Local Heroes & Case Studies

IMPACT Local Heroes - Peak Crossing State School - March 2017

Sam Russell with IMPACT students at Peak Crossing State School
 
Peak Crossing State School is a huge supporter of the IMPACT Centre’s online programs. Located near Ipswich in South East Region’s Scenic Rim, the school aims to deepen student learning and lift Upper 2 Band achievement.

Approximately 50 of the school’s 240 students will participate in 2017. Local IMPACT heroes include principal, Jennifer Fenwick and Web Conference Supervisor, Sam Russell.

“The IMPACT Centre programs are a significant part of our Investing for Success strategy,” said principal, Jennifer Fenwick. “It is well worth the investment because our students are highly engaged and our staff build capacity by learning IT skills and valuable strategies for teaching literacy and numeracy.”   

“I first saw the power of these programs at my previous school in Central Queensland. Participation in IMPACT Centre programs was a significant contributor to the school’s improved NAPLAN and A-E results. I was thrilled to find that Peak Crossing State School was already on board and highly recommend a long-term partnership with the IMPACT Centre to other schools.”

Web Conference Supervisor and Teacher-Aide Sam Russell said, “The students absolutely love this style of online learning. The opportunity to engage with an expert online teacher who can extend their thinking skills is very beneficial and the students seamlessly transfer their learning back to the general classroom.

“I am also benefiting from involvement in the Numeracy Squad alongside Chris McLellan, our STLaN. Together we are building our skills to make the most of this program for our students and school.”

Peak Crossing State School has enrolled in all three rounds in 2017 as follows:

  • Round 1 – Solve IT – U2B Numeracy Booster (2 groups - Year 3 and Year 5)
  • Round 2 – Mind Reader – U2B Reading Booster (2 groups - Year 2 and Year 4)
  • Round 3 – Solve IT – U2B Numeracy Booster (2 groups - Year 2 and Year 4)

IMPACT Local Heroes - Urangan State High School - March 2017

Brian Harrington & Helen Ripper with IMPACT Centre students at Urangan SHS, Hervey Bay
 
Urangan State High School in Hervey Bay (North Coast Region), is a long-time partner of the IMPACT Centre.
 
Our programs help the school offer literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and STEM programs to students across the year. Approximately 400 students have participated to date and their ages and ability levels vary.
 
The principal, Robin Rayner, is very supportive of the school’s involvement with online learning. The IMPACT Centre programs directly link to the school’s improvement agenda and Investing For Success (I4S) funds are used to cover participation costs.
 
Local heroes include Helen Ripper and Brian Harrington.
 
“Our students really look forward to their IMPACT Centre lessons each week,” said web conference supervisor, STLaN and local IMPACT hero, Helen Ripper.
 
“It’s very clear that students improve their literacy and numeracy skills through these programs, along with IT, collaboration and teamwork skills.  It has widened our students horizons and given them vital skills for use later in life. It’s a great experience for them and you can see the improvements by the end of the 12 weeks. Outcomes are measured by pre- and post-tests at the start and end of each course. Teachers obtain valuable resources and learn different ways to teach literacy and numeracy components. We have seen a massive improvement in NAPLAN 2016 data.”
 
Brian Harrington, HOD of Gifted and Talented and the school’s other IMPACT hero says, “It has widened our students horizons and given them vital skills for use later in life. Courses such as Coding and Critical Thinking are providing our most academic students with amazing extension opportunities that they often wouldn't get in a normal classroom. It gives them exposure to uniquely challenging and rewarding learning experiences. This is something which is really exciting to witness as the students progress through the course and learn new skills. The students are challenged, engaged and well supported by their teachers throughout the course.”
 
Urangan State High School has enrolled in all three rounds in 2017 as follows:
  • Round 1 – Just Write – U2B Booster x 1 group
  • Round 1 – Solve IT – U2B Booster x 1 group
  • Round 1 – READiscover – for students reading 2-3 years behind cohort age x 1 group
  • Round 2 – Coding – UNIFY extension program x 2 groups
  • Round 3 – READiscover – for students reading 2-3 years behind cohort age x 1 group
  • Round 3 – Critical Thinking - UNIFY extension program x 2 groups
 

IMPACT Local Heroes - Tagai College- April 2016
 
Tagai State College spans across the islands of the Torres Strait, encompassing 17 school campuses and a TAFE facility. The IMPACT Centre’s projects form part of the college’s strategy to boost student confidence in literacy and numeracy.
 
Kaylene Chippendale, the college’s Head of Teaching and Learning said, “A major benefit of these projects has been the confidence and connection aspect. It provides an opportunity to bring our students together across the island campuses through an online platform. Some of them are learning together for the first time and some are fortunate enough to join groups with students from other Queensland schools.”
 
“Our project students really look forward to their online classes each week and they thoroughly enjoy the interaction,” said Tagai’s Literacy and Numeracy Coach, Meiko Stephen.
 
“I can see the students building on their Writing and Numeracy skills each week. Their confidence has also soared with participating in a web conference and using the tools to navigate around the whiteboard. The students enjoy the interaction working in break out rooms with partners and benefit from the valuable feedback given by their online teacher.'
 
Rayna says, “Learning more about using different types of sentences in the Just Write class has really helped my writing”. Rusia feels that the Maths strategies used in Solve It class has improved his problem solving abilities and Jayden reports that he practises what he has learnt in IMPACT Classes back in the classroom.
 
 
IMPACT Local Heroes - Mansfield State High School - March 2016
 
Mansfield State High School joined the IMPACT Centre’s Projects in 2015. The school is located in Brisbane South in the Metropolitan Region. It is a high performing school, well-known for its traditions and impressive student outcomes and results.

Mrs Karen Tanks, Mansfield State High School Principal, said, “I saw how effective the IMPACT Centre’s projects were at my previous school. I arrived at Mansfield State High last year and was very keen to involve our students and staff.  Our students have benefited from the project and enjoyed the experience greatly. Every year we will try to extend the number of students so more become involved.”  

“I’m really excited about the Critical Thinking Gateway,” said Kevin Connell, Mansfield SHS Project Coordinator and English/Humanities teacher. “We currently have a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students involved in the Critical Thinking project in the first Round. Our plan is to utilise the Critical Thinking Gateway - a particular combination of IMPACT projects - to both challenge and extend our students' thinking and writing abilities.

These IMPACT projects are providing our most academic students with amazing opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise experience in a typical classroom setting, giving them exposure to uniquely challenging and rewarding learning experiences. This is something that I greatly value and I’m so excited to see the changes in the students as they progress through the lessons.”  

“It has also been very beneficial for me as a teacher to engage in both the online learning platform and the IMPACT Learning Framework that is used to facilitate the students’ engagement and learning. Through the combination of these two approaches, the delivery of each lesson is quite dynamic, combining very engaging stimuli with powerful pedagogy.

This is now the second year that I’ve been coordinating IMPACT and I increasingly find myself drawing on these two approaches in my own teaching. With these things in mind, I’m really looking forward to furthering the implementation of IMPACT at our school!”
 

IMPACT Local Heroes - MacGregor State School - February 2016

 
 
MacGregor State School has been part of the IMPACT Centre’s Projects since 2012. The school is large and diverse, with over 1000 students from many cultural backgrounds. It is located in Brisbane South near Garden City Shopping Centre in the Metropolitan Region.

Mr Mike Ennis, MacGregor State School Principal, said, “I am delighted with the extension learning opportunities provided to our high performing students by the IMPACT Centre.  Our students are challenged, engaged and well-supported by their teachers and parents.

“Enrichment is a big part of our school’s agenda and the IMPACT Centre Projects always play a key role in this for us,” said Mrs Chloe McShanag, MacGregor State School Enrichment Leader. “We give a range of students an opportunity across the year and it helps me provide the students with a real point of difference. We are really enjoying Critical Thinking in Round 1 and thrilled to be joining the new Danger Zone Project in Round 2 and Green Zone in Round 3. I’d also recommend the excursion to University of Queensland. It is a great day out!” 
 
IMPACT Local Heroes - Tannum Sands State High School - Feb 2016 
 
 
Tannum Sands State High School has been part of the IMPACT Centre’s Projects for the last three years. The school is located a short distance south of Gladstone in the Central Queensland Region.

“Our students thoroughly enjoy being involved and we highly recommend the projects to any school,” said Mrs Maxine Braithwaite, Tannum Sands SHS Project Coordinator. “We have a group each in Just Write and Critical Thinking for Round 1;  students then progress through to Legal Thinking and Philosophical Thinking as part of the Critical Thinking Gateway. We will also have a group undertake Write On in Round 3; all these opportunities are so exciting for our students!

“The material is presented in such a dynamic and engaging manner, working at a fast pace to expand and extend the students' knowledge and skills. The IMPACT Centre teachers are excellent facilitators, easily connecting with the students through the online classroom and course blogs and our students find the online learning environment easy to use; it has proven to be a most effective educational platform.”
 
 
IMPACT Case Study - Dunwich State School - November 2015

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Watch the case study of Dunwich State School with comments from staff and students. Hear student testimonials and stories of personal improvement. Listen to staff explain improvement to NAPLAN results and the connections that are made through technology.

 

IMPACT Case Study - Big Day Out - August 2015

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Listen to students give their comments about IMPACT Projects in 2015. The students talk about online learning and collaboration. This video was filmed at the 2015 Big Day Out, where students from around the state attended a day at the University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus) to connect about their learning.

 
 

IMPACT Case Study - Project 600 - How it all began

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‘Project 600 strategically creates a networked learning community. It deeply engages students in learning and boosts achievement in literacy and numeracy. It advances teaching and learning for the digital age through its sharing of the IMPACT Learning Framework and the ways in which this relates to the technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) conceptualisation. The review of relevant literature indicates that there is no other equivalent program in the world. Traditional barriers to student and professional learning such as access to expertise, quality digital resources and meaningful collaboration with peers are overcome. Importantly, this program is directly delivered to students, impacting on their confidence and achievement.’
 
A peer-reviewed paper on Project 600( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab )( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab )( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) ( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) ( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) ( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) ( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) ( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) ( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab )( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) ( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) ( http://research-hub.griffith.edu.au/display/ndcf0c66d96053049734e774166677bab ) was published by the Griffith University Research Hub and presented at the Australian Computers in Education Conference, Adelaide, 2014.
 
 

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Last updated
23 March 2017