While written work is still seen as an important part of the learning journey through primary school, St Therese has a strong view on the importance of technology in the role of the education of its students. We see this as one of a number of key ingredients that support students in the learning process. As such, the presence and effective use of Information, Communication and Learning Technologies (ICLT) are a key feature of our contemporary classrooms.
All of our classrooms have large screen smart TVs. These screens, via AppleTV, provide students with a way of sharing the work they do on iPads with their class. iPads are available for group work and individual support / extension in Years K - 2. Years 3 and 4 have access to whole class sets of iPads while Years 5 and 6 are 1:1 iPad users. This access to technology is seen as a learning opportunity that is best met via the iPad.
Spheros, mBots and VEX Robots are available for classes to access throughout their learning cycle. Students are introduced to coding which is reinforcing some of the concepts covered in maths each year. Student teams have been selected to represent St Therese in the CEDoW VEX robotics challenge.
View our Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement, which each student and parent/carer is asked to sign at the commencement of each year.
St Therese aims to provide contemporary quality learning environments for students through the integration of technology across all Key Learning Areas. As part of this process, we are implementing a 1:1 iPad Program for our students. iPads are used in a range of learning spaces, allowing students the opportunity to achieve desired learning outcomes in ways that are not always possible using traditional methods.
Read more about our 1:1 iPad program, including setup tips and parent information
Oliver is our school’s Library Management System. It is fully web-based, so the whole school community can access library resources including eBooks and Audiobooks. Simple, clear search options like dynamic picture searches help young students find books and other resources that appeal to them. They can also choose from a huge selection of background graphics and avatars to personalise their library experience.
Oliver means students and staff can also manage their loans and reservations — anywhere, anytime.
Digital citizenship is a priority at St Therese, with all students participating in learning experiences that focus on being responsible and ethical users of technology.
Teachers use a range of resources developed by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and other online safety organisations, to assist in the ongoing education of our students in being safe and responsible digital citizens.
The CEDoW Digital Citizenship Program Site provides a program of resources for our students on digital citizenship.