Events

  1. Snowy Hydro Driver Training

    28 May @ 8:00 am - 29 May @ 5:00 pm AEST
  2. HICES Cross Country, Orange

    29 May @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
  3. ICAS Science

    29 May @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm AEST

News

  • SMGS teams headed to the Australian Aeronautical Velocity Challenge Regionals!

    Earlier today, two teams of four students (a junior and senior team) departed for Ulladulla to take part in the Australian Aeronautical Velocity Challenge Regionals. Both teams will encounter challenges in the following three categories: Bottle Rockets Propeller Powered Planes Drones This is the first time SMGS has attended this event and we wish both […]
  • SMGS 2018 Athletics Carnival Program

    The 2018 SMGS Athletics Carnival will kick off tomorrow at 8:00 am! The 2018 program is now ready If you are planning on spectating, volunteering or attempting to break a school record 🙂 Good luck to all students competing and thank you to all parents and staff who are assisting at the event tomorrow. The program […]
  • SMGS Presents: Grease the Musical! – Tickets on sale now!

    Snowy Mountains Grammar School proudly presents our 2018 production…Grease the Musical! Flashback to 1959 where the Rydell High students are starting a new year. Sandy, the new girl at school and Danny, the leader of the T-Birds, have had a brief romantic fling over the summer. When the Pink Ladies hear about this they make […]
  • Mother’s Day Stall – Friday, 11th May

    Mother’s Day Stall – FRIDAY 11TH MAY On Friday 11 May members of the Parents and Friends Association (P&F) have kindly offered their time to run a Mother’s Day Stall for our school community. They have already purchased suitable gifts for students to buy at the stall, and will even wrap them, so they are […]

Technology in Learning

//Technology in Learning

The world around us continues to rapidly evolve. Students are immersed in a multitude of relevant technologies utilised in all forms of living today.

Schools must embrace technology and teach students to be producers, not only consumers, as they interact on their devices.

It is important that pedagogy and learning objectives be the drivers of technology integration, not simply adding devices into a classroom as a bolt-on without the clear purpose of learning 21st century knowledge and skills. Enhancing traditional literacy and numeracy capabilities remains a key priority, while technology is embedded in learning in concert with ‘thinking skills’ such as identify, analyse and solve real-world problems, along with the ability to work and collaborate in teams attaining productive outcomes.

At SMGS, our Senior School students bring their own laptop devices as part of our BYODT (Bring Your Own Designated Technology) program. Our experience informs us that iPads/tablets are not suitable for our Senior School students, given the amount of work undertaken on the devices, storage and organisation, online access, LMS integration, multiple pages open at once, e-textbook requirements, and so on.

There are also additional opportunities for students to pursue learning experiences in technology, including:

  • choosing one of the technology-based electives in the Academies of Excellence Program available to students in Years 7 to 10, and also optional for Years 11 and 12. These include building an underwater submarine, robotics and learning to code
  • join the technology club where a group of students meet regularly with our IT Manager to pursue innovative ideas in technology
  • Electing Information Processes and Technology (IPT) for Years 11 and 12 in the Higher School Certificate curriculum subject elective option. This is delivered in a very small class where all students receive very high levels of personalised teaching.

Our Learning Management System (LMS), CANVAS, is a state-of-the-art digital platform that provides a central location for so much of the learning infrastructure to occur.

Canvas houses a large amount of curriculum, teaching and assessment information for students and parents to access and interact with teachers, including course and class notes, assignments, homework, assessment schedules and resources. This enables learning to be ‘flipped’ in some situations, where students can watch video clips or complete readings prior to class, where the emphasis can then be on unpacking the understanding with the teacher. Canvas also provides a repository for teachers to mark assessment pieces and record feedback for students to access. Parents can also sign in and access much of the material anywhere in the world with internet access.

Similarly, students who travel overseas or are away for extended periods can access much of their work through Canvas and still keep pace with some of the learning occurring. At SMGS we are exploring and researching possibilities to ‘blend’ the learning to ensure we are well situated to teach in a contemporary learning environment in the Senior School and thus ensure our students are fully prepared for the 21st century learning that will be required by employers as our students graduate in a modern, ever-changing world.

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Recent posts about Technology in Learning

SMGS Science Academy students’ paper published in the Journal of the Future Project

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Academic, Academies, Science, Senior School, Technology|

Author: Dr Darryl Nelson, Head of Curriculum, Head of Faculty (Science) The Academies of Excellence Program at SMGS provides many opportunities to students, in multiple areas. Last year, through the Science Academy, two of [...]

Meet Botley!

By | March 15th, 2018|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Technology|

Meet Botley! Yesterday, Ms Taylor's K/1 class had their first coding lesson. The room was a buzzing with excitement as students worked together in small groups to program the coding robot. Here are a few [...]

SMGS inaugural drone flying day

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Academies, Alumni, Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, School of Aviation, Senior School, Technology|

Friday the 16th February saw the inaugural flying training day for students undertaking the RePL (drone) licence course. The day was conducted by John Flemming (Chief Flying Instructor – FPV Australia) and Phil Ryrie (Head [...]