Steve Iuliano from MAC1 has visited St Michael’s on more than one occasion to provide professional learning opportunities for our classroom and specialist teachers.
The first event GarageBand was the focus with a group of talented stage 2 & 3 musicians and two music teachers as a learning opportunity led by Steve. This experience has resulted in change for both students and teachers. Students have been able to peer tutor and create original music for many creative projects eg iMovies. The music teachers have incorporated GarageBand into their learning activities for composition and this has resulted in improved learning outcomes.
More recently the school purchased Macbook Pros dedicated for classroom teachers’ use. The rationale behind this purchase included the need to improve teacher capacity using Apple devices, as many staff members have had little or no experience. Steve was able to provide a three hour session to two groups of teachers – those with the least experience. The result has seen a decreased request for basic help from our IT Trainee or myself – freeing our time to meet other requests.
Learning Technologies Coordinator
St Michael’s Primary School, Baulkham Hills
From classroom teachers
“Great Mac session. I now know the basics needed to work with my computer.”
Natalie, Kindy teacher
“Very helpful and useful – particularly to get the settings the way I want them.”
Therese, Year 1 teacher
“Steve explained everything in an easy to understand way and answered all questions – no matter how ‘lame’!”
Julie, Year 3 teacher
“Very informative. Explanations were clear and simple. Step by step instructions. Thank you!”
Brigitte, Year 3 teacher