We were recently approached by Principal Heather Ale of Curran Public School to help assist in her technology vision of a working mobile device for every available student. This vision included the creation of class sets of Laptops, Chromebooks and iPads for increased Mobile Learning (M-Learning) based lessons for all classrooms, a trial of which having already proved positive with Stage 3 students.
For this to happen it required a major reshuffling of technology and retrieval of hardware and devices that was already dispersed throughout the school.
Due to bad planning of the schools network infrastructure installation in classrooms, data points were located the opposite side to projection services, resulting in the inability to use Desktop computers and school lessons conducted using Laptops, as the only way for screen projection and data connections for teachers.
Stage 1 of the project involved upgrading of over 20 Desktops previously used in Library and Computer Labs with latest Windows 10 Build 1809. These being for distribution to classrooms to replace teacher Laptops. Installation of Wireless N Adapters preserved network and Internet connectivity using WiFi, allowing placement of connected devices at front of room.
The completion of Stage 2 required the allocation of class sets of mobile devices and re-imaging of over 60 Laptops including HP ProBook 650, HP ProBook 360 and HP ProBook 11 G2 models.
A new M-Learning lab was created within the Library with 16 Laptops, allowing teachers to focus on the mobility of the learner, interacting with portable technologies and using mobile tools for creating learning aids, an important part of informal learning.
Further tasks completed in readiness for start of Term 4 in October included;
- Unlocking previously unusable iPads and configuring for use with ZuluDesk MDM
- Updated mobile WiFi profile and improved screen layout for iPad apps
- Creation of secure Staff Interactive Kiosk using Lenovo T440 Laptops
- Identify Out of Warranty Desktop devices for secured destruction
Planned Stages 3 and 4 of this project involves upgrading of WiFi Wireless Access Points, deployment of new HP Laptops from schools recent T4L allocation and re-cabling of network infrastructure.
We look forward to working on the continual deployment of technology advancements at Curran Public School, especially in delivering on the Principals impressive vision for the future of her students and their learning capabilities.
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