Students Connect With Increased Digital Learning

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Students Connect With Increased Digital Learning

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School’s new Connect Programme is extending the use of digital technology with a new programme. Introduced at the start of the 2015 school year, the Connect Programme provides instant access to technology by increasing the number of digital devices throughout the school and issuing Secondary students with a personal notebook computer.

Through the Connect Programme the number of iPads in the Primary School from Years 3-6 has been increased, and in Year 5 and Year 6 every child has access to their own dedicated iPad. In the Secondary school students have been issued with a Macbook Air computer which they can additionally use at home to aid homework and study.

“In recent years our teaching staff and students have been engaging more frequently and more effectively with digital learning technologies. In the Primary School the use of iPads has been a revolution that has added significantly to student engagement and provided opportunities for innovative tailoring of tasks to students’ needs. In the Secondary School, the use of online resources including a learning management system, Moodle, has been an effective and positive experience,” Mr Michael Giles, Head of School, said.

“Being a creative, engaged, collaborative learner and problem solver in the 21st century demands a strong understanding of, and respectful interaction with, digital technologies and the Connect Programme is the School’s response to this requirement,” Mr Giles said.

Mr Martin Dooling, Head of ICT Learning commented “this is an exciting change to how we use technology to support our students and their learning and will extend the access to our digital resources and our online learning environment beyond the traditional boundaries of the school grounds so that our students can access their learning anytime and anywhere.”

Students will be guided on how to use the technologies effectively and appropriately and will develop a suite of digital literacies so that they can research, manipulate, analyse, synthesise, create and communicate information effectively, use appropriate digital collaboration tools and be confident and efficient digital citizens. The increased use of technology will be underpinned by considered and ethical practices and will support and enhance the focus on developing the School’s culture of critical and creative thinking in the classroom.