Online Learning


We are striving to progressively embrace and develop a highly effective ‘blended learning’ environment. The Ministry of Education describes blended learning as ‘a combination of traditional and e-learning practices‘ and it defines e-learning as ‘learning and teaching that is facilitated by or supported through the appropriate use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)‘. We believe that the use of devices further develop our students’ 21st century competencies of digital literacy, communication and working collaboratively to problem solve and think creatively. We are also committed to create an environment in which digital technology and critical thinking work together to expand and deepen the learning experience.

One of the ways in which Elim Christian College Henderson is creating an interactive learning environment is by strongly encouraging a ‘bring your own device’ programme from Years 5-8.

The use of digital devices are integrated into the curriculum in developmentally-appropriate ways. Students in Years 0-4 have access to class sets of iPads. Students from Years 5-8 support their learning with their own Chromebook, brought from home.  Digital devices are used to strengthen and support our delivery of Numeracy and Literacy, bringing in elements of engagement, accessibility, differentiation, live-feedback and seamless school-to-home learning.

To complement the Numeracy and Literacy programmes, an integrative, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning is used for the remainder of the day in which curriculum areas, e.g. Science, are integrated around a common theme to facilitate students’ understanding. This is enhanced by the unique possibilities provided with the use of digital devices. It involves identifying and working on a real problem/issue around the chosen theme, focusing on the learning that is needed, and actually implementing a solution. Students use problem-solving skills to arrive at that solution; these skills will continue to be valuable not only at school, but useful in life.

Through sharing new knowledge that they have created both digitally and physically, locally and globally, students are making a difference with their learning and adding relevance to their inquiry. In other words, inquiry learning is not only concerned with in-school success, but it is equally concerned with preparation for life-long learning.