TGS Named Microsoft Gold School3rd November 2020
We are excited to announce that Toowoomba Grammar School has been officially recognised as one of only eleven schools in Australia and the only one in Queensland to be named a Microsoft Surface Gold School, setting a higher standard in digital learning and literacy.
As such, we are now a member of an exclusive community of Australian schools that are using Microsoft’s Surface devices in highly innovative ways and are committed to a future-focused learning environment. It also means we are actively supporting our students by giving them the practical tools and skills they need to thrive in the workforce of the future.
As part of this recognition, we will also be receiving ongoing support and assistance from Microsoft’s education and technology experts and we are part of a global Microsoft community of leading digital schools.
Toowoomba Grammar School teachers, Mr Michael Cocks, Mr Clinton Owen and Mr Paul Barton have all been recognised as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and will be contribute to the worldwide program of sharing ideas, trying new approaches and learning from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology.
We are proud to be a Microsoft Surface Gold School and look forward to offering our students the best technology available to ensure they have the brightest future possible.
What sets us apart?
Rather than a BYOD policy, at Toowoomba Grammar School all students from Prep to Year 10 are provided with either iPads, laptops or state-of-the art Microsoft surface pro laptops, depending on their level. Text-books are uploaded to the devices, negating the need to carry heavy books all day and providing students with access to their work, anytime, anywhere (that internet is available). We have an on-site dedicated IT Department that can assist students with any IT problems immediately.
All lessons are taught using OneNote and both staff and students use digital inking during the lessons. We are one of the only schools in Australia to use Interactive Flat Panels and whiteboard desktops as a daily teaching tool which assists with student engagement through collaborative learning by actually linking the students’ devices to the IFPs. Our lessons can also be recorded and viewed at a later date which is ideal for revision or student absences.
The use of Immersive Reader across Office products allows the boys to have sections of text read out to them, including their own work. This is particularly important in boy’s education who often struggle in interpreting text and struggle to edit their own work.
We also use “Teams” which enabled our staff to deliver lessons virtually to students with minimal disruptions to teaching programs during COVID shut down. We had the advantage of running a normal school day but at home.