It really is a time of change in education. There is a whole new world that teachers and students can connect to in their classrooms as they explore online. However, our school’s approach to digital learning is more than discovering and enjoying what’s online – we want our teachers and students to be involved, to be designing and creating and contributing to the digital world.
Students can work together easily and efficiently when they connect digitally. Students like challenges and taking risks with their learning – if you ever watch them playing games online you can see their focus, imagination and persistence. Digital learning lets students work together on challenges their teachers have set them. They solve problems, answer questions and collaborate to showcase what they have learned.
The teachers at APHS develop digital learning units for Years 7 – 10. These topic areas contain and cover the content from the unit, as well as linking to websites from around the world with rich, multimedia content that explain and demonstrate concepts. But digital learning is more that connecting to content – digital learning involves critical thinking and design. These units of work also contain interactive simulations and scenarios for students to explore and tasks specially designed by their teachers for them to complete, often using Web2 tools to organise and explain what they understand.
Digital learning gives every student a place online, within our network, that belongs to them. It is a place where they can post their activities and upload projects. Their teachers are able to review their tasks and post feedback to each child – and they don’t only do so when a task is completed, but as a student in the process of working on it. It really personalises learning for each child.
SHOWCASE OF STUDENT WORK
Browse a range of student work on our showcase page
The staff at Arthur Philip High School have created cutting edge learning experiences for our students. To be able to access these activities, students will need a Chromebook laptop.
We believe Chromebooks are great value for money. They provide our students with an affordable device that quickly and easily connects them to Arthur Phillip High School’s network.
Chromebooks are designed to work with Google Apps and Google Drive, making collaboration, back up and file sharing easy to manage. They are lightweight and will not take up much room in a student’s bag. Their battery is long lasting for a full school day.
To buy a Chromebook, students can visit Student Services for further details.