Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We are so lucky, not only to live in Australia, but more particularly because we live on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. We have, on our doorstep, the Pacific Ocean, rivers, creeks, mountains and forests. We commonly see wild-life that most of the world regards as exotic or unusual…and we have a vast range of modern facilities that make our lives comfortable, safe and full of opportunity.
The Department of Education has recently released the latest update to its Strategic Plan, something it does every year to ensure a consistency of vision within an ever-changing world. This year, the Department of Education has included some statistics that influence how we teach and learn.
The Internet of Things – everything connected all the time
By 2020 more than 40% of the workforce will be employed by the gig economy
By 2021 we will consume 278 exabytes (1EB = 1 billion GB) of information every month
Up to 44% of current jobs may be automated in the future
The world our children and grandchildren will inherit will be – and it already is – a digital world.
Technology devices are simply tools at school, technology devices are tools for learning and teaching; they are tools for communicating, collaborating and being creative. They are also tools that help us make connections, share our knowledge and understanding and enable us to experience places, communities and expertise far removed from our homes and familiar environments.
Our students – our kids – still need to run and play; lift up a rock and find… tell a story about… imagine ‘what if’… learn new skills… and teach others how to…
iPads in Prep and Year 1 are enablers, engagers and enhancers. A student learning how to take photos, record video or to ask Siri about a tree frog is enabling their own learning. A student who is using a story creator to author their own story to share with others is engaged in manipulating English, building vocabulary and understanding the purpose of literature. A student who can explain what they have been learning, air-drop examples of their work and access them to show what they know ‘now’ is enhancing not only the skill on display but also understanding deeply about the quality of their learning.
Our 2020 Prep, Year 1 and 2 Bring Your Own iPad program is not about having our students access ‘screen time’. It is about our students having an amazing tool for learning and about learning how to use that tool in creative and flexible ways – the future belongs to our students, and we need to make sure they have the skills for whatever future they imagine for themselves.
2019: iPad implementation – Prep and Year 1
2020: iPad implementation – Prep, Year 1, Year 2
2021: iPad implementation – Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3