DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 2
2015 Volume 34, Issue 2 20 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Apple Distinguished Program award certificate The role of the library The school library has been reconfigured into a modern learning space with connected classroom facilities and interactive white boards. Apple Mac desktops have been installed in the research area to provide students with the opportunity to engage in more collaborative learning using applications like iMovie and iBook. The resource focus has changed from paper to digital, resulting in more access to digital content and learning resources. The library space continues to be redefined and will be launched as a dynamic learning space where students can actively collaborate in the manner that best suits their learning styles. Innovative practice in faculties Innovative practice using technology is embedded in the schools’ planning and pedagogy. Below are examples of teaching workflows and student work samples from a range of faculties across the school. Creative Arts Students in Creative Arts (CA) in Years 7 and 8 participate in one period of performing arts as a part of their mandatory Visual Arts course. One of the most engaging activities is creating an animation with the Puppet pals app. They begin by creating a tableau of abstract concepts. The students then workshop ideas that are important in their own lives and write a script that reflects that discussion. The students then record and animate their scripts using Puppet pals. Student work samples can be viewed on YouTube as shown learning and the network is supported by an external network provider, who is employed by the school five days a week. AirServer on a MacBook or PC used with AirPlay on the iPad allows teachers and students to share iPad content, using their classroom IWB. The school is future-focused and strives to be innovative in its integration of technology into teaching and learning. In 2011, the school plan identified the need for Year 7 and 8 to have increased access to technology. To address this need, The Project of Tomorrow was developed, which incorporated a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program for Year 7. Based on research conducted at the school, iPads were chosen. To implement the program, staff worked very closely with the school community, who strongly supported the initiative. Students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 now have 1:1 access to technology through the integration of the iPad for learning. Students also have access to interactive textbooks for their learning in the classroom and at home. Teachers were provided with an iPad, planning time and professional learning. Each faculty has a teacher representative on the iPad team. These teachers work collaboratively on creating units of work and sharing apps. Head teachers of each faculty provide strong leadership and lead the integration of the iPad into teaching and learning programs. The 1:1 iPad initiative has been very successful. The school has been acknowledged for innovation and leadership, educational excellence and demonstration of an exemplary learning environment and has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished Program School since 2012, receiving the award on two consecutive occasions.
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