“The speed to which our staff were put at ease with what could, to some, seem to be very daunting task was a testament to the facilitators knowledge and skills. Definitely the most positive feedback of any professional development opportunity of the past few years here at the College. Staff are already asking for more!”
Evan Woollam, General Coordinator of Teaching and Learning, St Pauls Catholic
We have felt like each session has been perfectly tailored to our circumstances. Phill has changed mindsets and broadened the horizons of our staff.
Simon Herd, Head of Middle School. St Philips Port Stephens, NSW
Beyond Chalk offers more than a series of workshops, they offer advice, support and help stimulate discussion towards the use of innovative technology in schools. Phill ignited a passion in our staff to engage our students through the use of technology. Thank you Beyond Chalk for igniting the fire!!!!!
Angela Ashley, Learning Support Coordinator. Mosman Church of England Preparatory School, NSW
Beyond Chalk left us with very pertinent strategies on how we manage the mental state of staff as we implement a 1 to 1 strategy with technology.
Annette Cinnamond, Director of Human Resources. St Peters College, NSW
Definitely the most positive feedback for any professional development opportunity ever run here at College. Staff are already asking for more!
Evan Woollam, General Coordinator of Teaching and Learning. St Pauls Catholic College, NSW
I am a technophobe but these sessions have changed my attitude and my teaching – I now know that I CAN DO IT!
Marnie Engel, Classroom Teacher. Penrith Christian College, NSW
Throw out all of our boring inservices and give us more of this stuff!
John Ribaldi, Dean of Students. Australian Technical College, NSW
I feel empowered and juiced! This was the most brilliant inservice I have been to in 29 years of teaching!
Julie Zwar, Learning Coordinator. Mosman Preparatory, NSW
Since your visits, staff have discussed ICT usage more in staff rooms, staff have been very proactive in asking about different programs; blogs and downloads have become a part of the regular vernacular; most significantly, people have gained confidence.
Chris O’Sullivan. Covenant Christian School, NSW
Since Phill’s arrival, I have noticed a marked improvement in the enthusiasm and creativity of teachers. They are no longer afraid of mediums such as podcasting and moviemaking but are actively preparing lessons for next year around those topics. Phill’s input has been invaluable in creating this confidence and enthusiasm and we would be very keen to use him again next year.
James Muldowney, Professional Development Coordinator. Holy Spirit College Lakemba, NSW
I enjoyed the respectful way the facilitator worked with the group. I also enjoyed the prospect of doing the practical workshops.
Max. Templestowe College
I’m very excited about learning more! These technologies would be fantastic for us in matching our teens needs to “be cool” and their learning stages. Give me more!
Melissa, Marnebek School
The sessions were informative, practical and showed a clear relationship to classroom practice. With the value of the sessions already held and the prospect of more sessions and more topics becoming available, we would certainly recommend Beyond Chalk sessions to other schools.
Sean Bennett, Deputy Principal. Narangba Valley State high School
It was very relevant and I’ve started to think of applications or possibilities in the classroom straightaway!
Louise, St Leonard’s College.
The Beyond Chalk sessions were a fantastic introduction to modern forms of communication. I was impressed with the ease by which we could produce high quality materials in a very short space of time. The skills learnt were certainly transferable to a wide variety of applications. In all, a very enjoyable time!
David Hoskins, HOD ICT. Elanora State High School
The Beyond Chalk presentation to our school was most engaging for staff members as it catered for a wide range of experience levels. The fact that over 75% of participants indicated their willingness to complete follow-up workshops is evidence of this engagement and reflects the professional standard of presentation.
Steve Wilson, Deputy Principal. Wynnum North State High School
The best thing for us was a sense of engagement, staff were able to collaborate with each other and the facilitator, to learn skills, talk and realise that technology is not too scary. The sessions were fun, skills based, linked to the classroom and provided opportunity to follow up.
Anthony. Carwatha College
Tori Potts was the Beyond Chalk representative that assisted staff and students during the four week ALE at St Michael’s College earlier this year. Her involvement certainly led to the experience being a positive one, as Tori was able to offer constructive advice from the first meeting onwards, which enabled staff and students to get the most out of the experience. Her caring approach and professionalism led to our students to develop a very trusting and secure relationship with Tori very quickly; therefore, they were able to engage fully in the well structured activities that she organised for them. Tori set high expectations for all students and was able to provide demonstrations that all students, in our mixed-ability class, were able to access.
Staff at the college found her input to be both valuable and supportive when discussing various pedagogical approaches to fulfil specified student learning outcomes. She certainly dedicated a lot of time, and patience, to ensure staff felt confident in what they were doing, and how it would benefit the students. Towards the end of the ‘experience’ we organised a ‘celebration of learning’ for students and parents to attend. This also provided us with the opportunity raise awareness of the Macbook programme to our wider community. Tori was able to provide support and advice about the content and structure of the event, and we were very pleased that she was also able to attend, meet our parents and answer
Ian Roberts Head of Middle Schooling St Michael’s College