In 2020 all Senior School students will continue to participate in the GWSC ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) Program. This program has opened up the learning opportunities for our students providing them with easy access to ‘anytime, anywhere’ learning.
There is no doubt that technology has the potential to reshape teaching and learning processes and contribute significantly to enhanced learning outcomes for students. The BYOD program provides our students with improved access to learning technologies and online learning.
The nature of learning for students in the 21st century has changed and will continue to evolve. In the past, student access to information, knowledge and understanding was restricted to the information and knowledge brought into the classroom by the teacher. Metaphorically, the walls of the classroom have now been removed and students can seek and gather information they require from anywhere in the world through the Internet. This will occur not only in their timetabled class but also outside of school hours.
We must also move beyond seeing technology as simply a tool for word processing and gathering information. The development of computer skills and competencies is important, but it is not enough. In the 21st Century, success lies in being able to communicate, share, and use information to solve complex problems, in being able to adapt and innovate in response to new demands and changing circumstances, and in being able to use technology to create new knowledge and expand human capacity and productivity. The personal mobile device provides access to a range of applications that will assist them to process information, build key understanding of content and concepts along with the ability to design, create, share and solve problems.
Glen Waverley Secondary College has vigorously pursued a sustained whole school approach aimed at developing the innovative use of computers within a framework of the latest global research relating to effective teaching and learning. Teachers routinely use a range of ICT applications that support the vision for learning within the College.
Teachers at Glen Waverley Secondary College design learning experiences and outcomes utilising a diverse range of learning strategies with the objective of developing powerful learners. Consequently, a student will not be using a computer in their learning all the time. However, students will have immediate access to these devices when required, both within the College and at home. Student access to a personal mobile device through the BYOD Program enhances their learning opportunities.
Of course this is a great opportunity for our students but it is accompanied with clear expectations about the responsible use and care of their personal mobile device. It is the College’s expectation that students will be responsible digital citizens, using ICT within our’ Digital Citizenship policy guidelines and develop positive attitudes towards ICT that foster lifelong learning, personal growth, collaboration and productivity.
We are preparing our students for the future and effective use of technology, which actively engages students in their learning and enhances their opportunities for developing creativity and working collaboratively, is vital. Joanne WastlePrincipal
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