Helen Spanos, the Digital Pedagogies Coach at Algester State School, leads the way in digital learning at the school, helping improve student learning outcomes and gaining the support of the wider community.
Helen is prolific, regularly producing curriculum guides, formative assessment materials, teacher resources, spreadsheets of student progress, iTunes courses, fortnightly iMemos, online presentations …the list goes on.
“The work that she does impacts the students not only in her class but the entire school”, Principal Colin Torr says.
An early adopter of digital pedagogies, she coaches her fellow teachers one day a week in this field of expertise, altering the level of support according to their individual needs and using a variety of methods. Online resources provide access to her work for teachers 24/7.
She leads workshops for parents and teachers in the use of iPads and apps. The use of technology has helped communication between staff and parents. An example of this is the sharing of student assessment tasks using a class app.
Helen established a group of students known across the school as iAssistants, who trouble-shoot classroom iPads’ issues. She also assists by running workshops with Apple Education for teachers of other schools.
“As we become part of the Apple Distinguished School family it is anticipated that Helen will represent the school at even more Apple Education events at sites across the state and even the nation. She will lead a workshop at this year’s iEducate Conference and likely present many other such events.” Colin says.
Congratulations Helen on your nomination.