Last week's Investiture Ceremony saw the awarding of the new Apple Angel badges to the student ICT leadership team. Congratulations to Michael McCleaghan (ICT Student Director), Vivian Lim, Mateuse Pingol, Mitchell Su, Sarah Jane Quirey, Connor Rattray, Ynte Lammertsma, Zandalee Clarke, Emperor Frandi, Lauren Wilson, Christopher Ayre, Hamish Hasler-Bail, Savannah Pingol, Sean Turner and Faith Chorley.
The Apple Angels dubbed 2012 the Year of Digital Collaboration and will be working with students and staff to connect globally in artistic and academic endeavours. The students will be reporting on their various projects in the weeks to come.
The iPAD is a hit with students!
There has been so much interest in the iPAD that we've been trying them out at QACI. Apple has kindly donated 20 iPADs to Visual Arts for a short term loan and by all accounts they've come up with some special ways of using them. The iPAD in the eLearning Centre has been packed with a range of apps and we hope students and staff will try them out and add their suggestions in the next few weeks. Students have also expressed interest in designing apps for education.
Jennie Jahnke and Glenda Hobdell were this week re-accredited as holders of the Digital Pedagogy Licence Advanced. This must be renewed every 3 years and the requirement was to be guest speakers in an EQ iConnect State-wide web conference. The presentations were enjoyed by participants and were a great learning experience for both teachers. Many of our teeachers are Digital Pedadogy Licence holders or working toward their accreditation.
For more information about the Licence levels, visit: http://education.qld.gov.au/smartclassrooms/pdframework/dp-licence-adv.html
Students access online learning materials and interact in collaborative spaces in Blackboard virtual classrooms for each subject course at the Academy. Education Queensland has developed a site called ‘The Learning Place’ through which students login to Blackboard, which is the Learning Management System used in Education Queensland schools. (http://education.qld.gov.au/learningplace/
See a study written by Jennie Jahnke, Dean of eLearning of our students use of Blackboard Discussion Forums to enhance learning.
MAC1 have come on board with the Academy as our new Apple Laptop Program reseller. William and Sally are our contacts at MAC1 New Farm.
Mrs Jahnke and Mr Carozza attended the Expo, a Smart Classrooms initiative, focussing on digital practices and technology in the classroom.
Mr Carozza presenting 'Teaching multiscreen storytelling to the digital native'.
National Computer Science School Challenge 2010 Participation.
Two Year 10 QACI students with an interest in programming mobile phones and robotics, have entered the online Challenge which runs for 5 weeks. Each week course notes are published with a set of problems to be solved. They are then submitted for automated online marking. Students have direct access to lecturers from the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney.
An outstanding leadership opportunity for students at all year levels is participation in the Apple Angels Team. As the title suggests, these students are ever present helpers in the quest to make ICT integral to learning. Since inception in 2007, the Angels have supported ICT staff in laptop rollout, staffed the student ICT Helpdesk, conducted ICT tours of the Academy, assisted in the rollout of new software, attended conferences as ICT support, to name only a few of the opportunities which have been taken up.
Each year, students apply to be part of the team. In 2010, the students have become a recognised part of the student Leadership team with the important induction of our first student ICT Director.
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