Labrador State School proudly sees itself as a 'Mac' school and one that recognises that technology is essential as a learning tool for today's students.
We proudly boast 2 complete Mac Labs in our school in order to cater for whole classes working on class tasks. These labs mainly consist of between 28 - 30 iMac computers.
We also boast an impressive fleet of iPads in the school with numbers currently over the 300 mark. Most of these iPads are located in rooms with every class having access to at least 3 iPads in their rooms for day to day learning opportunities.
Over the past 3 years we have been trialling a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program at school and we currently have over 100 students who bring in an iPad of their own to work with in the classroom. This program has evolved, and we now have nearly half of our classes as LAByox classes.
3D printing is something we have also moved into and classes are becoming more involved in the technology with the assistance of the 'Makers Empire' app. The partnership we have made with Makers Empire allows our students to use a primary school friendly app that assists them with designing a 3D object which in turn can be printed on our 3D printers.
Labrador State School is setup with full wireless connectivity for all classrooms allowing true immersion with technology to support student learning.
We recognise the importance of technology and the part it plays in our student's lives but we also acknowledge - it is only a tool for the teacher to use in order to assist the students in the room. We are preparing our students to be learners and to be able to troubleshoot as well as explain their findings and understandings. Our learning as teachers is always evolving and we are always adapting to new technologies that may be able to be transferred into the classrooms.