St Andrew’s Anglican College is building a reputation as being a leader, both locally and Australia-wide, at delivering high quality curriculum that is specifically designed to take advantage of current technologies. With the exponential advancement of ICT there is an associated generation of students bringing “anytime, anywhere and anyhow” expectations to school that defy every aspect of the traditional educational setting. And these students skillfully face the increasing pace and business of everyday life meeting the demands of the 21st Century.
We are often recognised both across Australia and internationally for our exceptional culture of innovation. This is demonstrated through our close partnership with vendors and the College being regularly used for case studies such as the video shown here from Microsoft. Our team regularly attend and present at conferences on the excellent work that they do combining technology with education.
Here at the College there is a Prep to Year 4 iPad program. In Years 5 to 9 the students move onto a 1:1 laptop program where they lease a College machine. From Years 10 to 12 parents can choose from a College leased machine or move to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) option. Other areas where the College excels in its use of technology is with its state of the art Wi-Fi and wired network and high speed fibre internet, LCD panels in classrooms, an iMac lab specifically set up for music classes, dedicated IT support staff including helpdesk and A/V support and the best of class software and services including Yammer, Skype for Business, Office 365 and the latest versions of Windows, Office and Adobe suite.
We provide an environment that takes advantage of technology to promote collaboration between all members of our community. We have dedicated collaboration spaces for staff and students with enterprise grade video conferencing facilities. We livestream most major events for our parents and wider community and provide e-Learning Cafe sessions for parents to provide assistance in areas of need with technology, including dedicated sessions on social media and online safety.
In Year 9 students take part in Connected Learning Time (CLT) which takes advantage of online and blended learning to develop independent skills which helps prepare them for life long learning.
We continuously exploring new innovations based on the interests of our students and developments in technology. For example our Student Media Team is in the early stages of implementation, the use of a drone in curriculum as shown in the video, and the constant improvement of our P-12 Coding and Robotics program.