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Technology gives students direct access to teachers even from home PDF Print E-mail

Author: Neena Bhandari
Date: 25/10/2012
Words: 265
Source: SMH
   

   

 

   

 

Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: News and Features
Page: 20

SCHOOLS are tinkering with the use of different technological devices. At St Catherine's in Waverley, students have been using a custom-built Samsung Series 7 Slate PC.

The school chose the Slate over laptops for their extra capacity and tools that allow students to draw and hand-write on screen.

The head of information, physics teacher Paul Carnemolla, says the technology allows the school "to focus on individual students with targeted, timely and continuous feedback in a way not possible through traditional teaching methods".

Teachers can view each girl's screen from their own computer, and students can submit work directly to the teacher's computer. It also enables absent students to join the class and do assignments from home.

Year 7 student Helena Moloney says the Slate makes it possible for her to communicate with her teachers without having to tell the whole class. "This way I can be more courageous with my learning."

Meanwhile, at St Luke's Grammar School in Dee Why, the selection of devices rests with students and their families.

The director of information and communication technology at St Luke's, Jason Arruzza, says the school is in its third year of a five-year strategic plan, which will see all students in years 7-12 become part of the integrated Bring Your Own Technology program.

"Students prefer their own gear, and the increasing consumption of technology is making it possible for more schools to use the BYOT model," he says.

"Ubiquitous access to modern technology now makes it possible for student learning outcomes that are broader, deeper, more relevant, complex and creative than we could ever imagine before."

 
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