Information and Communications Technologies
At Mount Waverley Primary School we have a strong commitment to digital technologies. Students in Years Prep to 2 have weekly skills sessions with one of our two ICT teachers. Students in Years 3 to 6 have lessons on an individual, group and whole class basis as the need arises. Each classroom has at least 8 computers for the children to access. In addition to this, we have a set of 16 laptops in the library to allow the students access to internet research and to enable them to create ICT products during library sessions. These include netbooks, laptops, desktop computers and iPads.
Over the past three years we have trialled a 1 to 1 computing in our Year 6 classes which has now extended to full implementation in Years 4 and 5. (see information below). The laptops are used to support and extend the class programs. The students engage in a variety of activities and use the facilities which included include projectors, scanners, printers, webcams and digital cameras. All computers are networked and have high-speed connections to the Internet. ICT is integrated across the range of the primary school curriculum where skills are developed within the curriculum and not taught in isolation.
We strongly believe that students benefit by using software that they control and not computer programs to which they merely respond. Children work with the Office suite offline and using Office 365, Comic Life, PhotoStory and concept mapping software amongst other programs. These applications are used to support the development of learning outcomes across the curriculum and to engage the students in collaborative, co-operative and problem solving activities. Multimedia is particularly beneficial in the development of higher order thinking skills and in allowing for different learning styles.
Each class has a blog, or weblog, in which teachers and students reflect on experiences. In some cases these are managed by the students, in collaboration with their class teacher or a specialist teacher. This provides an opportunity for parents to see and participate in some aspects of the class programs. Students from Years 3 to 6 have a personal blog. Students in Years 1 and 2 have a personal wiki page within the class blog in which they can showcase their work online. Email and collaborative documents using both Office 365 and Google apps are used throughout the school, appropriately for the students’ needs.
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At Mount Waverley Primary School we have recognised that we must remain at the forefront of maximising the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in our classrooms. Proudly over the past three years, the school has invested significant time and financial support into developing a successful 1:1 laptop program. This innovative program was driven by the need to not only adapt to the Australian Curriculum, but also to continue to increase student engagement and student learning outcomes.
The Australian Curriculum and AusVELS integrates ICT throughout English, Mathematics and other domains. It is therefore critical that our school’s leadership team and staff continue to advocate for, and use technology, to broaden the learning of their students.
Mount Waverley Primary School is privileged to be a pilot school of the New Pedagogies Project. This program has focussed on creating ‘deep learning experiences’ in which technology can facilitate. We firmly believe that the 1:1 program enables students to engage in real life learning experiences which engage them and create exciting new possibilities for all involved.
An eSmart school is a school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.
To insure that our students are competent and safe users of new and emerging technology, we are committed to implementing a program which educates our students in the safe, responsible and ethical use of the internet and social networking.
As such, we have developed an eSmart curriculum for the students and teachers to use. We provide parent information through the school newsletter and provide opportunities for staff professional development. We are working towards becoming an eSmart school
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