Two weeks ago at BbWorld 2011, a group of brave souls got out of bed, in Vegas no less, to see a presentation given by Geoff Powell, Director of Learning Technology, from St. Hilda's all-girls K-12 school in Australia. One tweet from "atlantamayose" summed it up: "one of the best presentations i've ever seen. ever. geoff powell from australia on 1:1 ipads & Bb mobile at #bbworld11."
The St. Hilda's story is compelling for a couple of reasons. An open-entry, non-selective all-girls school, St. Hilda's on the Gold Coast, Australia, strives to be a world leader in primary and secondary education. All of the students are provided with leadership opportunities to develop their confidence, such as today's TEDx which features student sessions on topics as diverse as robots, good manners, and the need for a "Ginge Day" to help redheads have good self-image! Check out the site at http://www.sthildas.qld.edu.au/index.php?r=site/index&page=445
One thing is for sure: the introduction of mobile learning resources increased interaction and improved communication between students and their teachers, while engaging students more deeply and effectively with the course content.
Check out this video of two adorable St. Hilda's girls using Blackboard Mobile Learn on their iPads!
Download iSt. Hilda's, the first Blackboard Mobile Central K-12 app in the world, from the App Store, to see a map, listing of events, videos, images, news, and school directory.