WHEN it comes to using technology in the classroom, St Joseph’s School, Kangaroo Pt, is up there with the best in the world according to American educational consultant, Alan November.
Named one of America’s 15 most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine, Mr November joined staff and students in a So You Think You Can Learn School (SYTYCL) showcase event organised by Learnology, a technology implementation and solutions specialist.
The co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology worked with both students and teachers on tools for cross-referencing and validating information on the Internet and had a little fun along the way.
Mr November said he was amazed at some of the things the school was doing with technology including the Prep class who had designed their own Angry Birds set in the classroom after playing the computer game on an interactive screen.
“They were replicating the virtual world in the real world and the kids designed it themselves,” he said.
“It was one of the most amazingly creative classrooms I’ve ever seen.”
He said one particular project that impressed him was the use of Twitter by students to research the global price for a carbon tax.
“The kind of things they were tracking, from politicians to scientists, was amazing, it’s hard to find a classroom anywhere in the world doing that kind of stuff,” he said.
St Joseph’s teacher Linda Trimble said the SYTYCL project was a focus for upper primary students and teachers and also incorporated the school parental community.
Ms Trimble said the school felt it was a priority that ICLT be embedded into teaching and learning to allow opportunities for students to communicate, create, and develop critical inquiry skills effectively.
She used the web 2.0 tool called Scoop.it, which allows users to find the best of things that interest and gather them all into one place.
“As educators, we are lifelong learners who not only talk the talk but walk the walk.,” she said.
“We are passionate about our professional development and are continually learning, whether it be independently from each other or from the students themselves,” she said.
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