Mel Riley, Deputy Principal – Pedagogy, Learning Design and Innovation at SCH, says: “Because we farewell graduates into a technologically saturated world, we encourage students to take risks, be independent and able to self-modify and self-monitor. They thrive here because they have excellent resources and facilities.”
From a teaching perspective, she says: “Technology can be both a blessing and a curse in the classroom. While it can be an enabler, it can also be a disrupter. The worst thing to happen when you’re in the middle of a really great lesson, or depending on technology rich tools, is for there to be a problem with student devices or access.
“One of the pleasant surprises since joining Sacred Heart, is that I’ve never had an issue with connectivity or devices. Both student learning and my teaching, and the synergy that has to be present between those two elements, has never been interrupted. I don’t have to think about a Plan B. The seamless integration of technology into the nuts & bolts of the classroom takes a huge load off teachers.”
The single, Apple-based ecosystem drives Sacred Heart’s continuity of learning. Mel says: “One of the things I love about Apple devices is they talk to each other without you having to think about it – features like AirDrop make life very easy.”
And SHC’s strategy to have teachers and students on the same device means “we all talk the same language. From the 26 people in the classroom we can usually quickly troubleshoot ourselves. That’s very different to the BYOD experiences I’ve had in other schools.”
Even for getting larger fixes: “Often there are fractious relationships between IT services providers and schools. I’ve come into Sacred Heart and it’s collegial and seamless between our needs and Compnow’s service,” Mel says.
In support, Mark says: “Anyone can sell boxes, but the beauty for us is Compnow’s after sales service – in having them understand what we’re trying to do, who we are and why we do what we do. Compnow worked with our people to give them first hand experience of what it’s like in industry, how to work best in it, and get the most out of it. We throw curve balls at Compnow and they always come back with a structured method for us to achieve what we want to achieve.”
‘Shared values’ is a much touted phrase, but here there is genuine matching across the College’s Mercy foundation and Compnow’s 12 Pillars. Compnow’s greatly appreciated and deep involvement in the education sector is vital to SHC’s preparations of its young people for their futures. Compnow consistently exceeds the College’s expectations with additional small and large commitments. It has sponsored the newly built STEM program and Innovation Precinct. Compnow’s Development Team worked with the SHC Bradbury Club to turn their ‘Interesting Facts Competition’ into an App game for mobile.
From a student perspective, three articulate & confident young women contributed these comments:
College Captain Ella Goodwin says: “The Apple devices we have in the classroom are so intuitive to use – with features like AirDrop allowing us to easily share files – which is particularly important when we’re doing group projects.”
College Captain Georgia McCardel says: “Whether you can or can’t come to school on a certain day, you have online and hybrid options, so you don’t miss out on anything.”
College Captain Hannah Brady says: “Because we’ve experienced differentiated learning styles, we’re ready to take on different platforms when we go out into the workforce.”