As part of the BYOD Project a visit to Microsoft took place to explore solutions and strategies for us to use with our students.
Teachers working on the BYOD Project engaged with external educational and technological professionals from Microsoft Head Office and InSynch to further develop professional knowledge and practice in relation to the implementation of Microsoft 365 in school.
As a team, teachers explored the ways in which new software programs could be used to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking in students.
Teachers experimented with new software programs, and collaboratively assessed the effectiveness of these programs in supporting students’ understanding, engagement and achievement.
Teachers participated in professional learning to further update their skills and to address targeted technology priorities in the school and the DEC as a whole.
As a team, teachers fostered professional networks between Epping Boys High, Microsoft and partner companies with the intention to improve teaching and learning.
Each class of students attended three workshops to learn about sustainability in more detail. All of the sessions had a wide variety of curriculum-based, hands on activities to keep the students engaged. The Designing Sustainable Homes workshop (above) taught students about practical ideas that can be implemented in an average home. Students then used a home design app to design their own sustainable buildings on iPads. Students examined the parts of flowers at the Buzz on Bees workshop, but were most interested in the honey and fruit taste testing at the end of the workshop. The Take 3 workshop taught students about rubbish in our oceans and the potential of simple initiatives to provide a practical solution.
Our students have been able to apply the knowledge gained at the Youth Eco Summit in the preparation of a Sustainability Cross Curriculum Project that has run throughout Term 4. This event is a great way to give students choice in content and activities, but also to extend students by providing them with challenging information from a range of universities and organisations.
In conjunction with the Youth Eco Summit, the Sydney Olympic Park and the Royal Agricultural Society ran a number of professional learning activities.
Youth Eco Summit
Youth Eco Summit - showcasing sustainability in action - UWS
Registration is already open for the 2015 Youth Eco Summit
Deputy Principal at a Sydney high school. Coordinating author of the Geoactive text book series.