1:1 Environment

​​​What does the 1:1 mean for St. Joseph’s Learners?

“By 2020 or sooner, it will be all about ‘just-in-time knowledge’. In a world of fast knowledge development, none of us will have the capability to know much of anything at all. The most important skill we will have will be the ability to go out to get the right knowledge for the right purpose at the right time.”
Jim Carroll – Futurist, Trends & Innovation

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A 1:1 environment should be the goal of every learning institution, however the iPad is not coming to take over the classroom at St. Joseph’s, nor is it replacing quality teaching. Teachers must welcome the device like their predecessors welcomed the chalkboard, the calculator and the CD-ROM. The device will give our students a better opportunity to share, connect and seek out information. The iPad will not be a distraction, but another arm of the classroom. It will not always be on display. There will be times when the best lessons are done with the absence of technology.

Students will be taught that the iPad is an avenue for learning and discovery, but it cannot replace their ability to think critically or creatively, or to question and choose strategies to solve real life problems. These are the skills that our student will need to be effective citizens. With the iPad, they will have access to an overabundance of information and potential answers, but it will not give them the strategies to filter the information, solve problems and communicated their findings. The General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum: Critical and Creative Thinking Capability and Information and Communication Technology Capability demand that we give our students the skills to be critical and creative thinkers and to be ICT competent.

Our teachers are accessing professional development on how to incorporate technology into the classroom and how to make productive use of the selected Apps. Students will also take part in ‘boot camps’ in the first few weeks of Term One, so that they become efficient in the use of the iPad. 

Jim Carroll’s predictions about knowledge by 2020 impact us all as this is already the world we live in. So, we can only imagine what the knowledge growth trends will be by the time our Prep students enter the workforce!