Coffs Harbour Christian Community School Celebrates Technology Win
Coffs Harbour Christian Community School in New South Wales has won a state-of-the-art education technology package, after entering a Trans-Tasman school competition. The Promethean Grant was an initiative across Australia and New Zealand where schools were asked to submit creative entries as to why they deserved to receive a Promethean ActivPanel – an advanced interactive front of class display. The school has been chosen as one of the 11 winners from a total of 76 entries.
The competition – launched at EduTECH 2017 – closed in September and entries were judged by a local panel of experienced educators and edtech specialists. The winners’ new ActivPanels were installed in time for the start of the next academic term. Each school received a fully installed ActivPanel package, the total Promethean Grant package has been valued at approximately $50,000 AUD.
Jodie Kalanj, Teacher Coach at Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School said; “As part of our Christian ethos, a lot of our learning is centered around making our children global learning citizens in the 21st century. We want to give our students the opportunity to experience the wonders of the world, explore beyond our immediate community and be digitally connected.
“The ActivPanel will be a great enabler for developing these interests and for supporting our Bali Buddies programme, which is a unique language learning programme in partnership with schools across Indonesia. It will allow us to communicate and interact clearly with our friends overseas, in real-time, which is so exciting!”
Melissa Grant, eLearning Leader at Takapuna Primary School and Promethean Grant Panellist, commented: “The standard of the entries has been phenomenal. It was a privilege to be part of the judging process and see first-hand how creative schools were in demonstrating how technology would transform teaching and learning in the 21st century. However, we did have to make some very tough decisions.”
“As a company, we are really pleased that we could ease the financial pressure of 11 schools across Australia and New Zealand and deliver next-generation technology for both staff and students. We firmly believe finances shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing technology which enhances teaching and learning experiences, and that is why we chose to launch the Promethean Grant,” added Alistair Hayward, Promethean’s Head of UKI and ANZ markets.
Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School has been using its ActivPanel since the start of the school year and has received ActivPanel training as part of the win. As a front of class display, the ActivPanel acts as a collaborative learning centre, and can connect with other devices in the classroom such as laptops and tablets; enabling students to complete tasks from the screen on a handheld device or even take turns at the front of the classroom using the touchscreen functionality.
The 2018 Promethean Grant has been launched at EduTECH on 7 / 8 June in Sydney, fancy submitting an entry and win an ActivPanel? Visit www.prometheanworld.com/au/grant.