Walter Barbieri, Director of eLearning at St Peter’s College, describes the school’s pre-2011 technology as being a “scarce and precious commodity”. When the school subsequently embarked on a digital transformation, its path was detailed in a comprehensive, multi-layered strategic plan – covering teaching and learning as well as administrative processes. It was championed from the top to ensure not only the vision was correct but that it would be implemented. He says there are no short cuts to doing it well.
Within the plan was the introduction of personalised Apple devices, in a phased rollout to teachers and students in all years. Key to its success is that teachers participate in ongoing, targeted Professional Learning. This program improves their digital confidence and trains them in designing technology-rich pedagogies. To help develop the 21st century skills the boys will need, these activities promote higher order critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.
In addition to the Professional Learning, the strategy was also to manage the continuing procurement and maintenance of the school’s fleet of iPads and Macs. St Peter’s technology partner needed the specific expertise and service offering to contribute positively to this ‘education first’ approach.