Events

  1. Week 1

    12 July @ 8:00 am - 16 July @ 5:00 pm AEST
  2. All Students Return for Term 3

    13 July @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
  3. Year 7-10 Parent Teacher Interviews [Zoom]

    13 July @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
  4. Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews [Zoom]

    15 July @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST

News

  • Information on COVID-19 and Return to School for Term 3

    Information on COVID-19 and Return to School for Term 3  Introduction   As a reminder regarding COVID-19 practice and procedure, our school primarily takes advice from NSW Health, the Association of Independent Schools NSW and the NSW Department of Education, as we endeavour to keep our community safe. Based on community circumstances and virus trends, NSW […]
  • Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Information Webinar – Registrations Open

    Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Information Webinar We warmly invite all Year 10 students currently attending SMGS or considering enrolling in Year 11 at SMGS in 2022, and their parents, to attend our Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Information Evening webinar on Monday 19th July, commencing at 6:00 pm.   An important transition: At Snowy […]
  • We’re Hiring – Part-Time Bus Driver

    We’re seeking a mature and responsible Bus Driver to join our team on a permanent part-time basis. Commencing July 2021. Check out the link below for all the details and to apply online: Bus Driver (Permanent Part-Time)
  • SMGS named WIN News Canberra School of the Week

    Well done to all 80 students who participated in this year’s Write a Book in a Day competition. Working collaboratively in teams of 10, students had just twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish within a set of unique parameters.   Funds raised through sponsorship go to The Kids’ Cancer […]

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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