Mount Sinai College has always sought to be innovative and progressive in creating learning opportunities for students. Technology is viewed as a tool, an enabler, to enhance the learning outcomes of students across the Key Learning Areas of the Curriculum.
The College provides interactive ‘SMART Boards’ in all classrooms K - 6 and other learning spaces. The College adopted this technology early and has used interactive boards for many years. The interactive boards provide teachers with platforms from which they can launch exciting and productive lessons. They provide interactivity which involves the students directly as participants.
Similarly the College moved quickly into using laptops. Mount Sinai committed early to providing laptops, net books and iPads for students to use actively as required in classrooms. The integration of these devices in the classroom is seen as a fundamental part of the fabric of the classroom.
In 2013 the College committed to providing iPads to all students from K - 6. The need to support teachers to integrate the technology was recognized as crucial. An extensive professional development was initiated through, an experienced external provider, Xcitelogic. Xcitelogic is delivering a series of workshops and also supplies mentoring and support to teachers directly in their classrooms.
A host of multimedia resources, apps and peripherals are available. With a robust, fast and safe network. students are active and enthusiastic users of the technology which is always at their fingertips.
However extensive and powerful technology may be, we also recognise that our students cannot download care, passion, imagination and creativity – instead, they have to upload it the traditional way by reading, writing, reflecting and discussing.