Innovation and Technology

Here at Newington, we’re passionate about the boys we teach and keen to engage with them in ways that will benefit them after they leave school.

Learning with Technology

Did you know? Newington’s first computer was built in 1971, by Greg Smith (ON 1971) from parts donated by IBM.

Laptops and iPads are now standard use in classrooms, seminar rooms, laboratories, performance spaces and lecture theatres at Newington. Our ICT team are experienced in supporting the needs of each area. We conduct workshops to train our teachers in the most effective and up-to date online learning tools, so that your son will have a classroom learning experience that is interactive and engaging.

 

Our Learning Canvas

Our Learning Management System, Canvas, is an online learning environment that allows boys and teachers to interact online, both during and outside classroom time. In Canvas teachers can create and deliver content, monitor the boys’ participation and assess their performance. Canvas blends the world of the classroom with the online environment for our boys.

Role of ICT at Newington

At Newington College we believe that technology plays a vital role in helping students learn. Informed in part by the work of Dr. Ruben Peutendura (SAMR) and his contemporaries including Punya Mishra and Matthew J. Koehler (TPACK), we see the value of technology in not just ‘substituting’ things students would do - for example, a laptop replacing pen and paper - but rather to augment, modify and redefine learning activities. Technology opens new ways of engaging and nurturing learners.

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Creating

  • Student as independent learner, empowered by technology
  • Constructivist approaches
  • Mobile (incl. video) learning

Connecting

  • Student as collaborative learner
  • Authentic sharing outside the College
  • Effective research skills
  • Ethical and informed
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Organising

  • Individual file/resource organisation, note taking and revision
  • Reflective/portfolio approaches

Personalising

  • Student as reflective learner
  • Effective & responsible user of personal and mobile technologies

Digital Citizenship

• Digital citizenship is a big part of our Well-being program • It is taught from Kindergarten to Year 12 • It’s about teaching the boys what’s at stake when they use social media • Topics include: ‘being aware of our digital footprint’, and ‘online privacy’

Not all technology use is helpful or acceptable. At Newington we will have the hard conversations with the boys around the following.

  • Time Management – wasted time, always online
  • Information Overload – wading through the vast quantities of largely unfiltered resources
  • Online Identity – young (and older) people making poor choices online
  • Harmful and age-inappropriate behaviours – bullying, sexting, access to pornography, and more.

What your son needs in Year 7

Year 7 will be provided with a Newington owned iPad Air 2 with 64GB of storage and WI-FI only capability. This device will be managed by Newington ICT and your son will be provided with a special school Apple ID managed through the Apple School Manager Program.

What your son needs in Year 8

Boys are expected to continue the use of their personal iPad as used in the previous year.

What your son needs in Year 9 to 12

For boys entering Year 9 to12 in 2017, they require a lightweight Windows device or Mac laptop.

The Technology Equation: A Mathematical Case Study

In Mathematics, if we are merely substituting the theory we write on the board for digital notes via a projector then we are just wasting electricity. However, if we record the audio from a lesson in real time and synchronise it with the questions and dialogue from our boys, we can extend learning beyond the classroom.

Can you Hack it?

In 2016, the Mathematics and ICT department joined forces to conduct a Year 7 Hackathon

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Tools to Enhance Learning

Find policies and procedures and more information about how Newingon integrates technology into the classroom in the Learning with Technology Insite.

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