Toowoomba Grammar School transforms teaching and learning, prepares boys for life after school2nd December 2021
Toowoomba Grammar School is proud to be recognised as being a world leader in technology in education by global company, Microsoft.
Microsoft has commended TGS’ initiatives and forward thinking in an article on their website. Here’s an excerpt.
When Jayson Mullins joined Toowoomba Grammar School as Director of Information Technology in early 2019, he had a clear strategy in mind.
He was appointed to modernise the digital landscape of the School, delivering technology to help prepare young men for the working world they would enter at the end of their school years.
The Queensland-based school was established in 1875, and currently has around 1,190 boys enrolled in Prep to Year 12, including around 300 boarders. That creates an additional requirement, says Mullins – the school’s technology needs to work around the clock.
With learning equity a priority at the School, a prime focus for Mullins has been phasing out the BYOD laptop program and introducing school supplied laptops.
Adopting a pedagogical lens to the selection of the laptops, Mullins and the School’s data assurance engineer, Matthew Dalamaras, determined that they wanted to deploy laptops that supported digital inking to allow a ‘digital slate’ style of note taking. The School also needed a device powerful enough to run heavy applications such as those required by the digital technologies faculty, lightweight for students to carry, and easy to convert from laptop to tablet to make best use of the digital inking. The Surface devices were selected as the most suitable.
In 2020, the School adopted the Microsoft ecosystem as its preferred platform rather than Google Suite. Class Teams were created, and staff migrated their lesson plans to OneNote. The timing was perfectly aligned with the online learning requirements that surfaced with the pandemic.