The digital information age has now, during the last few years, rapidly established itself in all ages and areas of life, including school life. Students are using technology, so we need to teach them how to use it properly. For us as a school, it is a matter of concern to tie in with reality with our teaching concept. Constructive use of media is a core competence that is highly valued at MCA.
Our goal is to enable our students to participate in today's media world as self-determined and responsible users. They should independently research project and lesson-related information under competent supervision, evaluate it in a team, critically question it, create presentations, videos and texts, and of course present them to the class or parents. The interactive beamer is often used for this purpose.
In our view, these goals can best be achieved with tablets and notebooks. The use of interactive boards in the classrooms is also part of this concept. Thus, the MCA teaches the pupils the basic use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) integratively in their daily learning work.
The tablet or notebook is our tool for this. The pupils learn how to use the device properly. The apps, software and learning programmes used support the pupils in this learning process. Within the framework of the Connected Kids project in Vienna, we are supported in the introduction and work with the devices by the ICT Department, a university of applied sciences in Vienna and Eisenstadt, in particular by Prof. Dr. Paul Kral. We also receive strong support from our partner school in Sydney/Australia, which accompanies us with suggestions as to which apps are adequate for which age groups, and in reflecting on and pursuing our pedagogical goals.
Thus, these electronic media support and complement individualised learning and ultimately the overall pedagogical concept of the school. Our students also learn to deal with the dangers of the multimedia world and immanently acquire core competencies that are important for their educational progression.
For this reason, we have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programme in the secondary school.
Teachers use technology to enhance their teaching and students can take advantage of online tools that support learning. They learn how to research online, identify reliable sources and how to cite them. The BYOD programme provides our students with the necessary 21st century skills that will prepare them for success in their educational programme and in the future.
MCA follows industry standard wireless security practices and protocols and keeps up to date with all new developments and security threats. An external IT company manages and monitors the entire network on campus. Students are connected via their own VPN network.
For maximum usability and versatility in the classroom, students need a Wi-Fi enabled computer with a keyboard and a battery that provides enough power for a school day. Check with campus leadership to see what devices are suggested.
Below is a list of minimum requirements to think about when choosing a laptop:
Currently (2023), the Federal Ministry (BMBWF) subsidises the purchase of such devices for pupils in the 5th grade. The procedure is handled by the school. We will gladly inform you about the mode.