Effectively integrating the use of technology into student inquiry and collaborative programmes

Sam McNeill

Sam McNeill, Director of ICT, St Andrews College.

Presentation slides

When thinking about technology, we think about opportunity. Those managing the technology often think about risk.

  • How do we protect data?
  • How do we protect students?
  • How do we manage risk?

Technology in the news

Millennials are primarily getting their news through social media. So how are organisations, political parties etc, determining what they are seeing?

Sam used Microsoft Pulse during the session for people to identify what they think of the session as it goes.

Microsoft Pulse example from session

Sam was also able to push out a quick poll to the audience to answer a question. Once you answer the question, you can see the data coming in, in real time.

Pulse poll question

If we continue to think about risk, do we actually want people to connect to our network? What can we do about this?

Sam shared the following video outlining the use of the Surface Pro 3 at St Andrews College.

Technology gives students the opportunity to participate and contribute in a wider global community.

SAMR model - coffee example

It is okay for people to be at the Substitution level of SAMR. But what about pushing yourself a bit more to move up to the other levels?

Throughout the presentation Sam continued to connect the use of digital technology in learning with the Key Competencies. Their is a constant consideration of how technology can support development of the KCs.

It was great to have Sam sharing a whole stack of real student examples from St Andrew's College. This included one student creating a pick-a-path story with Minecraft, and another student using Google Earth to tell a story. Another student created a musical composition around a piece of artwork. The opportunity to use technology gave full orchestra possibilities that would not have otherwise been there. It was a great example of technology use to redefine the learning.

To finish off, Sam showed that Pulse can be used to have students indicate that a concept is still not well understood. It gives an opportunity to consider what else needs to be done to support the students to learn.