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.
In 2013 the College committed to providing iPads to all students from K - 6. The need to support teachers to integrate the technology was recognised as crucial. The College believes strongly that professional development of teachers is a corner stone to enablement. Teachers are well supported both internally and externally. There is a strong focus on mentoring, sharing and collaboration.
Mount Sinai has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School from 2013 for its effective 1:1 integration of iPads from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.
Mount Sinai College is delighted to have been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School. The College has always sought excellence and our embrace of iPads seems like such a comfortable fit for us. It is exciting to see technology blending quietly with pedagogy in such dynamic and transformative ways. – Mr. P Roberts, School Principal.
The selection of Mount Sinai College as an Apple Distinguished School highlights the College’s success in providing an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.
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.
Changes are constant and a shift towards real integration of STEM/STEAM is already underway.
This shift will become apparent in the sorts of experiences in play for students across the school. The College is committed to a makers culture which leverages technologies, thinking and skills incorporating robotics, coding, Minecraft, 3D printing etcetera. All of these capabilities can be accommodated and enhanced in our dynamic iPad environment.
Project-based learning is a natural part of what we do in our classrooms and we are seeking to incorporate challenge-based learning (CBL) across K-6. This will provide authentic learning opportunities to publish and interact with broader audiences.
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.