E-learning is integral to teaching and learning in the 21st century and covers the experiences that are presented, mediated and explored through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The College is dedicated to developing an e-learning culture that will enrich learning, communication and collaboration between the girls, teachers and parents. Through their engagement with technology, Stella Girls leave with a complement of marketable technical, personal and interpersonal skills that see them well placed in the workforce. They leave with the confidence to be flexible, innovative, and creative problem solvers, to be entrepreneurial and able to be valuable team members. They are ready to negotiate the changing nature of work and step into the careers of the future.
Teacher professional development in ICT integration covers the development of new digital teaching resources, training in emerging technologies and the rich use of software and a variety of devices for both learning and assessment. At the same time, teachers will continue to use a mix of approaches in their teaching, as digital technology is a driving force and a valuable tool in learning innovation, but not an end in itself. It is not a substitute for quality teaching, nor for the vital dynamic that exists between excellent teachers and their students.
A brief overview
ICT integration is extensive and deeply embedded in the curriculum. Facilitative digital tools have not only given us more efficient and effective ways of doing the same thing but have fundamentally changed the way we learn. Using the diverse technologies and the principles of ‘anywhere anytime’ learning, the girls manage information, collaborate, analyse, synthesize, critique, create, investigate, evaluate and participate in more engaged learning in their local and global contexts. Diverse technologies and task flexibility mean Stella Girls have more choices than ever before in when they learn, how they learn and how they share their learning.
Web tools, apps and software
Wikis; blogs; Prezi; Weeblies; QR codes; an enormous number of apps used across the curriculum; Microsoft Office 365; Adobe Creative Cloud; specialist software for music composition, graphic design, languages and others; YouTube; the College Vimeo channel; Skype; online educational games; online survey tools; the list goes on! The girls are able to find and use whatever tools suit their learning needs and are challenged to develop their technical skills. Girls are expected to check their emails every day and to keep their Inbox clean as a great deal of important information is distributed this way. “I didn’t see the email” is no excuse!
Via this web-based learning management system girls can submit assessment tasks and access learning resources, as well as participate in quizzes, forums and other rich learning activities online anywhere anytime.
Clickview is our content management system that allows web-based ‘anywhere anytime’ distribution of audio-visual material that supports the entire curriculum. This type of material is an important adjunct to other sources of information.
The College Portal is your gateway into the daily workings of the College and where you can find information specific to your daughter. The Portal facilitates open communication regarding assessment tasks, calendar dates, volunteer rosters and other important information. You will find more information about the Portal on the Parent Partners page.
Apple TVs in every classroom enable the teacher to easily access our extensive audio-visual collection. It also facilitates greater classroom interactivity because the girls can easily connect their own laptops to the projectors, share their work with their classmates and lead discussions.
The girls are encouraged to create high-quality presentations sometimes presented as a hard copy, so colour printing is available at a very reasonable cost. Black and white A4 is only 2 cents per page; colour A4 is 10 cents per page. The College also has 3D printing facilities in the Technical and Applied Studies Department.