Events

  1. Equestrian Camp

    28 November @ 8:00 am - 29 November @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. Band Practice – Speech Day

    30 November @ 8:45 am - 10:30 am AEDT
  3. Stage 5 Expo Session

    30 November @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm AEDT
  4. SS Kidpreneur

    30 November @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm AEDT

News

  • SMGS named as Innovative Schools 2020 winner!

    We are extremely honoured to be named as an Innovative Schools 2020 winner for our work in reimagining our Kindergarten readiness program, Let’s Explore to provide our future learners with a meaningful and memorable transition program despite the current climate around COVID-19. To read The Educator’s media release and to view the full list of […]
  • Registrations now open! – ACER Scholarship Examination – for 2022 Enrolment

    Examinations for Years 7 to 11 Academic Excellence Scholarships will be held at Snowy Mountains Grammar School on the morning of Saturday 27 February 2021.   To learn more about Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s Academic Excellence Scholarships, visit: https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships/   SMGS’ Academic Excellence Scholarships for Years 7-11 2022 enrolment will open in 2021 after the […]
  • We’re Hiring – Multiple Positions

    It’s exciting times at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and there is no better time to join our multi-award-winning team. The following positions have just been advertised: Junior School Education Support Teaching Assistant IT Support Officer Boarding House Supervisor Junior School Music Teacher (Years K-6)
  • SMGS to host DARTA Parent Information Evening with Paul Dillon

    Parents, teenagers, parties, alcohol and other drugs: What’s happening now and what can we expect in a post COVID world? This online presentation will look at the latest data on alcohol and other drug (AOD) use of Australian Secondary School students and discuss the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on teens and socialising and what effect […]

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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