A significant component of our College’s

Edu-tech ecosystem is our Apple Infrastructure


Sheldon College is pleased to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2020–2022 as it continues to lead and innovate in infrastructure, programs, resources and facilities that support students in a vibrant learning environment. 

A significant component of our College’s Edu-tech ecosystem is our Apple Infrastructure. The College’s iPad Program for Early Learning through to Year 3, is complemented by the Years 4 to 12 self-managed device program. A range of dedicated industry-specific Apple computer labs, iPads across different faculties, and interactive technologies within our ArtScapes and LINQ Precinct Facilities, allows our teachers to pioneer their practice. 

Sheldon College’s innovative curriculum places a strong emphasis on students being exposed to authentic practices and skills that can later serve more complex endeavours. As a result, students can investigate whether life could be sustained on Mars by travelling to a virtual Mars environment. Other students combat energy poverty across the world by designing and manufacturing non-toxic lighting solutions. Students build their social enterprise linked to industries such as health, aged-care and the environment. Through the use of virtual and augmented reality our students model medical stents and their placement within human and animal anatomical systems. Our students launch their ambition to study Aviation by creating their own drone to deliver medical equipment. With the careful implementation of Apple technologies, inconceivable learning is achieved across the College from our early learning programs right through to our senior classrooms.

The Sheldon College Apple Distinguished School Multi-Touch Book features 7 Chapters about the College's use of Apple technologies, with videos showcasing our Learning Spaces, Student Learning and Teaching Evidence. Examples of which, have been shared below. Sheldon College as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. 

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LEARNING SPACES


LINQ PRECINCT LEARNING AND INNOVATION FOR A NEW QUEENSLAND

Sheldon College’s Learning environments, a new realm of learning, brings together our physical and digital environments. The innovation in these spaces is not defined by the bricks and mortar but defined by the convergence of educators, industry, partnership, technological infrastructure and research. Envisioning the College’s ideal environment for learning was confirmed here at Sheldon College as early as 2015 with the unveiling of the LINQ Precinct. The LINQ Precinct, with robotics, artificial intelligence, engineering and rapid prototyping lab, business and incubator hubs, an industry-standard film and television studio and accompanying editing suites, provides a stimulating, energising, agile and proactive educational experience for students from Prep through to Year 12. The foundations and framework underpinning the College’s LINQ Precinct were driven by the need to meet the demands and requirements of our rapidly changing society.   

Student Learning


EARLY YEARS GROWING YOUNG LEARNERS WITH NEW TOOLS AND MATERIALS 

Mrs Toni Brook: Academic Staff - Preparatory is both a Preparatory Teacher and Sheldon College Parent. Toni has been a teacher at the College since 2004 and has seen it grow to where it is today. Toni shares the role of learning with technologies in education, particularly in the early years at Sheldon College. Toni works collaboratively, coaching Early Learning staff on ways they can leverage technology, pedagogy and space to promote wonder, curiosity and awe in the early learning years.   

MIDDLE COLLEGE LEARNING WITH AUGMENTED REALITY  

Mr Chris Niven: Head of Faculty - Mathematics Years 7-9 is an advocate for creating active and engaging pedagogy and curriculum in the area of Mathematics. He is passionate about sharing his love of Mathematics with his Middle Years’ students inspiring them to be motivated; to challenge themselves; and to develop self-efficacy for their studies in Mathematics. Chris holds a leadership position within the College, leading pedagogy and coaching staff to explore the transformative role technology plays in reshaping curriculum. His goal is to work with teachers to assist students to bring Mathematics alive through the inclusion of technology.

SENIOR COLLEGE FOSTERING FUTURE PROGRAMMERS WITH SWIFT UI 

Mrs Vanessa Noonan: Dean - LINQ Academy, Head of Digital Pedagogy and Innovation, Apple Teacher, takes great pride in delivering learning experiences that inspire and empower her students. Challenging herself as an educator to be upskilled in industry-standard coding and programming allows Vanessa to lead the digital technologies and senior digital solution subjects across the College.  Vanessa couples her teaching responsibility with a dynamic role, leading the Digital Pedagogies portfolio at the College.   

TEACHING EVIDENCE


INDUSTRY PROGRAMS IN FILM AND TELEVISION

Mr Murray James: Director of ICT, Apple Teacher, has forged collaborative partnerships with Universities, Industry and Sheldon Alumni students to bring the latest research and technological tools to his Film, Television and New Media subject area. Murray provides opportunities for students and his colleagues to bridge the gap between the subject context and the real-world. In conjunction with his teaching role, Murray James leads the development and implementation of ICT Services, interactive media and state-of-the-art learning facilities at Sheldon College.

UNLOCKING STUDENT CREATIVE SKILLSETS IN THE ARTS  

Ms Julianne Moore: Head of Faculty - The Arts, is passionate about learning – learning about learning, learning how she learns and learning about how her students learn. She believes every student is a supernova waiting to happen and is committed to measuring the impact of her teaching through technologies. Julianne makes creative thinking visible through technology and kick starts this journey with her music classes.

FOSTERING STUDENT VOICE AND MULTIMODAL LEARNING 

Mr Anthony Sharp: Academic Staff - Year 5, a dedicated Year 5 Humanities and English classroom teacher, advocates that ICT supports creativity, increases collaboration, promotes greater engagement, and provides a rich conceptual understanding for his students. Anthony believes that for most learners, young and old, it is easier to see and hear something than have it explained to you. For our kinaesthetic and visual learners; Mixed Reality offers the opportunity to be taken out of the classroom environment and dropped into an immersive experience that is not practical in a classroom setting.