The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Information Learning Technology

There was great excitement in the Junior School when the new boys starting in Years 2 to 5 received their iPads and iPad Pros the day before school commenced.  Boys and parents attended their iPad rollout session, detailing all of the important information about using and taking care of their new devices, and how to be responsible digital citizens.

The Year 1 boys will get their chance to receive their new iPads on Tuesday 4 February.

We are ensuring 21st Century learning for our students with our 1:1 device programme.

Effective use of the iPads have:

  • increased independent and self-initiated learning among students
  • increased student motivation and active engagement in learning
  • improved teachers' capacity to plan for and meet individual student needs
  • led to an improvement in student learning outcomes
  • extended students' learning beyond the classroom

There are many rich learning experiences occurring each day in the Early Learning Centre and Junior School.  While parents would love to be able to see them all, it is sometimes hard for the younger boys to articulate all they have done during that day. 

The Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 classes will continue to use the Seesaw app to capture and share what is happening in their classrooms.  Seesaw allows teachers to provide an immediate and personalised window to share and communicate with their families.  

Boys in Years 2 to 5 use their Showbie app to collect and upload their digital work and receive feedback from their teachers.  

I encourage parents that the next time they enquire about what has been happening at school and hear the response ‘Not much’, ask your son to grab his iPad or open up Seesaw on your mobile device for a great way to discuss and help deepen the learning!

Mrs Amanda Ritchie

ILT Integration Specialist