Collaboration crosses learning boundaries
According to Michael Slip, the school has fully embraced collaboration:
“[CGGS is] a shining light. They’re an example of an organisation that has really adopted the technology and are extracting the value.”
The collaboration solution is also generating positive feedback from the staff at CGGS. Kim Perkins, Head of Digital Learning at CGGS said:
“This is probably the most exciting period of my teaching career. The possibilities that this collaboration communications technology has opened up, the excitement that it generates among the students and the uptake by the staff has been one of the most impressive changes of implementations of technology.”
The collaboration solution is having an impact on the way that teachers and students are working at CGGS, with interactive classroom learning allowing the students to have access to people and experiences beyond the boundaries of the classroom and in locations across Australia and internationally.
“In Year 6 we did a science activity with an organisation called ‘Fizzics’ and they did chemical experiments that we couldn’t do here at school and the girls loved that. They saw amazing reactions and things that are a bit dangerous to do in the classroom virtually. Given the ability to bring experts into the classroom, there are really no boundaries to where an incursion could take us,” said Meagan Wilson, Year 5 and 6 Team Leader, CGGS.
The school is also making productivity gains by recording classroom learning for re-use and future reference, and the collaboration solution is empowering students and teachers in ways that were not possible with more traditional teaching methods.
Ben Jenkinson, Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation, says the school is “flying” with the Show and Share technology.
The students are also finding that Show and Share is improving their capacity to learn:
“If you learn from someone your age, it’s a lot easier to understand and I can also compare my results. You can see whether you got something similar or that we probably didn’t do [something] properly, or that we got an error in our experiments,” said Year 9 students, Emma and Yasmine.
Productivity via collaboration
The benefits of collaboration are not limited to learning and are being felt in other areas of the school as well, including the human resources department, who are using it to assist with their recruitment processes.
‘From a recruitment perspective we’re using WebEx. We are able to safely connect with the [interviewee] anywhere, anytime and with such ease of use. The other side of WebEx is that we can actually record the interview,’ said Erin Colwell, Director of Human Resources, CGGS.
IT Operations Manager, Nathan Campbell, used WebEx during the interview phase of his recruitment:
‘I applied from WA so we did a WebEx initially. It was a one-click, one-touch process with Cisco WebEx [and] the whole personal, in-the-room feeling was there.’
An education for the future
According to Michael Slip:
‘The kids themselves are now becoming digital natives and [are] getting ready for the corporate environments they are probably going to be employed in.’
Principal Debbie Dunwoody acknowledges the benefits and value of the collaboration solution:
‘It’s been an incredibly exciting time. We’ve been all throughout Australia and to many places around the world already, in such a short space of time.’