Homeland iPads help teachers and Yolŋu students
Apple has loaned iPads to teachers and students of four government schools on the Gove Peninsula.
The tech giant has advanced the devices to benefit Yolŋu students and their teachers, including Yuṯa Marŋgikunhami — the homeland schools’ new educators.
Yirrkala Homelands School principal Haidee Dentith said the iPads have fast-tracked administrative tasks, such as timesheet completions and attendance roll calls, and improved teaching and learning outcomes.
“Previously, timesheets and attendance roll calls were filled in manually and hand delivered to Yirrkala — now they are emailed,” she said.
“And the iPads are being used to share teaching methods and students’ assessments with other teachers, and resolve connectivity issues involving isolated senior students.
“Because of the virus we suspended our intensive senior years’ workshops to prevent students from congregating.
“Now teachers are using iPad video calls to link with these students at seven of the eight Homeland Learning Centres.”
The multifunctional devices are equipped with iMessage, FaceTime, Skype and Microsoft Teams.
Ms Dentith said the iPads, which are being used from FaFT to Year 12, are finding applications inside and outside classrooms.
“The iPads have quickly become a tool that students and educators use confidently in the classroom, and in Learning on Country activities outside the classroom.”