In the world of the 21st Century we are constantly bombarded with a million times more information than our ancestors ever conceived of and the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. Relevant technology with appropriate teacher guidance can help us to separate the gold from the grass.
The flexibility of the Pathways building design is complemented by Information Age technology which is a learning tool for the student, a teaching tool to the teacher and the curriculum. Secondary School students have laptops. This flexibility is particularly valuable within the classroom or laboratory where seating plans and furniture distribution change constantly to reflect the multiple needs of the curriculum. The school server maintains a broadband connection throughout the 365 days of the year, giving each student continuous (monitored) access via the school’s intranet to the resources of the Internet. The essence of Anywhere-Anytime learning is that it is exactly what it says it is. Information can be accessed out of class hours and questions arising can be referred to the teacher when appropriate. Our reporting system is computerised and parents will be able to track their children’s progress on the Internet.
Technology has its place in every curricular subject. Our Science laboratories, for instance, are specially equipped for computer simulation of dangerous experiments. Less predictably, perhaps, there is a wealth of relevant software available for such subjects as Languages and Music. All students have access to a Design Technology Studio, equipped to industrial standards, in which they can pursue individual projects with the support and advice of visiting experts. The best of these experiments could well lead to commercially viable products even while the student is at school. The superbly equipped Library-Media Centre includes a Distance-Learning Studio for access to a wealth of curriculum and teaching from some of the best universities in the world. Pathways is developing an extensive CD Rom library and there are Reprographics Centres in each academic building. As at a university, facilities such as the Media Centre are open well into the evening.