Canberra Primary School is pleased to be recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2022-2025. Apple Distinguished Schools are recognized by Apple for continuous innovation in learning, teaching and the school environment.
Since inception, Canberra Primary School (CPS) has been incorporating cutting-edge, ICT-based pedagogies in its curriculum to enhance teaching and learning. With a visionary leadership and leadership support, teachers’ growth mindset and ongoing teachers’ professional development, CPS continuously seeks opportunities to enable rich learning experiences for its pupils by providing learner-centred environment through harnessing digital technologies and leveraging pupils’ 1:1 Personal Learning Devices (PLDs).
A comprehensive, progressive and distinctive Applied Learning Programme – ICT & Media (ALP) which consists of two stages have been put in place since 2014. The stages are:
- Foundation Stage: Start Young, Start It Right
- Orientation Stage: Orientation to My Future Learning
Over time, in addition to the two stages above, a third stage known as Future Learners, Future School is introduced. Together, these three stages provide enriching learning experiences that serve as the cornerstones of the heartbeat of a Canberra’s Learner as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Heartbeat of a Canberrian
With a rapid shift towards greater focus on the use of personal learning devices (PLDs), Blended Learning (BL) and Home-based Learning (HBL), the school has also placed a strong emphasis in digital literacies. This structured approach will enhance pupils’ positive values and habits of learning with PLDs (Figure 2), equipping them with the required crucial skills and dispositions as well as moulding them to be successful individuals who are able to harness the use of technology responsibly and effectively. Pupils will be developed to be future-ready and digitally responsible Canberrians who are able to leverage Apple technology to curate, create, connect, and collaborate with others productively in an increasingly networked digital environment.
Figure 2: Positive Values & Habits of Learning with PLDs
Links (The following links can only be opened on Apple devices)
1. Start Young, Start It Right
This ibook aims to describe CPS journey in 1:1 learning and how it uses the PLDs as a technology enabler to deliver the school’s learning outcomes.
2. Orientation to Future Learning
This ibook aims to describe CPS continuing journey in 1:1 learning and its continuous efforts in seeking opportunities through the use of technology.
3. Future Learners, Future Schools
This ibook aims to describe CPS efforts in sustaining an innovative teaching and learning environment.