Scotch College Adelaide is an independent, co-educational day and
boarding school offering an outstanding education from
Early Learning to Year 12
Students take their laptops from class to class and from school to home. The wireless network covering the Torrens Park campus ensures that students have access to the College's digital resources, the FirstClass communication system and the internet. Other mobile technologies such as iPads and mobile phones are also used by students to enhance their learning, with various faculties supplying devices for use during class and whilst on excursions and field trips.
Apart from the obvious advantages of equity and access, the use of these devices enables students to use technology to not only enhance their learning, but also to communicate more efficiently with all members of the school community and to learn to behave appropriately in an on-line environment. It also enables students to use tools which can significantly improve their personal management and organisation, as most of their curriculum resources, timetables, calendars, diary notes etc, are all in one location and accessible on-line.
Having technology at your fingertips can have a marked effect on learning outcomes:
ICT skills are not taught as a discrete unit of study, but are integrated within most key learning areas. For example:
All classrooms in the Junior School have iPads for student and teacher use in day-to-day learning and all classes have access to desktop computers in the ICT room and the Resource Centre. Year 5 and 6 students bring their personal iPads into classrooms to integrate technology across the curriculum and enhance learning.
The Gilchrist Resource Centre and ICT Room, as well as classrooms, all have supervised access to the Internet. Students use a wide range of applications and software to enhance their classroom learning and to build their ICT skills. Interactive white boards are integrated in teaching plans and software ranging from word processing, spreadsheets and painting/drawing, to Inspiration for concept mapping, iMovie where students research, storyboard and film their own scripts, and Lego Mindstorms for programming Lego robotics are used.
Apple TVs and LCD TVs are used for students to share their projects from their iPads with their whole class and teachers.
These experiences equip students with a strong technology skills base to function successfully in our society.
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