HP Solution Brings Variety and Mobility to Learning at St Hilda's
Source: Hewlett-Packard (HP)
St Hilda's Anglican School is involved in the integration of advanced technologies with the school curriculum so as to provide students with the analytical tools and skills that they will need in future. Robin McKean, deputy head of curriculum for the junior school at St Hilda's, was investigating how technology can be integrated with teaching pedagogies and included into the school curricula to offer a better learning environment. He saw how students were provided with a portable technology that came with global positioning systems. This way, students were able to use computers and access vast multimedia content on the move. With these portable solutions, students could accomplish tasks or questions on hand-held computers. They were then directed to their next location where the onboard GPS moved to the next section of the application. St Hilda's invested in 16 HP iPAQ handheld devices and developed a library of applications that were able to meet the requirements of students and teachers. Some of these applications were developed by the students. These learning modules designed for St Hilda's Anglican School came with audio, video, pictures or text content features. St Hilda's in Perth was implemented with technology programs to engage students and interest them. The solutions allowed students to connect with peers, teachers and experts while exposing them to other cultures and perspectives. This multi-media delivery of the curriculum allowed teachers and students to explore content more thoroughly. In this case, technology was able to provide students and teachers with information gathering, information searching, content sharing, knowledge refining, new knowledge building, and promoting use of multiple intelligences.