Re­mote dig­i­tal part­ners

Joondalup Times - - SCHOOL MATTERS -

THOUGH Yiy­ili Com­mu­nity School is lo­cated 600km in­land from Broome in the Kim­ber­ley re­gion, its re­mote lo­ca­tion is no bar­rier to in­no­va­tion.

Staff and stu­dents in the K10 co­hort re­cently had a visit from mem­bers of the St Stephen’s School dig­i­tal learn­ing team, who spent five days pass­ing on skills in the ar­eas of ro­bot­ics, cod­ing, aug­mented real­ity and cir­cuitry.

The visit was the fourth in 18 months as part of a part­ner­ship between the two schools.

“Our goal has been to pro­vide high-level age and abil­ity ap­pro­pri­ate dig­i­tal learn­ing that would en­hance teach­ing and learn­ing and pro­vide lat­est re­sources and tech­niques the staff and stu­dents would other­wise not have the op­por­tu­nity to see and en­gage in,” dig­i­tal learn­ing spe­cial­ist Jenny Mallis said.

The team also worked with staff in pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment, pro­vid­ing train­ing re­sources and tech­ni­cal sup­port and up­dat­ing Yiy­ili’s de­vices and pro­grams. Yiy­ili Com­mu­nity School Prin­ci­pal Alex Mount­ford said the re­la­tion­ship with St Stephen’s was a great sup­port.

“This al­lows the teach­ers to ex­pe­ri­ence how the cur­ricu­lum can be im­ple­mented ef­fec­tively, de­spite our re­mote lo­ca­tion, and to see tech­nol­ogy in ac­tion with the stu­dents,” she said.

“The school and com­mu­nity recog­nise the fun­da­men­tal im­por­tance of en­cour­ag­ing dig­i­tal lit­er­acy.”

Yiy­ili Com­mu­nity stu­dents ben­e­fit from a dig­i­tal learn­ing link up with St Stephen’s School.

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