Apps engage kids in learning

SCHOOL technology resources got the speed dating treatment when teachers from 20 primary and high schools in greater western Sydney converged to share information about the apps they use in class.

Willmot Public School's assistant principal Damian Fenley attended the event, held at Quakers Hill Public School on Wednesday.

Mr Fenley's interest in augmented reality app Aurasma is part of a joint project with the University of Western Sydney and Department of Education.

"Aurasma has the capacity for you to take a device, hold it in front of anything, and after you upload the information children could hold it in front of, for example, a tree, and information will overlay what they are looking at," he said.

"It's about engaging kids."

Quakers Hill Public School principal Bert Lo Campo said the event gave schools the opportunity to share resources and ideas.

Teachers at separate stations were given three minutes to share information about their chosen apps with individual colleagues before they rotated to the next table in the room.

"Technology is evolving so quickly," he said.

"All schools are doing something unique, they're all using different apps and different programs and initiatives.

"This is about sharing the wealth of knowledge that is within the schools.

"We can't know or buy every app that's out there, and we certainly can't trial every app that's out there, but when we've got 20 schools that are presenting something different, that's 20 ideas you get in the one hit."

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