In this video you see the LearningField experience of St Patrick’s College at Ballarat: a catholic school in regional Victoria in the Edmund Rice tradition. Here we understand the school’s core values, how they are choosing to navigate a changing teaching landscape and what has been useful and excited them about using LearningField.
St Patrick’s is a school with a focus on faith, tradition, excellence and joy. In navigating the evolving learning landscape they were looking for ways to shift to digital textbooks as a way to replace the physical books in backpacks and manage the issue of lost books. In a digital product they wanted an easy log-in process which works every time. The school wanted to speed up the time spent in class getting students working and reduce the number of items students needed to bring to class.
The value of the choice offered by LearningField is clearly apparent in the St. Patrick’s experience. The Deputy Headmaster of Teaching and Learning, Stephen Hill, sees LearningField’s greatest strength in its ability to supply resources from a variety of publishers to meet the text-based needs in all subject areas. Teachers talk of the extra resources giving more options and pathways for the different needs of their students. Teacher Mitchell Leviston favours the choice of multiple resources within LearningField against the model of using a single textbook.
The school also talks about how LearningField is driving student engagement. Teacher Jennifer Casey explains how LearningField gives students more control over their learning experience and how teachers can provide options to cater for the differing needs of their students. Students see LearningField as an easier and quicker way to access their textbooks. Teacher Jaime Lynn talks of the boys being engaged in their own learning and seeking out more knowledge. Stephen Hill is seeing how LearningField is building relations between the boys and their teachers, impacting on their learning and improving academic outcomes.
Towards the end of the video Julia Petrov, Head of the Kelty Resource Centre, speaks of the excitement she feels on seeing the students really engaged.
This is why we do LearningField. Enjoy the video.