Active, Relevant and Connected Learning
The term eLearning was coined over a decade ago. The ‘e’ in elearning traditionally stood for ‘electronic’. It’s meaning today however is much more diverse. We believe that eLearning presents education with a new spectrum of challenges and opportunities and that ‘e’ in eLearning stands for :
ENABLING, ENRICHED, ENGAGING, EMPOWERING and EVERYWHERE
The eLearning initiative at CBHS Lewisham is known as SPARC. Through the use of ICT, we aim to develop learning experiences which are:
Student-Centered, Personalised, Active, Relevant and Connected.
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21st Century Learning at CBHS Lewisham
When we talk about 21st century skills or Learning in the 21st century, we are dealing with skills that can be broadly catagorised into four main areas:
1. Ways of thinking.
Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning
2. Ways of working.
Communication and collaboration. The ability to properly read, write, present, and comprehend ideas between a variety of mediums and audiences.
3. Tools for working.
Information and communications technology (ICT) and digital literacy
4. Skills for living in the world.
Global citizenship, global awareness and moral capacity in and outside of the classroom.
The implication for students, teachers and broader school communities are immense.
At CBHS Lewisham we seek to establish methodologies and practices that will prepare our students for the rapidly changing world they will inevitably face.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
BYOD (or Bring Your Own Device) refers to technology models where students bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning.
BYOD has become a popular choice amongst schools around the country. A BYOD approach recognises that technology plays an important role in the lives of our students and that choices about technology are very much personal. BYOD is designed to give students and families, freedom to make technology choices that suit them and their circumstances.
A BYOD initiative is intended to allow teachers and students to make use of the learning opportunities that are made possible by the use of wireless devices that can connect to the internet and cloud based storage through the school’s wifi network. Devices will be used for the purpose of research and access to information; collaborating and communicating with others; and as a means through which students can demonstrate their learning in ways previously unimaginable.
At CBHS, all students in Years 5-12 will be required to bring their own personal learning device to school, each and every day. Students in Years 5-12 are encouraged to use either Apple or Windows-based laptops.
Google Apps for Education
Early in 2014, CBHS subscribed to Google Apps for Education. We officially became a 'GAFE' school. Google Apps for Education is free for schools, and can be used with any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Through their school-based Google account, students and teachers have access to unlimited 'cloud' storage via Google Drive and productivity tools such as Classroom, Docs, Slides and Sheets (comparable to Microsoft's 'Office' suite of applications)
While there are many benefits to working with GAFE, the key benefit is that everyone in the Lewisham community will have access to all their files anywhere, any time and on any device. Students are encouraged to migrate or 'transfer' their data from the school servers for this very reason. Another advantage of using GAFE is that all your data is instantly 'shareable'. Students can collaborate on work at any given time and teachers can provide instant feedback on formative assessment. Teaching and learning resources can be shared without the need for printing, (drastically reducing our carbon footprint), and assignments can be submitted electronically.