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Scotch College Adelaide is an independent, co-educational day and
boarding school offering an outstanding education from
Early Learning to Year 12

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Learning Technologies

Our personal laptop program for Years 7 to 12 students has been in place since 1993. It is recognised nationally and internationally as a model for successful integration of technology with learning.

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.

Our philosophy is that the TECHNOLOGY is used as a tool in the delivery of the curriculum, rather than being the focus.

Having technology at your fingertips can have a marked effect on learning outcomes:

  • Greater familiarity with the latest technologies and their practical application
  • Ownership and contextual use are key concepts it is personal and adds to each student's knowledge and skills - enhancing what they do
  • It provides a personal learning environment and gives students more choice and responsibility for their learning
  • Opportunity to engage in a media rich, contemporary on-line world

ICT skills are not taught as a discrete unit of study, but are integrated within most key learning areas. For example:

  • Geography students can plot a map from waypoints downloaded from a GPS, or analyse data from our weather station, or study the world from Google Earth and Google Maps
  • Science students can develop a flash animation to illustrate the human reproductive cycle or a chemical reaction, or they can publish a podcast of their experiment or investigation
  • Mathematic students can use Geometers Sketchpad to reinforce geometric concepts or present their Investigation findings in a visually stimulating media format. They can also easily access their on-line interactive texts.
  • Music students can record, explore and shape digital sound
  • LOTE (Language Other Than English) students can listen to or record conversations and engage in real time video conversations with our colleagues from our sister school in Japan
  • English students can research their work on the Internet, script and film media reports and share their views via a blog or publish on their own website.
  • Outdoor Education students can navigate and monitor weather conditions from their iPads.
  • Environmental Studies students can use eBooks on their iPads to identify and collect frog data when studying at Kyre Campus on Kangaroo Island.
  • Lab facilities also extend opportunities for our Art students to create on Photoshop, our Design students to design and appraise with AutoCad, and our film-makers to edit and create with Final Cut software

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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