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A Showcase of 21st Century Learning: Pymble Ladies’ College is Leading by Example

February 1, 2011 - 6 Comments

Pymble Ladies’ College is one of Australia’s premier private schools for girls from kindergarten to year 12 located on Sydney’s upper North Shore.  Last weekend, the College once again demonstrated how it’s a vanguard for change with the opening of the  new Senior School Centre – Kate Mason Building for year 11-12 students.

The Centre captures a new spirit of learning with innovative technology from Cisco that will engage students in an even more authentic way than they are accustomed to using. Specifically video and collaboration technology will enable students to reach out, interact, reflect on and respond to the world around them. 

The College has partnered with Cisco to showcase this 21st century learning environment and as the doors open this week for the first time, students will access a whole range of new technology-enabled learning content and tools that will help them develop the skills that support life-long learning..

With its partners iVision and Somerville Group, here’s a snapshot of why this centre is a showcase of Australian innovation in the world:

  • Cisco Show and Share  Teachers will build a highly secure library of learning content and create communities where students can share ideas and expertise.
  • Cisco TelePresence  has been implemented in the lecture theatre and the “Conference in the Round” of the Senior School Centre to connect students to educators and other students around Australia and sister schools around world.  
  • Cisco Unified Communications on Cisco Unified Computing System provides the College with the communication tools and resources for advanced voice services with telephony, paging, voicemail, applications for broadcast messaging and parental notification and more.  IT achieves lowered cost of ownership, increased agility and investment protection as these communication operations are virtualized on a next-generation integrated data centre system.
  • Cisco Digital Media Signage allows the College to easily and more effectively engage students with a variety of educational materials, ensure teachers and staff are up-to-date with necessary training, and deliver effective communications instantly in a way that scales, and promotes a safe environment with the ability to incorporate instant alerts into their emergency plans.
  • Cisco Wired and Wireless Network provides highly secure, flexible and high performance access to schools resources and applications to help enhance the quality of learning.
  • In the future, Cisco Cius and Cisco Quad will be rolled out at the College. 

 Check out the FlipVideo for highlights from the official opening of the Senior Centre at Pymble Ladies’ College and view the media release here.


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  1. thanks a lot for your idea…

  2. nice info…

  3. I love the fact that there are schools trying to keep up with the pace of technology, but I have to admit I am a little disappointed by the fact that all of this technology hasn’t been met with a curriculum that would allow students to really utilize it. I’m waiting for the day when coding becomes part of the core curriculum for all students.

    If you think the web has exploded with content now! Wait until every 4th grader knows HTML5 and CSS!

  4. Fantastic. I live in South Africa. I wish we had this here!

  5. I want to wish you luck with the new Senior School Centre. It’s not your first great idea and I’m sure it will be a success.

  6. It is a nice step of Pymble Ladies College that it partnered with Cisco. More colleges and institutions will learn from this and would also like to make Cisco a partner.