Bourchier St Primary School part of global progam focusing on how technology can improve children's educations.LAURA GRIFFIN May 7, 2014 3:44am
For Bourchier St Primary School students, including Joel Clarke, 10, and Lakeisha Willoughby, 10, classrooms are already abuzz with digital technologies - and the school is part of a global program to improve their use for better educational outcomes.
Bourchier St Primary School is one of 72 Victorian schools chosen to join a global program to develop ways to educate and inspire young people using digital technologies.
Principal Judy Park said the innovative, three-year program — involving 1000 schools from 10 countries — was part of the Shepparton school’s continuous journey to improve educational outcomes.
The New Pedagogies for Deep Learning: A Global Partnership program will connect schools with education leader Dr Michael Fullan — who supported the transformation of Canada’s Ontario school system into one of the highest performing in the world — and industry partners Microsoft, Intel and Promethean.
‘‘It’s an exciting opportunity to have access to world-class research and people involved in a global community of learners,’’ Ms Park said.
‘‘Our students are 21st century learners who use technology to create, innovate and explore. Technology can enhance the ability for kids to engage and help them take control of their learning.
‘‘Because technology gives kids access to so much information, they can do complex work, given the right tools.’’
She said it was important to prepare students for their future work and social environments, in which technology would play an increasing role.
This week, a small group of Bourchier St Primary School staff will go to Melbourne to be introduced to the program, which will involve professional learning for all staff.
The school community will share its experience of better ways to use technologies such as computers, tablets and interactive whiteboards with other Goulburn Valley and Victorian schools.
State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell said the program aimed at transforming thinking about learning, teaching and assessment would showcase the impressive work of the local school community.
Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon said technology could be a great enabler for delivering a world-class education system as well as helping students and teachers across the globe share resources and best practices.
‘‘The initiative will mobilise education systems to promote global collaboration, uncover and scale education innovation, and change the learning relationship between teachers and students to make learning more engaging and productive,’’ Mr Dixon said.
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