Technology in the Classroom


Our aim for the future is for every student at Carranballac P-9 College to have access to an IT device.  Whether it is an ICT device owned by the student (Year 5 - 9) or a computer supplied by the College for use in the classroom only.

In Term 4, 2017, 3D Printing was introduced as an Elective after the College invested in a semi-commercial 3D Printer for Year 9 students studying Computer Automated Design (CAD). In 2018, Robotics and  Computer Coding was introduced, and we have enjoyed watching students across the College coding with Scratch in younger Year Levels up to Year 9 develop programs operating Abilix Robots, through the STEM curriculum set of iPads at each campus.

In 2018, the College purchased 232 TouchScreen Notebooks across both Campuses, these were made available in the Early Years (Foundation to Year 6) as Class Sets in special computer trolleys.  


In 2019 we further strengthened the Notebook pool with an additional 144 Notebooks, available to students From Foundation to Year 6.  These Notebooks are stored in securely at the College, and are shared on a class rotation among students in each Year Level.  With the great support of our Parents & Friends committee we have been fortunate to purchase a set of Bee Bot coding robots for students in Foundation - Year 2 and look foward to hearing all about their coding experience at the earliest levels of our schooling.  We have also been fortunate to purchase class sets of Sphero SPRK coding bots for students to code with varying degrees of experience from drawing code, scratch based code and java script.

 

We are excited about what we have been able to achieve in the last 2-3 years in the area of Information and Communication Technology and are looking forward to a stronger future in digital literacy.

  

We strongly encourage families to provide students in Middle and Secondary Years with their own personal Notebook or Laptop.  Students benefit greatly from personal access to a familiar device, providing them a leg-up in the digital and educational landscape.



A message from the College Director regarding ICT developments at the College and a list of recommended Computers parents may wish to purchase.

 

Dear Parents,

I am very pleased to inform you that over three and a half years we have had a number of exciting developments in the area of Information & Communication Technology (ICT), both in terms of provision of new hardware and new software at the College.

 

We upgraded our ICT infrastructure at the Jamieson Way and Boardwalk Campuses, making our ICT network more stable, reliable and much faster. 

These changes are being done to facilitate the smooth introduction of curriculum and administrative software packages which we have or will be installing on our College ICT Network. Let me briefly highlight some of the software we have introduced:

  • The introduction of Compass. An Administrative and Learning Management System which teachers and parents use extensively. We plan to introduce students to Compass this year as a learning management tool. 
  • We are in the process of developing a platform for each student to create their own Digital Student Portfolio online.
  • Student and staff can now access MS Office 365, including 1TB of storage space on OneDrive.

This now brings me to the most important purpose for this letter. In order to get the most out of the above software, students must have access to One-to-One Computer devices 24/7.

We have investigated a number of ICT device options, including their prices. If students already have a notebook or laptop at home it is beneficial to allow your child to bring these devices to school (BYOD – Bring Your Own Device), my technicians will be able to advise you on whether the devices can be connected to our EduSTAR WiFi. However, if your child does bring his/her own ICT device to school, please make sure it has the most recent Virus software installed. 

It is extremely beneficial for students in the Middle Years - particularly Secondary students, to have access to an ICT device; whether it be an ICT device owned by the student or a computer supplied by the College for use in the classroom only. 

We will keep you informed about other areas my ICT Team will be investigating and looking at introducing into the classroom.

If you have any questions about the anything I have raised in this Notice, please contact me. If I can’t answer your questions, a member of my ICT Team will.

Please click here if you would like advice on device specifications you may be considering purchasing for your child.

 

Brendan O’Brien

Director

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