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tive culture that has been established at
Parkhu rst State School in Rockhampton,
Queensland. The school's vision is to embed
ICT within the cu rriculum across the board.
Parkhurst has two big ideas underpinning
its vision: connectedness and citizenship.
Microsoft has supported the refining of
the school's vision and beliefs, while devel-
oping staff capacity in the area of person-
alised learning, connectedness, citizenship,
sustainability and student voice. Teachers
access professional learning from renowned
educators through virtual universities,
online learning, face-to-face forums, and
networks and partnerships they've devel-
oped that promote interdependence.
The school's classrooms are evolving,
with a clear focus on architecture, tech-
nology and furniture. In 2010, Parkhu rst
opened Zone 21, a centre for learning any-
time, anyhow, anywhere with anything and
provides flexibility for staff and learners
to configure it as their learning requires.
It contains a one-to -one computer centre,
seminar rooms for collaboration, a tiered-
seating cinema for 100 and a resource cen-
tre which has a clear focus on reading and
information, not storage. All furniture is
mobile and can be relocated in minutes.
Zone 21 attracted much national atten-
tion, as well as a regional Master Builders'
Award for its innovative, contemporary
design and vision.
Parkhurst's learners have access to a wide
range of technologies including robotics,
bee-bots, tablets, slates, laptops, exergaming
devices for smart moves and literacy, ebook
readers, learner response systems, interactive
whiteboards, digital cameras, microphones
and microscopes. Parkhurst staff and stu-
dents live and breathe the future, acknowl-
edging that we're already one-tenth of the
way through the 21st century. T
Pictured, students from Dallas Primary
School and Kindergarten use voic e-
recording software and filmmaking to
create oral presentations.
For more on Microsoft's Innovative
Mentor Schools and Pathfinder Schools,
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