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Lyall Bay School moves with the times

Mar 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


NEW AGE: Nine-year-olds Kate Masters, left, and Ruby Hudson hit the airwaves.

AN E-REVOLUTION is underway at Lyall Bay School, where students and teachers alike are learning fundamental skills for coping in the digital age.

The school is involved in a three-year initiative designed to integrate information and communication technologies into the curriculum.

Teachers are required to attend workshops on how to apply electronic teaching techniques, and to produce interactive e-portfolios for students and families.

Deputy principal Clint Chalmers says that some teachers are taking to the new procedures more easily than others.

“We’ve got a broad range of ages in our staff and some are better at it [e-teaching] than others, but we’re definitely getting there.”

Classroom blogs have been set up, and the recent purchase of 32 notebooks has meant extra mobility and convenience for pupils’ fact-finding missions and projects, he says.

Five classes are equipped with interactive whiteboards, which are giant touch screens.

Limited funding from the Ministry of Education covers some of the costs of the changes, but the bulk has come from school fundraising and the community.

An e-learning student conference involving 90 students from Lyall Bay and six other schools is planned this year.

Participants will work through a variety of internet modules, ranging from educational games to music production, and will use what they have learnt to tutor their classmates.

“Effectively it will be students teaching students,” says Mr Chalmers.

Another example of how students have embraced digital technology is the school’s internet radio station Maranui FM.

It is on air 24 hours a day, and year five and six pupils host their own radio shows, and do reviews, interviews, quizzes, and student polls.

Last year, in an effort to create revenue for Maranui FM, students were asked to draw up a business model and approach local companiesto sell advertising slots on the station.

Several business owners took up the offer, and a group of students got the chance to produce advertising for a digital medium.

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