Image: Techno Robots
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Image: Technology in action
St Pius’ Primary, Enmore Acting Principal, Eva La Rocca, has no illusions about what has made the small school of 167 pupils one of the top contenders in the Australian Primary Principal Association’s (APPA) showcase schools for use of technology in the classroom.
"Its technology in action," she said to the five visiting Principals who recently toured the school from interstate and abroad to see how emerging technologies are being applied to implement new and more innovative approaches to learning.
According to Mrs La Rocca, the school has made ground-breaking changes to integrate technology in the classroom over the last seven years.
“Research, planning and co-operation had contributed to the school's successful program, which has resulted in teachers embracing technology as a tool to implement effective teaching practices to engage students at all levels,” she said.
“Our teachers have been creative with technology, thinking outside the square and using it to engage students in rich learning tasks.”
APPA is made up of 7,169 schools from the Catholic, government and Independent sectors.
Principal members from as far as Darwin and New Zealand travelled to the Sydney Catholic primary to see how students in years 1, 2, 3 and 6 use smart technologies to enhance literacy.
Concerned about the disparities in the integration of technology in schools, APPA initiated the meeting with the Catholic primary to investigate ways ICT is being used innovatively in Primary Schools.
St Pius was one of four model schools visited during the annual APPA conference.
Photo caption: St Pius’ teacher Crystal Ismanto engages her Year 3 students in a Math’s lesson on Co-ordinates using the Smartboard.
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Students learning to use the interactive whiteboards.
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