Conference - Brisbane, Australia - Unleash your IT
4 and 5 December 2000, the i-learning 2000 conference for
visionary educators will be held at John Paul College in Brisbane. The
conference theme, "Unleash your IT investment through
connected learning" will provide educators with the
background information and hands-on experience they need to make
integration of information technology and anytime, anywhere
learning happen for them and their learners.
Keynote speakers include: Don
Carlson, National Education Market Manager of Microsoft, Mr Bruce
Lakin, General Manager Toshiba (Australia), Jim Kuhr, Senior
Developer, Microsoft, K-12 Learning Solutions, USA, Jil Hrdliczka,
Managing Director, Knowledge Network, SA and KnowNet Australia,
Garry Putland, Project Director, Edna Online, Shawn Ket, Group
General Manager QANTM Operations, Murray Baum, Southern Region
Sales Manager and National Manager Industry Development, 3COM,
Phil Howson, State Manager, PowerLan, Adrian McCullagh,
National Director E-Commerce - Gadens Lawyers, Michael Hough,
Professor of Educational Leadership, University of
The breakout sessions provide a
variety of workshops and seminars for educators. Building Bridges
in Early Childhood Education will be via video conference, USA.
For more information visit the web site www.jpc.qld.edu.au/learning.
About John Paul College
Anytime, anywhere learning is the
reality for students at John Paul College. The co-educational P-12
school introduced its notebook program in 1992 and is now
recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the
application of new learning technologies. 1,600 students in years
5-12 and 200 teachers use their notebooks on a lesson-by-lesson
basis at school and from home.
John Paul College is the only
pre-school to year 12 school in the world chosen by the Microsoft
Corporation as a "beta site" for the most sophisticated
online learning system available.
The notebook program is supported
by eight full-time technicians ensuring that any technical
problems are fixed promptly, and notebooks are returned as soon as
The College has strategically
turned towards a wireless environment as it better supports
notebook portability. By the end of 2001, 1,800 radio cards will
be in use throughout the College from the present 800 in 2000.
The curriculum for secondary
students is almost now available online via the College's
intranet. The College reports a greater degree of cooperation from
parents as they have been able to access teaching material at home
online and better support for their children with their homework.
John Paul College / KnowNet
Partnership in Education
John Paul College and KnowNet
Australia (Knowledge Network in South Africa) entered into
partnership in July 2000. Eleven IT Coordinators at the College were trained in the
integrated learning and mentoring methodology and attended the
KnowNet train-the-trainer programme.
Since July, 139 educators have
been trained to present the KnowNet IT Learning System Progressive
Learning Programme to the 2244 learners in the school. Students in
years 5 -12 are currently working towards their Microsoft Office
User Specialist certificate, the International Driver's Licence
and five levels of the KnowNet certification programme.
From 2001, the KnowNet Adult
Learning Programme will be offered by the College providing
parents with an opportunity to learn about information technology and
to experience the learning methodology. This will ensure that they
are fully equipped to help their children in computing.
Educators at John Paul College report on the
learning methodology and IT Learning System
The student is at the centre of
"The KnowNet methodology sits
comfortably with the developmental teaching philosophy employed in
each classroom at John Paul College. This philosophy places the
student at the centre of learning, enables the student to develop
at their own pace, draws on the student's prior knowledge and
experience and encourages creativity and problem-solving."
Jan MacNamara, Educator, John Paul College.
Building confidence based on
"The greatest gift that
KnowNet training has given me is to see learning through my
students' eyes - both the excitement and fears that a new learning
experience can bring, and how to reduce these nerves and maximize
enjoyment by building confidence based on success.
The methodology is obviously well
thought through, and based in experience, with the focus on
motivation and clarity of explanation.
In my first session employing the
methodology the creativity engendered was wonderful, and rewarded
both the students and my efforts with terrific products."
Jeff Symms, Educator, John Paul College