St Patrick’s Technical College students are learning in a more effective, collaborate way thanks to technology in the classroom.
This year staff have integrated the use of smart TVs, Microsoft Surface Pro tablets and Microsoft OneNote into one powerful educational tool.
Using the OneNote programs, students have access to their own personal digital workbooks where they can make notes, annotations and save work accessible by their teachers at any time of the day. Teachers are also able to provide curriculum, resources, notes and assignments which students can access anywhere and anytime through the program.
One of the College’s newest and youngest teachers, Tom Bruce said the technology provided real-time updates between teachers and students, which improved work flow.
“It’s very important for students to be exposed to new technologies especially for those hoping to go straight from school into the workforce,’’ Mr Bruce said.
“The biggest advantage of technology in the classroom is it makes the students more efficient and the teacher can be very responsive in supporting them and providing guidance and feedback.’’
Mr Bruce said the three technologies combined meant he was not simply at the front of a classroom presenting information on a whiteboard. The entire class was linked through the program and he can move around physically and digitally to individual students. Teachers can also bring up information and resources on the classroom’s interactive LED screen in one tap.
St Patrick’s Technical College is undertaking a technology refresh to ensure its students and staff have access to current technologies and improving their learning outcomes.