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Pearson Digital Learning distributed in
Australia by Softlink, which addresses
reading, language, a rts, mathematics and
science. We're using SuccessMaker to do c-
ument measu rable learning gains through
the regular extraction of diagnostic reports
detailing the engagement and learning gains
of our students.
We've also purchased a suite of Spectronics
software; Read and Write Gold software to
allow students to work independently in an
inclusive environment; Clicker 5, a writing
support and multimedia tool that enables
children to write with whole words, phrases
or pictures; and Wordshark 4 software to
teach and reinforce reading and spelling, all
for general use.
During Term 2 we enjoyed three full-
day workshops provided by Doug Moran
Photography. Students eagerly participated
in these sessions and enjoyed developing
new skills using digital photographic equip-
ment supplied for the day. Participants took
some outstanding photographs.
Staff and students have also recently
attended cyber safety information sessions,
an important area for continued emphasis.
Yirara College acknowledges and thanks
colleagues in sister schools of the Lutheran
system who provide collegial support and
advice as we continue to seek new opportu-
nities to further support English as a second
language learners and English as an addi-
tional language learners through the use of
new and exciting technologies.
Rebecca Qualischefski is Director of Teach-
ing and Learning at Yirara College of the
Finke River Mission, Alice Springs, NT.
For career development at Yirara College,
the use of computers, the internet and spe-
cific programs is essential.
While learning a range of skills in the
ICT area, the students easily engage with
the content of the course. We use Career
Voyage software by JIIG-CAL (Job Ideas
and Information Generator -- Computer
Assisted Learning) Australia as an integral
part of the career mapping process so that
each student can create their own profile
and work through a series of questions
relating to work and work environment.
The end result of this work is that each
student has a profile, an action plan and a
resumé that can be updated as they each
progress through their own career develop-
ment jou rney.
In conjunction with this , the students
pa rticipate in a variety of workshops,
research activities, work experience, and
other aptitude exercises, and each main-
tains a lea rning journal. All of this infor-
mation is documented in a PowerPoint
presentation which is printed out to create
Anita Synnott is Pathways Coordinator at
Yirara College of the Finke River Mission ,
Alice Springs, NT.
In the classroom
My students regularly use ICT in the class-
room. We use Microsoft Word to publish
our classroom work as well as things like
inserting borders and pictures -- with some
students using the internet. In science, stud-
ies of society and environment and English
we've been using Inspiration, visual map-
ping, outlining, writing and presentation
software distributed in Australia by Edsoft,
to create flow charts and mind maps about
a range of topics. Students have enjoyed the
opportunity to be creative and individualise
They've also used the interactive white-
board to complete quizzes, vote in online
polls, browse websites and watch ABC
Television's Behind the News. Students are
very excited about technology and enjoy
learning new skills.
Andrew Casey is Acade mic Level
Coordinator at Yirara College of the Finke
Rive r Mission, Alice Springs, NT.
Pictured, previous pages, the Finke River,
NT, and Yirara College students using a
variety of technologies.
Each student has a profile,
an action plan and a
resumé that can be updated
as they each progress
through their own career
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