25 years ago, the College was one of the first schools to introduce a 1:1 device policy and is proud of being at the forefront of technology adoption.
When Josh Lyon, Head of Business Systems and ICT, joined Donvale in 2014 there was “a conscious shift away from 1:1 with keyboards, to pen and touch. Evidence supports that student processing and retaining of information is vastly improved when they use digital inking and touch screen note taking, rather than typing.”
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 devices had been ordered “and in the classroom their success was realised across the curriculum. But Microsoft’s standard warranty and support was lagging from the IT side. We had to wait for Microsoft to swap or fix devices – and when classrooms depend on technology, that means unacceptable disruption to students and teachers.
“We went to the market to find someone whose focus was a strong service culture, who could take over our purchasing and deliver the best fixes.”