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Technology

The St Saviour’s Primary School community is committed to providing its students with the skills and understandings to live and participate in a multimedia world. We believe that the use of ICTs not only enhances the undertaking, but also provides an excellent forum for developing the skills of lifelong learning.

At St Saviour’s Primary School, it is recognised that the computer is a tool for learning and not an end in itself. Computing is not taught as a separate subject at SSPS, but computer technology provides tools that are used across the curriculum to improve student learning outcomes. Computer technology provides rich, interactive learning environments for students, not only through use of ‘exploratory’ programs, which allow them to interact with information, but also with ‘constructive’ software which allows students to create and express their own creativity and develop their own information packages. Facilities extend from text only environments to an emerging growth in the use of multimedia. Multimedia provides opportunities for differing approaches to learning, so that students’ wide range of individual learning styles is easily accommodated. Through multimedia formats, each student can receive instruction appropriate to his or her learning style.

Success in computer-based learning at SSPS results from a model which guides students to a familiarity with relevant technology through ‘scaffolding’ and ‘fading’. In the scaffolding process the teacher provides hints and comments and carries out parts of the task the learners cannot yet handle on their own. The teacher then gradually removes support. This is the process of ‘fading’. ‘Scaffolding’ structures are set in place at SSPS in the form of instruction in house, to provide a step-by-step guide to a particular process, set in context of a unit of study.

Prep

Students become familiar with computer and ipad techniques.

Years 1 and 2

Students become familiar with computer, ipad techniques and produce text and pictorial based presentations.

Year 3

Students become skilled in text attributes and the draw component and combine these skills to develop presentations related to their class work.

Year 4

Students develop skills of desktop publishing, using text, draw and paint programs to create original presentations which communicate information in a variety of ways. 

Year 5

Students are introduced to the development of multimedia through linear slideshows. They experiment with the interrelationship of text, pictures, sound, video and animation.

Year 6

Students extend their multimedia experiences to the development of non-liner, interactive multi media authoring. Development of non-linear projects challenges learners to high levels of complex thinking and problem-solving.

Students continuing with the computer technology program to Year 6 at SSPS have been shown to be highly accomplished in their secondary schools. They can confidently undertake computer projects put before them and are able to utilise the technology independently in other curriculum areas. They have the skills, understanding and experience to select from a range of presentation options and are thus not confined to the medium of text.

Technology Requirements 2020

St Saviour’s Primary School has always been at the forefront of the use of technologies to support student learning. As of 2019, our Technology Plan has three components:

Prep and Year 1
Utilise school iPad bank (no purchase necessary).

Years 2 to 3 (if new iPad required)
To purchase through Harvey Norman Toowoomba (as per school requirements) an Apple iPad 9.7” 128GB Wifi (6th Gen) plus STM Dux Case for Ipad 9.7” including pen slot.

Years 4 to 6 (currently transitioning from iPads to Microsoft Surface Go)
In the following years the upper primary will be transitioning from iPads to the Microsoft Surface Go.

To purchase through Harvey Norman Toowoomba (as per school requirements) a Microsoft Surface Go – Pentium 4415Y, 8GB, 128GB SSD and Typecover and Pen plus Microsoft Complete for student, 3 yr warranty (3 claims) and STM Dux Case.

YEAR

IPAD REQUIRED

MICROSOFT SURFACE GO REQUIRED

2019

Year 1 to 3 and Year 5 to 6

Year 4 only

2020

Year 2 to Year 3 and Year 6

Years 4 and 5

2021

Year 3 Only

Years 4 to 6

Acceptable Use of ICT