Learning Technologies

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Here at Saint David's our students definitely don't miss out in the technology department!

A recent expansion in our IT capabilities has ensured that students at all levels within our school have access to technology on a daily basis. With iPads, laptops and desktop computers for use by our Junior primary students, to one on one laptops for class room use in Year 5-6, both our teachers and students can make use of these effective learning tools every day as needed.

Through our expansion in technology, we have increased opportunities to engage students in fun learning activities through a medium which captivates and inspires students to extend themselves.

Here are some of our technology facts and stats:

  • Our entire school operates on a wireless network system
  • Interactive whiteboards or LED Display panels in EVERY class room enable us to deliver a richer curriculum.
  • All of our students have access to computers, laptops and iPads to aid in their learning.
  • Class sets of iPads in our Reception to Year 2 class rooms ensures that mobile technology can be used at all year levels to enhance learning.
  • Our Year 3 and 4 classes share a bank of laptops which has enough units to ensure each student in the class has access to a laptop when needed.
  • In Year 5-6 the laptop to student ratio is 1:1 ensuring that all students have access to laptops in every lesson if required.
  • We have scheduled 3D printer incursions to support learning initiatives.
  • A pool of age specific robot technology including BeeBots (R-2), ProBots (Yr 3-4) and Edison Robots (Yr 5-6) supports learning around coding and robotic technology.
  • A Bright Stars learning hub which is home to our Playgroup and Bright Stars program (Reception transition)

Parents do not need to pay additional fees for tech items as funding for technology is covered through our resource fees. All tech items are secured on site overnight to ensure that they are always fully charged, to reduce risks when travelling between school and home and to give students and parents a break from screens.

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Online Safety

To ensure that our students understand the importance of maintaining their personal safety online we actively teach aspects of online safety at all levels of the school.

Whether using technology in the classroom, at work or at home our students learn the importance of behaving responsibly and respectfully on line. We encourage our parents to regularly engage in discussions with their children about their online activity and to set solid guidelines for use at home.

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Reporting Cyber-bullying

ACORN - Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network

From ACORN website:

Cyber-bullying or stalking occurs when someone engages in offensive, menacing or harassing behaviour through the use of technology. It can happen to people at any age, anytime, and often anonymously.

Examples of cyber-bullying include:

  • posting hurtful messages, images or videos online
  • repeatedly sending unwanted messages online
  • sending abusive texts and emails
  • excluding or intimidating others online
  • creating fake social networking profiles or websites that are hurtful
  • nasty online gossip and chat, and
  • any other form of digital communication which is discriminatory, intimidating, intended to cause hurt or make someone fear for their safety.

Just like bullying in the offline world, not all online bullying is criminal. There are Australian laws which apply to serious online harassment and online bullying behaviour. Under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) it is an offence to use the internet, social media or a telephone to menace, harass or cause offence. The maximum penalty for this offence is three years imprisonment or a fine of more than $30,000.

As children are often online, it can be hard for them to escape cyber-bullying. Young people do not often tell their parents in fear that it will make the situation worse, or out of fear they will lose Internet access. Ongoing communication between parents and children is important to prevent and stop cyber-bullying. You may wish to consider more information about the support services available for children and cyber victims more generally.

You can report serious cyber-bullying to the ACORN if the conduct is intended to make you (or the victim you are reporting on behalf of) feel fearful, uncomfortable, offended or harassed. 

If you are experiencing Cyber-bullying, CLICK HERE to make a report.