The creativity of our teachers is supported by the College's strong commitment to professional development, and ensures that our students are gaining the skills they need to navigate a complex, interconnected world.
The NSSCF funding provided by the Federal Government is no longer available and as a result, we constructed an update to our ICT Strategy Plan. The challenge we face, like all schools is the movement to a fully parent funded BYOD model. The ultimate goal we have to set ourselves is one of "full digital normalisation", an environment where the equipment focus moves entirely to connectivity, input and output technologies and data interoperability.
With the use of technology the College aims to:
- Transform learning
- Facilitate change in technology/pedagogy
- Focus on inquiry, self-directed and collaborative learning.
The College provides for all students a world class, robust campus-wide wireless network connected to a dedicated fibre link. The community, includes staff, students and parents are connected for all curriculum and pastoral care needs with SEQTA. Students currently expand their horizons beyond the information provided by a subject teacher and a textbook. Yet, they still need the wisdom and support of their teachers who are creating new learning objects, designed on the essential 21st century learning skills and learning how to learn. Electronic publications, including iBooks and iTunes U are revolutionising the delivery of electronic materials.
APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL
Corpus Christi College received status as an Apple Distinguished School for its leadership in integrating technology into the learning environment. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and education excellence, and that demonstrate exemplary learning environments.
Technology opens opportunities for all learners beyond what once was possible. We hope to continue to utilise technology to push the educational boundaries and support all students in achievement success. All students in years 7-12 participate in the School's one-to-one Apple iPad program to compliment their courses. Our learning areas continue to develop rich online materials through the use of iBooks Author and iTunes U that create an interactive learning experience for students.
FOCUS ON PEDAGOGY
The use and even reliance on current computer technology has become increasingly standard in contemporary classrooms. We have undertaken a significant pedagogical shift during the past two years of our iPad 1:1 pilot programme. This has involved substantial training to ensure Staff are well apt in the technical use and application of good pedagogical principles applied to technology and mobile devices in the classroom, thus ensuring the learning process remains teacher facilitated and student focused.
Whether the technology is central or peripheral to the lesson, the iPad is unobtrusive, minimalistic and doesn't create a visual barrier or clutter desks when in use. The touch screen technology also means kinesthetic classroom tasks can be executed without the need for a stylus, mouse and keyboard. The device can be carried with convenience and has already begun to minimise the number of textbooks that the students are required to carry and purchase. The battery life of the device easily lasts a full school day and instantly turns on, which also assists the students to be prepared for learning.
The one-to-one iPad program has given students unprecedented access to the internet, web-based learning resources and interactive tools which are designed specifically for multi-touch devices. Teachers are able to provide a wide range of learning materials, allowing students to develop their skills and understanding in a variety of contexts.
STRUCTURE & FEEDBACK
Providing structure and feedback is core to motivating students in the classroom. The iPad has allowed for increased communication between all stakeholders in the students' education. Through the iPad the students have direct access to their School email account and are encouraged to communicate and ask the right questions of their teachers. The College's initiative to introduce iTunes U, has given teachers the ability to reformat their course and provide structured reading and interactive tasks with clear objectives. The use of iTunes U discussions are used to enhance peer-collaboration has also been valuable.
FOSTERING STUDENT POTENTIAL
The mobility of the iPad encourages active, project-centered learning: students on their feet, moving about, working individually, in pairs, and in teams to solve problems, create products and compose presentations for their classmates. As much as children love to perform and compete, they also love being part of a group effort. Being part of a team during a lesson holds a distinct value for young boys and girls, allowing them to hone necessary social skills whilst striving and enhancing their personal best.