Meet our team: IGS Director of ICT and Digital Innovation Graham Clarkson

International Grammar School Director of ICT and Digital Innovation Graham Clarkson enjoys his role working with a team of creative, dedicated and talented staff “with big hearts”, both in the classroom and behind the scenes.

“The ICT team are a mix of great characters who bring their own unique set of skills and personality to each of their jobs,” Graham said. “I really like working with each of them.”

The ICT Department delivers innovative learning experiences to all staff and students using new and emerging technologies. The School uses primarily Mac computers, runs in a Google environment and with a “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) policy.

“All of our team are passionate about assisting with ICT issues and teaching staff and students to get the most out of our technology resources,” Graham said. “We have a very diverse team, which in a way reflects the School itself and its motto, Unity Through Diversity.”

Graham has been at IGS for three years, and not only leads the ICT team, but also teaches Design and Technology in the High School.

He recently created the Digital Innovation (DI) High club, designed to equip students with skills in computer-based environments. The club is one of more than 80 diverse clubs enjoyed by students at IGS.

“This is the most accepting school I have ever worked at, because it is full of unique teachers and students who genuinely care about each other,” Graham said. “This is a creative school where everyone has a voice and where new ideas are embraced.

“Whether it is student-led initiatives or teachers with ideas for new classes or extra-curricular programs, if you have a passion for IT, this is fertile grounds to make things happen.”

At IGS, students apply their knowledge, extend their understanding and advance their creative and critical thinking skills within practical Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) learning programs.

Additional STEAM activities include Robotics, Coding and DI High clubs, teaming students with local technology businesses involved in Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Graham’s favourite activity at IGS so far has been the inaugural Digital Innovation Fair in 2017, a creative, collaborative mix of students, parents, teachers, technology vendors and exhibitors. “The exciting cross pollination of ideas the fair generated is what education and technology are about,” Graham said.

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Graham Clarkson pictured with students of the DI High Club.