Mobile Laptop Technologies
The Mobile Laptop Technologies (MOBLAP) project began in 2003 and is an ongoing Digital Opportunities initiative. The aim of MOBLAP is to help remove barriers to ICT access and its integration in low decile and/or rural schools, and increase and improve learning opportunities in a broader range of subjects using wireless and mobile laptop technologies.
The project is being piloted by 16 secondary schools in the North and South Islands, with the participating schools being supplied with between five and 20 wireless laptops, which have been made up into mobile ‘pods’ .
The supplied laptops are wireless (do not require cabling), and portable, giving teachers more flexibility about when and how they choose to integrate the laptops into student learning experiences.
With ready access to the laptops, a wider range of students are exposed to ICT-enhanced learning, and students taking subjects as diverse as science, drama and special study topics, can use the technology to help make learning more enjoyable, engaging and beneficial. Student confidence in, and adeptness with, ICT, is also increased through its regular use.
Teachers have been trained in the use of the mobile pods, and receive ongoing technical support from technology partner, ITAS Renaissance.
Click here for a PDF format of Karamea School's or Opotiki College's MOBLAP case study.