Posted on 13 September 2017
Both staff and students were fortunate to have Dr Gary Stager, one of the world’s leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms, visit our College recently. Mr Stager was touring most Australian states as part of a Microsoft Education Leadership Program.
Dr Stager began his visit by speaking to teaching staff about future-proofing our students for a very uncertain world. He then visited various classrooms around the campus where he had the opportunity to see first–hand some of the great work occurring at the College.
Some of the Year 7 students, for example, showcased how hydraulic devices can be used to solve real-world problems. The students certainly appreciated Dr Stager’s very useful feedback. Glen Henville’s Year 10 class demonstrated how they are using OneNote to revisit success criteria using emojis for their upcoming examination. Year 8 students demonstrated their use of 3D Paint to calculate the volume of magma in the earth. Using their virtual object which they created in 3D Paint, they were able to check their estimates using hololens. Year 2 students showcased how they used their iPads to code drones to fly in a square formation.
Dr Gary Stager was very impressed by what he saw and is looking at opportunities to host future workshops at the College. We certainly are excited about the prospect of him returning to our campus.
Dean of Teaching and Learning Innovation