Technology & BYOD
Learning in the 21st Century - 21st Century Skills
The new millennium has been characterised by a dramatic technological revolution. We now live in an increasingly diverse, globalised, complex and media-saturated society. Some believe that this technological revolution will have a greater impact on society than the transition from an oral to a print culture.
Today's kindergarten children will be retiring in about sixty years. We don’t know what the world will look in five years, much less sixty years, yet we are charged with preparing our students for life in that world. As educators, therefore, we need to be adept, keep up with technology and teach 21st century skills.
‘Rapid and continuing advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing the ways people share, use, develop and process information and technology. In this digital age, young people need to be highly skilled in the use of ICT.’ (The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, 2008.)
In all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school, students need to be able to:
• access, create, manage and communicate information and ideas.
• solve problems and think critically.
• make decisions.
• work collaboratively.
• make the most of the technologies available to them.
• adapt to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve.
• limit the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment.
The use of technology assists students to learn these skills.
Technology at St James Lutheran College
Primary classes all have a set of iPads located in their rooms and can also access laptop trolleys when needed. Additional resources such as iPads, iPods, Bee-bots, cameras and more are available from the Digital Technology Hub and Resource Centre. Class teachers incorporate the teaching of technology skills across the curriculum.
Year 7 and 8 students are all part of the BYO (Bring Your Own) iPad program. Class and specialist teachers incorporate their use into many subject areas. Years 9-12 students have the optional of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – they may choose to bring a laptop or tablet device.
Secondary teachers have access to additional resources such as laptop trolleys, iPads, iPods, a 3D printer, cameras and more through the Digital Technology Hub and Resource Centre. All teachers incorporate the teaching of the Australian Curriculum ICT General Capabilities the their individual subject areas. ICT as a subject is available as an elective to Years 9 and 10 students, leading on to ITS (Information Technology Systems) and BCT (Business Communication Technologies) in Years 11 and 12.
SOFTWARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS THROUGH ST JAMES LUTHERAN COLLEGE
As part of our current Agreement with Microsoft, students get FREE access to Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, Publisher and a host of other useful online and locally installed Apps.
Due to being a GSuite school (previously Google Apps for Education), students also get access to the vast amount of Google Apps and collaborative tools available from Google, including online storage through Google Drive, which is a must for backing up data as it means never losing it from the Cloud.
Adobe 2017 Design and Web Suite is also available as part of an Agreements we have with Adobe. The design and Web suite includes a host of higher end Applications from Adobe but be aware a lot of the Apps can be hardware and resource intensive, so an up-to-date fast laptop is recommended.
Please see the IT Staff, Librarian or Teacher in regards to acquiring these suites or head to the intranet page to find the guides.
St James Computer, BYOD and Internet Acceptable conduct and use agreement (auA)
ST JAMES BYOD information and support
Students connecting their devices will need to download and install the below Security Certificate.