Aberfoyle Park High School is recognised an Apple Distinguished School (2013 to 2015). The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments. The selection of our school as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic achievement.
Our core business is to ensure that our students are engaged and able to learn to a high standard. Utilising technology assists in achieving this aim. The application of ICT in education at APHS refers to an array of technologies that are applied in a variety of ways, not to a single approach. ICT is used in a diversity of ways at Aberfoyle Park High School and can be best described under three main headings:
All Year 8, 9 and 10 students have their own iPad purchased by parents ensuring that all students have an iPad 24/7. We have in excess of 880 Apple computers across the school. We also have a number of high-end ICT labs which run industry standard software like Final Cut, Sibelius, Adobe and Autodesk suites.
Innovative and rigorous curriculum is the name of the game and teachers at APHS utilise iTunes U, iBook’s Author and a variety of other applicable Apps and programs. With support from our Apple Distinguished Educator, Mr Michael Cowling, our teachers have ongoing support in the design of 21st century courses that further enable 24/7 learning for our students. Parents are also supported through evening introductory classes and can easily check attendance and homework through our Daymap Parent Portal.
APHS has invested significantly to ensure that our ICT infrastructure can accommodate the ever-increasing technological demands of education in the 21st century. We have redesigned a number of rooms in the school to facilitate 21st century teaching and learning and these are known as our e-Learning commons. The e-Learning Commons provide flexible space, modern, adaptable furniture access to pods of MacBooks, short throw data projectors, and apple TV and/or interactive whiteboards.
The school has particular strengths in the area of Information & Communication Technology and provides cutting edge development and learning opportunities for students and staff alike. All teachers have a MacBook Air and an iPad and significant professional development has been provided to enable teachers to utilize these as learning tools.
Across the school we have short throw data projectors, and/or large screen TV’s, Apple TV’s and/or interactive whiteboards to further facilitate embedding IT into teaching and learning. We have a robust wifi network that can accommodate 1000s of devices and we have a program of continual development that keeps us future proof. In addition to our substantial and effective wireless network, we have a very strong network core that is constantly updated to be able to keep up with the high demand that our ICT rich classrooms demand.