Technologies is a learning area divided into two strands: ‘Design and Technologies’ and ‘Digital Technologies’. Spearwood Primary has a ‘Maker Space’ classroom where children have equipment and resources to achieve their creative ideas in ‘Design and Technologies’ lessons.
The General Capability of: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is taught using computers as a tool in many subject areas. Digital Technologies give opportunities for explicit instruction in this capability.
Spearwood Primary School recognises that Information Communication Technology (ICT) is an integral part of the teaching and learning program. ICT capability supports and enhances student learning across all areas of the curriculum.
To achieve this, Spearwood Primary School and the Parents and Citizens committee have invested in a range of technologies and programs, so children are equipped to use ICT at school, home, and the workplace in the future. Spearwood decided to have both iPad and computer platforms for students to learn from and on.
Every class at Spearwood Primary School has an interactive whiteboard which teachers use to support learning in their classrooms. All classes have additional computers in the classroom which children can access regularly for research and word processing tasks. Children in Kindergarten to Year Six have access to a computer lab in the library and a portable bank of iPads.
Learning areas provide the content and contexts which allow students to develop and apply the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and dispositions that comprise ICT capability. Currently this includes school-wide subscriptions to Mathletics, Soundwaves and Department of Education supported initiatives such as Connect.
In the digital age, students need to be flexible and creative problem solvers and critical thinkers while working in a safe online environment. Education around Cyber safety is on-going. For more information click here to go to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
Teachers attend professional development and work together to promote sharing, investigating, and creating with ICT in line with the Western Australian Curriculum which optimises student outcomes and prepares students to become active community members.
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