Advances in technology have revolutionised the way that we all think, communicate and work. These days, technology changes so quickly, and it is essential that the ‘citizens of the future’ are able to effectively and ethically incorporate this emerging technology into their personal and professional lives.
Faith Lutheran College has long recognised the need to provide excellence in the education of our students and therefore, we aim to provide the most up to date digital resources available. The College has continued to place an emphasis on preparing students for contemporary learning. In 2013 students in Year 9, 10 and 11 were issued with iPads to support their learning and access to digital content. This journey started late 2012 when the students unboxed their iPads and prepared them ready for learning. Parents and the community were invited to attend an information session at the start of this year and parents collected their child’s iPad. It has been very exciting seeing the students setting up their iPads and working hard to ensure their device is ready for the classroom. Furthermore, access to iPads in the Junior and Senior School has been increased and iPads have become part of the many resources teachers use in the classroom.
Students participated in iPad training over 2 days and this helped kick start their understanding on how to best manage their device. We continue to offer technical support for students and families.
Students are adapting to their iPads and we believe this ‘Adaption’ stage is vital in order for the device to be used to support 21st Century learning and skills. On a day-to-day basis students are using their iPads to:
ü Log onto Edmodo and digital learning resources
ü Access class work from Edmodo
ü Access eBooks from Jacplus and using the interactive features of these eBooks
ü Following app workflows set out by classroom teachers
ü Use apps such as Pages, Keynote, Safari, Notesplus and iMovie to create, communicate and collaborate.
Students are becoming familiar with Cloud technology and moving away from storing their documents using USB and other data storage devices. Although we know our students to be digital natives, this shift required training and practice. Our eLearning Committee and classroom teachers will continue to support the students in their understanding of how to manage their own device using icloud backup and Apps to manage documents.
FLCR Principal Device Program Info Book
ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Principal Device Note to Parents
2014 Principal Device Program Info Book