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'Blended learning' lures Head of Microsoft Korea

    The ‘blended learning’ approach of technology in education at Saint Stephen’s College recently attracted a high profile visit from the Education Lead of Microsoft Korea, Mr Jemin Chun.

    Mr Chun said Saint Stephen’s College was one of only two schools chosen as part of a brief ‘tour of innovative schools in Australia’.

    His said, in particular the use of the BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) by students was impressive and ‘best practice’ in innovative education.

    The College’s Director of eLearning, Peter West, says the College is seen by many as a leader in technology enhanced education.

    “This reputation is growing nationally and internationally,” said Mr West.

    “Mr Chun brought with him the CEO of a Korean educational technology company. They were in Australia for a brief visit to discuss technology enhanced education at Microsoft headquarters in Sydney. They also wanted to visit some innovative schools, and Saint Stephen’s College was one of only two schools chosen.”

    “Our high profile visitors spent an afternoon touring the College facilities. The visit included time with Year 6 students and teachers to discuss the 21CLD project - a project we have been running all year that uses international research to develop real 21st Century skills.”

    “They left impressed with the quality of our programmes, our planned, sequential and focused approach, and our future plans. It is reassuring when people who have experience with a large number of schools and other educational environments, and who understand technology and how it can improve education, endorse our efforts.”

    Mr West says the goal is to prepare students at Saint Stephen’s College for the modern world, and to supplement academics and co-curricular activities with the ability to operate comfortably with a range of modern skills.

    “We are on track,” he said.

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