Our students are the first generation to have grown up

with digital tools at their fingertips and they are content creators

Students use ICT to meet, play and learn. They will face unknown challenges and technologies in the future and they need the skills to think creatively, innovate, solve problems and engage with new disciplines. To be progressive, we need to understand our new generation of learners.

The College’s approach to technology acknowledges that it is like any other tool – it is how it is used that determines its success. As a College, to ensure we are catering for this new generation of learners, we are investing in developing technology-based pedagogies as a priority and creating exciting opportunities for innovative teaching and learning. There has been an evolution from the traditional approach to teaching, which was predominately based on learning theory, rather than the application of it. Students develop ICT competence when they learn to investigate, create, operate and communicate with ICTs, and apply appropriate social and ethical protocols and practices to its management.

In the Primary Years we place great significance on the use of digital technologies within our lessons and unit development, to support students’ academic engagement.

  • Our classrooms are equipped with interactive SMART® boards, agile tinkering corners, prototyping hubs and are supported by state-of-the-art Robotics and computer laboratories. Students also access, via their personal devices, various e-learning platforms including Maths Pathways, Mathletics, Bug Club, Brain Pop and Literacy Planet to name but a few. The College supports staff to obtain qualifications of global certification including: Google Certified Educator, Apple Distinguished Educator and Microsoft Innovator.
  • Sheldon College’s Learning Innovation for a new Queensland (LINQ) Precinct is home to the Business, Media and Technologies Faculties. The programs developed in the LINQ Precinct are designed to work as an umbrella of learning across all areas of study and focus on the development of 21st Century skills.
  • Within the LINQ Precinct, the MakerSpace immerses students in hands-on projects that spark their inquisitiveness, promotes fearless thinking and builds a desire for innovation. The program alternates between tinkering activities and workflow instruction, integrated mechanics, electronics and coding.
  • In the ArtScapes Centre, the Learning Galaxy is a multi-use space with a 6 metre wide, interactive touchscreen display (the Prendi Wall) and a flexible space dedicated to Art displays and various classroom teaching and learning configurations.

“We are preparing students for jobs that do not exist, using technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems of which we are not yet aware.”

Mrs Vanessa Noonan, Head of Digital Pedagogy and Innovation

As a part of the College’s overall ICT & Digital Pedagogy strategy, all students in Years 1, 2 and 3, are issued with a College supplied iPad as part of the 1:1 iPad Program. The iPads have enabled us to achieve learning outcomes in the classroom that we have not been able to do as effectively with other resources. By incorporating iPads alongside traditional and hands-on methods of teaching, we allow students to become more effective collaborators, risk-takers, inventors, creators and ultimately prepare them for a future in a 21st-Century world.

As students move into Year 4, they bring their own laptop to College as part of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Sheldon College has partnered with JB HiFi to provide parents access to purchase BYOD devices through a customised online portal.

We are excited to be walking alongside you and your child as you step into the next phase of their learning journey and discover with us the benefits of incorporating digital technologies and e-learning into the classrooms at Sheldon College.

"Information and communication technologies transform the ways that students think and learn and give them greater control over how, where and when they learn."

Mr Murray James, Director of ICT​​