e-Learning Teacher Development Day

“The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” – Jean Piaget

Over the past 3 years staff at Green Bay High School have been planning and preparing for the roll-out of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) from 2015, starting with Year 9 students. It is expected that all Year 9 students next year be using a device (our recommended device is a Chromebook) in class and at home, allowing them unprecedented access to information at school and around the world, enabling them to become true global citizens.

This year we have been testing the capacity of our IT infrastructure and allowed all students access to the school’s wifi. It coped well with having 700 devices adding themselves to the network in the space of 10 minutes! Today the staff spent the morning engaged in collaborative workshops facilitated by Ronan Bass (Deputy Principal) and the e-Learning PLD team (Jeni Little, and Jonathan Wyeth) focusing on the school’s e-learning vision and our vision for 21st century learners (both students and teachers).

Over the past 8 weeks departments have been trialing a blended e-learning approach with some classes in preparation for BYOD next year. Departments reported back the advances which they have made in this area and their readiness for next year. From the quality of work which has been produced and the pedagogical research and thinking which is driving it, the experiences of next year’s Year 9 students will be engaging, challenging and exhilarating!

As a staff we are being challenged about how we think and how we do things. It certainly is a challenging but also an exciting time to working in education. For more information on BYOD 2015 please check our website.