Cohuna's way to connect

A LOCAL school is embracing new technology into all facets of education.

Since the start of term one, Cohuna Secondary College students have been using iPads to complement their classroom tasks.

Each child has their own iPad, which school principal, Daniel Nemtsas said has been a higher uptake than what was predicted prior to the start of 2017.

"Less than a dozen students are using new iPads, with most of the students using iPads they already had at home," he said.

"Ninety per cent of the iPads are not new, and are being used for an educations purpose instead of for playing games."

Students received a lesson at the start of the school year regarding how best to look after their device.

However, this was the only lesson that pupils received on how to use the technology.

As part of the school's new philosophy on education, the iPads are used to assist with classroom tasks.

Described as "the Cohuna way", teachers – who have also been provided with iPads to assist with planning for lessons - outline before the start of each class what students will learn and the tasks that will occur.

"The prep students may be learning about the letter C, so they may start by singing a song, then going to different stations to cut letters out, write the letter and watch a video on the iPad," Mr Nemtsas said.

"The iPads are a tool to assist with the learning. The devices will not replace great teachers."

CONNECTED: Cohuna Consolidated School principal, Daniel Nemtsas, right, watches as Ava Treacy and Cameron Brain use their iPads.

CONNECTED: Cohuna Consolidated School principal, Daniel Nemtsas, right, watches as Ava Treacy and Cameron Brain use their iPads.

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