Events

  1. P&F Welcome BBQ

    30 January @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
  2. First Day of School

    31 January
  3. Teddy Bear Picnic

    1 February @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm AEDT
  4. Junior School Camp Out

    1 February @ 4:00 pm - 2 February @ 5:00 pm AEDT

News

  • 2018 HSC results are in! Check out the highlights

    The 2018 HSC results are here and what an amazing effort from our class of 2018. Check out the highlights below and stay tuned for a full wrap-up of the results. Congratulations SMGS Class of 2018, you’ve done an amazing job and we’re all very proud of what you have achieved.
  • Speech Day Photos

    The 2018 Speech Day was an amazing end to great year. Well done to all the award recipients and congratulations to the 2018 Dux of Snowy Mountains Grammar School, Rebecca Matthes. Check out all the photos from the day on our photo gallery: Photo Gallery
  • Employment Opportunity – Director of Corporate Services

    We’re currently looking for a highly motivated and dynamic Director of Corporate Services to join our Executive Team in 2019. Check out all the details using the link below: Executive Role – Director of Corporate Services
  • Junior and Senior School Teaching Opportunities

    We are currently advertising for Junior School (Classroom Teacher) and Senior School (Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) / Design and Technology) teaching positions.

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

Use of Technology to Educate our School Children

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Let's Explore, Staff, Technology|

As technology use becomes increasingly prevalent in everyday life, the debate about how innovative, tech-based learning methods can best benefit our children persists.

Arming students with the tools for the rapidly changing workforce

By | July 9th, 2018|Categories: Academic, Academies, School of Invention, Senior School, Technology|

The rapid growth and integration of technology across the modern workforce is changing the expectations placed on our future graduates. While the traditional STEM approach in schools has provided a good stepping stone in the [...]

Australian Aeronautical Velocity Challenge – Day One Junior School

By | June 7th, 2018|Categories: Academic, Academies, Junior School, School of Invention, Senior School, Technology|

What a great opening day at the Australian Aeronautical Velocity Challenge at the University of Wollongong. The rain cleared and sun come out just in time for the start of the day. The competition attracts [...]