Computer Technology (ICT)
Our school demonstrates the ongoing commitment to the use of technological programs and equipment. We vigorously pursue delivery of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) strategy. Teachers participate in the e-Potential ICT capability survey each year, with teachers completing professional training in setting up digital portfolios and using Web 2.0 applications such as blogs and wikis. Professional development sessions are continuously offered. ICT coaching has been provided at each level during each term. The program has become a highly effective way of developing student skills, which teachers build on in their classroom programs.
In respect to hardware provision, the school operates a new lab of workstations and 6 Mac computers in every classroom and a rack of laptops in each 5 mod relocatable. At the commencement of 2018 an additional 20 new laptops, 40 ipads go into classrooms ensuring all computers in the school are less than 4 years old. Two ICT technicians maintain our hardware and software provision. Weekly lessons are provided for classes in advanced use of multimedia programs like iphoto, imovie, Garage Band, Powerpoint, Kidspix, Inspiration, Comic Life. Web based applications enable children to make blogs and wikis. More information about Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Primary Schools.
All 26 classrooms have Interactive devices including Teamboards and Whiteboard (IWB) data projectors and speaker sound systems. There are 15 touch screens in rooms. The fit out of this innovative technology is expensive but a thoroughly justified investment.
Our school pursues opportunities to expand ICT innovations because ICT is part of our students’ future. IPads were used in the Prep and year 1 classes.
Wireless facilities with mobile pod zones, interactive white boards and resource devices for students and teachers are incorporated in the building.
The Cybersmart website is about keeping safe and smart online. It provides cybersafety education and awareness for children, young people and parents. Cybersmart features news, resources and information about current cybersafety issues and provides practical advice about how to deal with them.
In addition to information, videos, animations and activities about how to play it safe online, the site links to comprehensive training and cybersafety resources for teachers, available through the Schools Gateway. The site also hosts cybersafety materials for library staff. Cybersmart—Stay ahead and stay safe online.
New site for parents where you can learn about the digital environment and how to help your child have safe and enjoyable online experiences is called iparent. It has plenty of tips and practical steps along the way so you can help your child explore safely and manage online issues should they arise. Go to iparent
An additional site to find out more information is Cybersmart go to www.cybersmart.gov.au
Cybersmart guide for families
This easy-to-read guide offers information about children’s internet use and advice for parents and carers about online safety. The guide provides practical advice on current issues such as privacy, spam and cyberbullying.
Cybersmart Kids brochures
Social networking, mobile phone use and general internet safety tips are covered in the ACMA’s suite of Cybersmart Kids brochures. The brochures provide tips for children and parents about keeping safe online.
Cyber rules poster
A colourful hints and tips poster for children aged 7 and up, the cyber rules poster reminds young internet users to think carefully about what they see online, who they communicate with and what information they provide about themselves.
Welcome to iParent – where parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their children’s technology use. Here you can find guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.
SuperClubs PLUS Australia
SuperClubs PLUS Australia is a protected online social learning network for children aged 6 to 12 years. Launched in September 2008, SuperClubs PLUS Australia has proved a popular place for children to have fun, connect with other children and learn ICT, citizenship and social skills. In February 2009, the ACMA launched a Cybersmart Badge on the site, enabling children to undertake a range of cybersafety activities.