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Changing the face of learning

By Robert Barakat on 11 May 2017Partner School StoriesNSWstaffroom

An Atomi partner school story: St Mark’s Catholic College.

The challenge

St Mark’s Catholic College, under the leadership of Principal Peter Webster and Director of Pedagogy and Learning Mark de Vries, has become an innovative learning environment where students work collaboratively, are connected and develop enterprise thinking skills.

"We must equip young people with the capacity to think, solve problems, and respond to and flourish within a changing society."
— Peter Webster, Principal

After deep research into the flipped learning pedagogy and a willingness to completely innovate, the school entered into a partnership with Atomi in 2015.

"What we needed was a reliable bank of resources to deliver the flipped program."
— Mark De Vries, Director of Learning and Pedagogy

Strategy

Atomi videos allow learning at St Mark’s to be personalised, supportive and to break beyond the boundaries of the 9am-3pm school day. With constant support for teachers and students, Atomi was integrated to complement the initiatives already working in the school such as Google Classroom and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

Using the Google Classroom app to construct lessons, Atomi videos function as the core element of content delivery around which teachers have added other resources, lesson planning and worksheets to promote learning.

"We’ve been using it here for over a year now and I honestly wouldn’t teach year 12 any other way."
— Lisa Kalocsai, HSIE Team Leader

Impact

At St Mark’s Catholic College, the flipped learning pedagogy is working to full effect. The majority of departments are allocating Atomi lessons to students each week as the ‘pre-work’ in their wider learning experience and using class time to focus on developing understanding under the direction of skilled teachers.

St Mark's experienced a 147 place increase in their school rank from 2015 to 2016

Flipped learning - St Mark's Catholic College and Atomi

  • School type: Catholic Independent
  • Established: 2007
  • Students: 901
  • Teaching staff: 71

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