It is an exciting time for education, as boundaries are redefined by the ever-changing nature of technology. As augmented reality, smartphones and cloud computing gain traction, students must stay abreast of emerging technologies.
But how does Brisbane Boys' College prepare your son for an environment that will invariably look different to the one he is learning in today?
- Ensuring our staff remain at the forefront of technology and teaching and learning in the 21st century
- The creation of classroom environments which focus on individual student needs and prepare boys to effectively use digital technologies as opposed to purely teaching software applications
- Instilling Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills in students from the very beginning
Technology has changed the way we think about teaching and learning at BBC; it is essential to create a contemporary and relevant learning environment where boys are motivated and inspired.
21st century fluencies
Catering for the 21st century learner is central to developing tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. As Brisbane Boys’ College prepares boys for the digital world, we stress the importance of headware over hardware.
Elements of critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation are imperative 21st century skills for life in the digital age. Now more than ever, students must learn to evaluate the accuracy, reliability and value of information. In today’s knowledge based environment, access to a diversity of resources allows students to improve their research, problem solving and critical literacy skills – skills which enable them to effectively use a variety of media to source information.
On-demand access to global resources means our teachers and students can engage in active conversations and source solutions as a group, making the learning process much more fluid and flexible.
Our new Middle School Precinct exemplifies this 21st century classroom design and learning practices. Five mobile touch screens (46-55”) with COWS (Computer On Wheels) serve both students and teachers alike, with wireless connectivity from any Tablet PC in the room, to the larger touch screens for group learning.
1-to-1 Tablet PC program
For more than five years, the Brisbane Boys’ College 1-to-1 Tablet PC program has allowed us to use technology as a tool to creatively deliver the Australian curriculum, to engage a new generation of learners and to focus on each boy’s individual progress.
As a more advanced and interactive version of a laptop, our Tablet PCs deliver engaging and interactive educational experiences which prepare boys for the challenges and rewards of today and tomorrow. Using the classroom management software DyKnow, teachers are able to see each boy’s screen from their own Tablet PC, where they provide personalised instruction and feedback that is targeted, timely and continuous.
No longer bound by the classroom, boys are able to explore new digital learning spaces such as wikis, podcasts and blogs, and can immerse themselves in real-world contexts where learning is relevant and exciting.
In conjunction with our 1-to-1 Tablet PC program (Years 7 to 12), BBC’s Junior School has invested in a class set of iPads as well as interactive whiteboards and tablet, laptop and desktop computers. To ensure the effective implementation of these technologies, Brisbane Boys’ College has a dedicated Coordinator of Digital Pedagogy (Junior School) who not only works with boys from Prep to Year 6, but also runs a peer mentoring program to assist teachers in identifying ways to strengthen classroom curriculum.
Junior School students are supported in their journey towards becoming confident players on the global scene and in their ability to recognise, project and meet the diverse technological challenges of the future. In this respect our teaching processes focus on:
- Distinguishing relevant from irrelevant information
- Making interdisciplinary connections
- Making plausible inferences, predictions and interpretations
- Comparing and contrasting ideals with actual practice
- Transferring past knowledge and insights into new contexts