Information Communications Technology (ICT)
Some of the aspects relating to ICT at St. Simons are outlined below:
- Purchase and roll out of 120 student iPads. These iPad Air devices are divided into 3 groups of 40. Each group is housed in a lockable trolley that also serves as a charging station. Classes can borrow baskets of 5 iPads at a time.
- Our Mac server manages the school iPads. Selected software is pushed out to the student iPads.
- Rollout of the smartphone school App - 'Skoolbag'. Our mobile application now boasts 886 users who are availing themselves to our increasing services : newsletters, alerts, canteen lists, uniform order forms, absence notification.
- Classroom all-in-one touch screen machines have been placed in the Library, Art room and Japanese room. These machines are running Windows 8 as their operating system to make best use of their touch screen capabilities. Eventually all machines in the school fleet will be moved to Windows 10.
- Year P-6 utilising a range of cyber safety resources at the commencement of the year to reinforce the online safety message. A range of resources have been used sequentially from P-6 to ensure engaged learning takes place around the area of responsible cyber citizenship.
- All Year 3-6 children have individual user names and passwords. This allows access to the school network as well as the internet. Attached to their login is an individual folder that follows them each year allowing for the collation of their digital resources. Login details and activity are tracked by the school administrator ensuring a high level of security is maintained.
- This year saw us continue to utilise the nRoll feature from the nForma suite which allows classroom teachers to record the attendance roll electronically. This attendance data is sent to the office daily and collated automatically for inclusion in the June and December reports. This program also allows for the collation of CEOM required data in a very simple manner. There is an App on staff iPads to help make this process even simpler.
- Online Parent/Teacher interview booking continued through the use of our online provision. Anecdotal feedback of this process continues to be very positive.
- The wifi capability of the school has been expanded to include Buildings F&G. Classes in Art, Music and Japanese can now borrow sets of iPads for use in their lessons using wifi capabilities. Some of the new HP machines will also be permanently located in these rooms.
- GAFE – Google Apps for Education roll over is proposed close to the end of third term. Followed by the inclusion of the CEV ICON Project at our school in between 2017 and 2018.
Future directions include:
- Purchase of additional portable digital learning devices such as Chrome Books .
- Critical evaluation of educational applications by teaching staff continues, ensuring quality software purchases for student learning and engagement.
- Technology is used in an Applied Science setting as demonstrated in our Senior Grade 5 & 6 Soccer project during Term 3 at Rowville Secondary College.