Eight public schools have been recognised for their innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning – inside and outside of the classroom.
And size is no barrier when it comes to delivering digital learning at the highest level. That’s the message from the 220-student Mount Ousley Public School, named today as the state’s Digital Lighthouse School at the inaugural Technology 4 Learning (T4L) Awards for its comprehensive, cross-curriculum embrace of digital learning.
The school has adopted a BYOD policy from Kindergarten to Year 6 and uses a range of technologies including robotics, blue screen filming, drones and coding.
It has partnered with the University of Wollongong on a virtual reality research program and brings the world to the students through global empathy projects and by connecting with astronauts on the International Space Station.
Mount Ousley Public School was one of eight schools recognised by the Department of Education for innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning at the school.
NSW Department of Education Technology for Learning Director Mark Greentree said he was proud to acknowledge and celebrate the innovative work the winning schools, students and teachers were doing with technology.
“I’m excited at the prospect of empowering other schools to embark upon a technology for learning journey of their own,” he said.
The awards were announced today at the Department of Education’s annual CIO’s Technology in Schools Conference, with the winners running workshops for participants to hear their story and be inspired by their success.
The NSW Department of Education is committed to empowering schools to teach today’s students the skills to solve the problems of tomorrow by providing state-of-the-art information and communications technologies, including robotics, makerspaces and digital learning and administration tools.
The $23 million STEMShare Community project, announced last week by the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, will provide all NSW public schools with access to cutting-edge technology to ignite students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects (STEM) subjects.
The STEMShare Community program includes classroom kits with robotics, 3D printing, coding, film-making, and virtual and augmented reality – all vital technologies for the study of STEM Science subjects.
In its first year, the T4L Awards recognise schools that are inspiring and leading change locally, as well as participating in online and physical communities that develop the skills of the teaching profession and inspire organisation-wide change.
The winning schools were:
- Mount Ousley Public School – Digital Lighthouse School, Innovative Use of ICT in Primary School
- Callaghan College Wallsend Campus – Innovation in Digital Administration & Management, Leader in Developing Digital Collaborative Communities
- Callaghan College Jesmond Campus – Leader in Integration of Virtual Learning Environments
- Gymea Bay Public School – Leader in Digital Learning Tools
- Valentine Public School – Leader in Digital Makerspace Technologies
- Glenwood High School – Innovative Use of ICT in Secondary School
- Aurora College – Leader in Productivity & Collaboration
- Melrose Park Public School – Leader in Robotics.