eLearning combines the use of electronic resources with a contemporary approach to learning. Teachers and students have access to a variety of electronic resources at the College such as a Wireless Network, Interactive Whiteboards and Mac Laptops to enhance learning outcomes across all stages of the curriculum.
The College has adopted the iLE@RN framework that has been developed by Sydney CEO to support eLearning in all Sydney Catholic Schools. The framework focuses on the critical skills needed by 21st century learners enabling students to operate within a global learning network as collaborators and knowledge constructors.
The eLearning Co-ordinator at the College, Ms Maryanna Ramsey, aims to provide teachers and students ongoing opportunities for innovative and reflective practice in teaching and learning with digital tools.
Term 1 saw the roll out of the 2015 Macbook Pros to Year 7 students. Our students engaged in a full orientation program for them to become familiar with their new devices and what services were available to them at school. The technical planning required to place a laptop into the hands of every Year 7 student, is a huge task and I would like to extend my thanks to our Business Manager Anne Sutton, ICT support officers; Mr Humoudi and Mr Grigis, and a special thanks to the Library staff for their involvement.
Our College staff have participated in many professional learning sessions surrounding our new School Information System, Sentral and CloudShare. Local based initiatives include the afternoon sessions in the staffroom at the ‘Mac and Mug Club’ and more formal inservicing has been driven by CEO In School Cloudshare Support Officer, Mr John Galvin.
In 2014, we connected our student community, to Sentral Student Portal. This web app enabled our students to access their student school timetable, daily notices and their attendance. The next phase of this development sees the launch of the Parent Portal this year. We are confident that the Student and Parent portal, will become more significant in the day to day management of student school life. The centralisation of our School Information System is an initiative to shape positive communication amongst our community.