South Coogee Public school has a focus on new technologies, in particular mobile devices to provide students with learning opportunities that develop the key skills of the 21st century learner. We believe effective learning in any environment requires good design, management and pedagogy. Technology is one tool for learning and to support this we have purchased 84 iPads for use across the school.
Teachers are currently designing, developing and integrating learning technologies on iPads to support high levels of engagement rather than replacing the core skills they teach. In addition, teachers are creating tasks to target the higher-order cognitive skills (such as Bloom’s Taxonomies) to extend opportunities for students as well as modifying and redefining learning tasks in order to have a significant impact on student outcomes. This allows students to access information that is relevant and engaging and supportive of their learning.
Across the school, students are being introduced to specific applications on the iPads. They are producing work samples that display their knowledge of the curriculum content using iPad technology. It has been pleasing to see the effect that instant access to information has on students and their learning. As educators it is our responsibility to guide the students in how to use the knowledge they gain, with the intention of growing their learning and then to use it beyond the classroom.