Pupils embrace iPad education
GIVING the teacher an apple has taken on very different connotations as schools embrace iPad technology.
And it has also become a lot more exciting.
Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School's Stage 3 students are breaking ground in the IT department, being one of the first Australian schools to adopt the model of a 1:1 'Bring Your Own Device' iPad program.
"The iPad program is Stage 3's natural progression from the successful introduction of MacBook's in 2010," a school spokeswoman said.
"This strong emphasis on the application of Apple technologies to support and extend learning has been evidenced through digital storytelling, student podcasting, student created animations and movies.
"We see the iPad as another step forward and an opportunity to revisit and challenge our views or curriculum and make learning even more relevant and engaging."
"We recognise that how we teach must reflect how our students learn," the spokeswoman said.
"Our teaching must also reflect the world our students will move into."
"This is a world that is rapidly changing, connecting, adapting and evolving.
"Our style and approach to teaching must emphasise the learning in the 21st Century.
"Hence, the iPad."
The school's spokeswoman said one of the most exciting things about the Stage 3 iPad Program has been the opportunity for students to personalise their learning.
This happens through selecting the tools that best suit their needs, as well as the enhanced opportunities the device provides for reflecting upon their learning.
"After one semester, the program has been an outstanding success," she said.
"The excitement, engagement and fun have been palpable for students and teachers alike.
"The classrooms are abuzz with creative and exciting opportunities for learning and the students are sharing their achievements with a worldwide audience through their class blogs."
Stage 3 Coordinator Mr Tim Waugh said literacy and numeracy remain the main focus areas.
"The iPad is a tool we use to enhance the outcomes in these critical areas.
"Students are not just consuming information, they are being creative, creating and are given the opportunity to personalise and differentiate their learning."
Year 6 students Blake Mills and Sophie Ryder said the iPad Program "makes learning so much fun".