“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
Jim Carroll – Futurist, Trends & Innovation
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
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!