Remote digital partners
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.