Learning with iPads at DMPS

January 11, 2014

When the dream becomes the reality…

It was back in July 2011 when I first started at Debney Meadows as the new principal with the dream to enable our students and enhance their opportunities to learn within a local and global context.  My dream was to provide technology for each of the preps and to help them develop 21st Century skills to elevate their full potential as learners.

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Our students are inherently curious.  They bring with them a sense of wonder and awe.  By providing our students access to mobile technologies we can help them achieve some of their dreams. The iPads are not just a gimmick or used to replace traditional learning, but rather a window to a larger world of knowing, doing and being.  They help them learn new concepts, consolidate understandings, and make connections with prior knowledge.  They are not just mere consumers but in fact, producers of knowledge and content.  They read, write and create records of their learning progress and use these to reflect and build upon their achievement.

Who is part of the program?
2011 – Year Preps
2012 – Year Prep to Year 1
2013 – Year Prep to Year 2
2014 – Year Prep to Year 3
2015 – Year Prep to Year 4

We decided to capture our first steps with the help of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and created a video that followed our journey from our Prep transition program in 2011 to mid year 2012.

We have grown considerably since then, and we are currently in our fourth cohort of preps with their new teacher, Felicity Purcell.

How to find out more…
You can contact the school to find out more information.  If you are a teacher or a parent we invite you to come and have a look at what we do in the school.  Our students and teachers would be very happy to spend some time with you.

Debney Meadows PS website

DEECD iPads for Learning Showcase

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