Here at St John’s rather than focusing on teaching students how to use computers, we instead immerse them in a culture of using computers to learn in our core teaching areas, whether these be Mathematics, Science, English or any other subject area. This approach is followed through in the middle school through the College laptop program.
The staff at the primary campus are currently involved in an innovative federally funded research project examining the impact of digital learning on improving teachers and students performance.
St John’s has built a productive partnership with Singapore base software company, Heulab, to use their online learning program LEAD. This application provides our students with cutting edge online learning tools, including tutorials, quizzes and web searches that challenge and excite young learners.Through this tool the students have access to monitored email and social networks safely overseen by their teachers. These tools allow them to develop, evaluate and reflect on their learning.
Students also develop digital portfolios of their work. These ‘living’ documents allow the students to make judgements about their own learning, scan in latest written works, record their own reading and collect feedback from teachers and peers about their learning development.
Our aim then is to provide ICT platforms as tools for learning. Through this approach not only do we provide novel and engaging approaches to learning, but we also provide our students with skills which will be essential to their post secondary life, whether this be in tertiary study or in the workplace.
- Primary students have access to desktop computers plus netbooks housed in mobile trolleys for use across the College through the campus wireless network.
- Years Three and Four classes engage in learning activities using our unique smart table. The College has partnered with Singapore-base software company, Heulab, to use LEAD, their online learning program. LEAD provides cutting edge online learning tools including tutorials, quizzes and web searches that challenge and excite young learners. Students have access to monitored email and social networks safely overseen by teachers.
- Year Four students learn to use wikis to collaborate and share learning. Year Five classes enjoy the use of Prezi. Year Six students are challenged to develop digital portfolios of their work. These ‘living’ documents allow students to make judgements about their own learning, scan in latest written works, record their own reading and collect feedback from teachers and peers about their learning development.
- All secondary students use laptops in their daily learning environment.
- The secondary campus is covered by a wireless network (WiFi), allowing students to access network and online resources. At home, studens utilise laptops to complete homework and assessment items on Moodle, the College’s learning management system.
As part of the technoV8 initiative all students on the senior campus utilise a laptop in their daily learning environment at the College.
In an age where the ability to use a computer is a prerequisite for almost any job and increasingly an essential part of an individual’s social interaction, the College has recognised the need to provide its students with the ability to acquire such skills while completing their formal education.
The senior campus is covered by a wireless network (WIFI), meaning students can access network and online resources wherever they are at school. At home they utilise laptops to complete homework and assessment items on the College’s Moodle learning platform.