Students today live in a time of fast paced, unprecedented economic, social and technological change. Technology and the internet have changed the way students learn and interact with others.
In our digital world, our young people increasingly have the opportunity to be engaged. A large portion of our students embrace the instant communication, personalised media and virtual worlds of today.
“Around the world, there is a growing consensus among education leaders, researchers and educators that teaching and learning must continue to evolve to help students develop the skills they will need to success in the 21st century”. Innovative Teaching and Learning Research 2010.
Common themes include developing problem solving, high level communication skills, emotional intelligence, teamwork skills and using technology to support more powerful learning. At Grammar we continually reflect upon our teaching practice and look for innovative ways to enhance learning and teacher professional development.
As educators we aim to prepare students for the global challenges and rewards of the 21st century. Technology is a powerful tool in educating our students to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.
Traditionally, restricted access to computers based in laboratories is the most common obstacle cited for making limited use of technology in teaching and learning. For computers to make a significant difference and become integral to learning, students need unfettered access in terms of availability. 1-to-1 programs provide this access.
1-to-1 programs are now becoming common place in Australian schools with the first 1-to-1 program being introduced in Australia in 1990 and with the introduction of the Digital Education Revolution initiative in 2011.
SCGS 1-to-1 Program
The implementation of the 1-to-1 program aims to:
- improve student learning and academic achievement;
- facilitate a differentiated, problem-based learning environment demanding higher-order thinking skills;
- foster more collaborative, inquiry-based learning;
- provide timely, equitable access to a broader range of digital educational resources;
- develop computer literacy skills; and
- prepare students to better compete in technology-rich workplaces.
To meet these aims and to be effective, research has shown that 1-to-1 programs need to ensure that:
- each student has individual access to his or her own device that can be accessed anytime, anywhere;
- every computer is loaded with a common software image allowing for the display and creation of content;
- there is access to the internet enabled through a reliable wireless network.
At Grammar, students in Years 5 – 8 participate in the 1-to-1 program.
BYOD Learning Program
Students in Years 8 – 12 at Grammar participate in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Digital Learning Program. This is an established program to allow students to bring their own technology to the classroom. Our technology model is committed to providing supportive and flexible learning environments for all students.
Grammar’s technology landscape has continually evolved over the past decade. Whilst mobile devices have been available for students in the form of netbooks and laptops, BYOD fulfils the personalised mobile device experience for student learning in today’s progressive digital culture.