With statistics from the World Economic Forum predicting that by 2030, 65% of today’s students will be employed in jobs that don’t exist yet, Nathan – through consultation with the school and learning leaders – decided it was Tyndale’s responsibility to equip students with skills in collaborative learning – something he predicts will be vital for future careers.
After the success of a pilot program trialling Chromebooks with the junior school in 2017, Tyndale is now rolling out Chromebooks and Google Workspace for Education applications to the rest of the school. Completion is projected for 2021.
“We have been using insights from the Chrome admin portal that is within the Chrome Education Upgrade throughout the pilot project to track usage of Chromebooks as a learning tool, as well as student engagement and student-teacher interaction,” said Nathan. “In order to move forward, we are using Chromebooks as a tool for Year 6 starting in 2019. By 2021, middle school will be using Chromebook as a learning tool too.”
In order to engage teachers in the introduction of the roll-out, Nathan organised school community mornings to educate them so they could in turn teach students and each other how to get the most out of the new Chromebooks.
Nathan identified ‘Tech Coaches’ who could champion the products and pass the knowledge on to other teachers and staff.
“As teachers are fully engaged with their students and classroom duties throughout the school day, it is understandably difficult for them to visit other classrooms and schools and witness how they are implementing their classroom technology to deliver their goals. Empowering and equipping the teachers is essential,” he said.
On Tuesdays, Nathan runs a ‘Techie Brekky’ from 7.45am to 8.20am, where teachers can learn tips about using the Google products in class.
“I'm a Google Certified Educator so my job is to support our teachers as they incorporate new technologies into the classrooms.”
Some of the teachers were initially reluctant to come on board, but through the engaging techniques Nathan and his team introduced, they feel safer and more capable of using a new system and learning new skills.
“They realise it is about learning, and if they feel engaged in their learning it is a real value for them. If they can provide practicalities for the students, they can move on.”