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Penrith Christian School - NSW Australia

 

Penrith Christian School is an Independent Christian Preparatory to Year 12 School, offering parents the option of one decision, one school. "We are a Ministry of ImagineNations Church and have an enviable reputation for achieving excellence in a wide range of curriculum areas, including academia, sport, and the creative arts".



EA014 Speakers in Penrith Christian SchoolYear 4 sat there eagerly awaiting their turn to answer the comprehension puzzle on their new Interactive Whiteboard. The enthusiasm on their faces and their eagerness to participate in the lesson was amazing to watch, the children were literally jumping out of their seats to have a go.

“It has only been installed for a couple of months, but the kids love it” says Kylie Hutchinson, year 4 teacher at Penrith Christian School.

Up to the board they ran and arranged the words back in to the sentences like it was second nature. More importantly, they were enjoying the learning process and were actively encouraging and supporting one another right throughout the lesson.

Mid lesson saw the students play an online game called ‘Stop the Clock.’ This was a great break from comprehension, it kept the students enthused as they each came up in pairs to try and get the best time at organizing the digital vs. analogue clocks (see the picture). www.teachingtime.co.uk

Finally it was on to spelling. Mrs Hutchinson quickly drew some impromptu scenarios on the interactive board and then had the students suggest the best word to describe the scenario. The person who got it correct then had an opportunity to write the word on the board and explain to the class the meaning of the word.

“I constantly look for interactive activities to integrate into the curriculum.” Said Mrs Hutchinson. “I don’t use it in every lesson, but because they love it so much, I love using it.”

The students retired at the end of the lesson for lunch, eager to go and play - not that it appeared all too differently during the lesson.

It is easy to see, putting the technology in the right hands certainly has the students truly involved in the lesson and loving the learning!

Some of the Resources used during the lesson:
Springboard to Comprehension: www.macmillan.com.au
Beat the Clock: www.teachingtime.co.uk

About the School:

Penrith Christian School is an Independent Christian Preparatory to Year 12 School, located in a semi secluded relaxed setting just outside of Penrith near the M4 Freeway in Orchard Hills, New South Wales, Australia. Set on 12.5 Hectares, the state of the art school offers a wide range of curriculum areas, including academia, sport, and the creative arts. www.pcs.nsw.edu.au

The Interactive classroom equipment was provided by TwoTouch Ltd with TwoTouch interactive whiteboads and Edis audio systems

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