Welcome Dr Walter Barbieri, to the School of Education
It’s with real excitement and enthusiasm that I join the School of Education at The University of Adelaide as a Lecturer.
I can’t wait to bring my passion for education to life through my work with students, colleagues and through my research, for which areas of interest include: learning technologies, assessment and data, constructivist pedagogies and school cultures.
Until recently, I have been Director of eLearning at St Peter’s College in Adelaide, where I have also held positions as Head of English and Teacher of English, Drama and Italian (all at SACE & IB level), as well as coordinating the school’s digital publishing initiatives on the iBookstore and iTunes U Catalogue.
During my teaching career, I have consistently applied ways of innovating learning through digital technologies and measured their impact. Along the way, I have been awarded as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Teacher.
In addition to my educational practice, I completed my research-based doctoral thesis exploring the marketing innovations achieved by the performance practice of the Italian futurist avant-grade theatre.
At the School of Education, I will lead a partnership between The University of Adelaide and Apple Aust. & NZ inc. to implement an eLearning Program that will apply to all students of the Bachelor of Teaching degree.
The eLearning Program will ensure that all students of this degree will possess and use an iPad with pencil and keyboard capabilities, and support students in becoming proficient in the use of contemporary technologies for learning. It will help to develop innovative teachers with advanced skills for operating in 21st-century classrooms.
As a result of the eLearning Program, students will have the opportunity to achieve Apple Teacher Status and to work towards Apple Distinguished Educator Status, therefore gaining a competitive advantage in job application fields.
The School of Education at The University of Adelaide is the first in Australia to embark upon this venture, and is on track to become the country’s first tertiary Apple Distinguished School.
I am thrilled to be embarking on this exciting project, and am looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.
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