In the 21st Century we all live in a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. Effective citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
KICE have implemented ICT over the past few years with a combination of KICE funding and the Australian Government funding under the Digital Education Revolution. This has meant that our campuses have the infrastructure and broadband to access the internet through wireless technology.
This year we have budgeted to supply all middle school students 6-9 across KICE with an iPad, to enable them to engage in 21st Century learning.
21st Century pedagogy – teaching and learning
How we teach must reflect how our students learn. It must also reflect the world our students will move into. This is a world which is rapidly changing, connected, adapting and evolving. Our style and approach to teaching must emphasise the learning in the 21st century.
The key features of 21st Century Pedagogy are:
- building technological, information and media fluencies
- developing thinking skills
- making use of project based learning
- using problem solving as a teaching tool
- using assessment that are timely, appropriate and detailed which include feedback and reflection
- is collaborative in nature and uses enabling and empowering technologies
- fosters contextual learning bridging the disciplines and curriculum areas
The Australian Curriculum emphasizes the significant differences inherent in learning in the 21st century. The whole curriculum is built around the development of a set of general capabilities: literacy, numeracy, ICT competence, creative and critical thinking, ethical behavior, personal and social competence, and intercultural understanding. Together, these capabilities are important to individuals living in a world where technology allows for learning to occur ‘anywhere, anytime’.
Educational research about the influences of 1-to-1 ICT provision in learning suggests that it improves student engagement and creates an environment more conducive to effective innovation in pedagogy (teaching and learning). A recent study indicates that in an all-digital learning context, ‘iPad promotes both efficient use of time and more learning moments’. Importantly, research suggests that it is better to view ICT not as a technological tool but rather as a cognitive tool.
Summary – iPads
The iPads are an excellent resource that will greatly enhance student’s learning both at school and at home. They will provide opportunities for students to access information from a wide variety of sources and give them the skills and tools required for success in our increasingly technological world.
Many schools globally have adopted the iPads as a learning tool to enhance student learning. Students have a calculator, encyclopaedia and novels/text books at their fingertips. Combine this with the whole of KICE software that we have purchased to support with literacy/numeracy (Mathletics, Reading Eggs, etc.) and students have the capacity to engage in learning at anytime and anywhere.
“This information have been used with permission from the Redlands College iPad portal – https://ipad.redlands.qld.edu.au.”