will the device be enabled for external memory sticks or peripherals?
A. Memory sticks will be blocked on the device to prevent the spread of viruses, however USB peripherals will be permitted.

Q. Will the tablets replace workbooks and text books?
A. The tablets will support us in our move towards paperless work, but will not fully replace books.

Q. Can my child access Scholabra through the Surface?
A. Yes, however the opportunities afforded by moving to the Surface tablet will allow homework to be set in a far more efficient way.

Q. Can the device be used for personal use?
A. Yes, providing it doesn’t affect the operation of the educational purpose of the device.

Q. Will parents be shown how the devices are going to be used?
A. Yes, events will be organised in due course.