The Challenge - To relocate Flinders University’s School of Education from the Sturt Campus to a purpose-built modern facility on the University’s main campus.
The Solution - ELECTROBOARD provided interactive learning solutions that suited the university’s needs.
The Result - The use of SMART Boards and SMART Notebook is now a key element in teaching and learning at Flinders University.
What was the challenge?
Flinders University is situated within the foothills of the Mt. Lofty Ranges, in South Australia. Flinders University relocated its School of Education from the Sturt Campus to a purpose-built modern facility on the University’s main campus. As part of the new building’s state-of the-art design, innovative educational technologies were integrated into the teaching spaces.
“When the new building was being planned and constructed, there was a clear decision to use the latest technology as it exists in schools rather than traditional lecture room data projectors. A key reason was that we also wanted our students to experience the equipment during their lectures and not just in school placements.”
ELECTROBOARD provided interactive learning solutions that suited the university’s needs, supporting staff in best practice teaching, and integrating easily with existing resources and network infrastructure.
Each teaching space in the School of Education was equipped with a SMART Board system. In every room lecturers and tutors have the ability to deliver content in new and exciting ways and students can engage and interact with audio-visual, web 2.0 and online teaching resources.
“By offering professional learning opportunities across the year at different times and in different formats, we have been able to allow staff to explore their skill development at their pace rather than through a forced one-off training time.” Professor Conway
SMART Notebook software has been installed on all student computers in the building, and Notebook software training and content creation has been included as part of the curriculum in a number of Bachelor of Education topics. As such, Flinders students enter their teaching practicum placements equipped with the skills and resources they need for teaching “digital natives” in the contemporary classroom.
The use of SMART Boards and SMART Notebook is now a key element in teaching and learning at Flinders University and the opportunities they have presented have had a big impact on the achievement of students:
“Introducing theory and resources for teaching media was crucial to the topic, and as part of workshop discussions, brainstorms, and activities, students could interact with material presented in innovative ways using SMART Notebook.” Alexandra Potter, School of Education Academic, Research and Sessional Staff Member
SMART Boards and SMART Notebook can have a positive impact on all students, especially those that have specific learning needs:
“One student stands out as having hugely benefited from the use of the SMART Board. I taught a profoundly deaf student during this course, and the opportunity for her to communicate ideas independently of her AUSLAN interpreter by writing on and interacting with the SMART Board was just wonderful to see… …by using a captioning program, I was able to caption all of my audio-visual resources and display these clearly and easily on the SMART Board.”
Alexandra Potter, School of Education Academic, Research and Sessional Staff Member
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