The staff at West Ryde Public School are changing the ways students learn both inside and outside the classroom. Teachers are moving away from the 'talk and chalk' from yesteryear and are developing skills of innovation and critical thinking through student centred learning projects. All students from K-4 have access to iPads which are used within the classroom to enhance a range of different lessons, possible thanks to the very supportive Parents and Citizens (P&C) who purchased 30 iPads for the children to use throughout the school. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) was successfully introduced in Stage 3 several years ago and has subsequently changed the way these students are learning. Due to the success of the program, we have invited Year 4 students to participate in the BYOD program from 2016. Students are engaged in quality learning activities and have the opportunity to access a deeper knowledge base at a much greater speed. The continued use of technology in the classroom gives our students the best opportunity to develop 21st century learning skills such as creativity, critical thinking, quality research skills, entrepreneurial skills and top down processing skills.
In addition, each classroom is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB). This allows all children in the school to be taught using the latest technology available.