Article from the Australian Educational Journal - 'Education Today'
switches on the education light bulb for digital natives. Congratulations
to technology teacher, Mr Adrian Bruce, from Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina
on the mid north coast of NSW. Mr Bruce was nominated successfully last term for
an Education Today
Bruce recently won the prestigious Microsoft Innovative Teachers' Award for
fostering student growth through the use of technology. Today, students are
the digital natives in the classroom and they expect technology to be used
as a key tool to enhance their education experience.
This NSW teacher is
a leader in ICT nationally and he has shown how technology can be integrated
into all subject areas to make learning more exciting and more challenging.
aim is to switch students onto learning using technology as the lever. Mr
Bruce uses ICT to increase his students enthusiasm and he uses different
approaches to tailor learning to meet individual needs.
collaboration through technology was a key theme in his entry into the Microsoft
Innovative Teachers Award.
His project involved students at Emmanuel Anglican
College working together to build web pages, create 3D animations and compose
digital music. He said that technology made the real and positive difference across
the curriculum. Technology has created a group of learners working together
to solve problems, he said. It also gives students access to a level
of creativity that has never existed before.
I also collaborate with
teachers from all over Australia and the world. We share resources and offer
advice almost instantly. I now count my immediate colleagues as those on a worldwide
stage whereas once it was just my grade partner in the room next door.