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​Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across the curriculum

ICT is embedded across all key learning areas (KLAs) to engage students, develop knowledge and skills and enhance student learning outcomes. Classroom use of ICT presents students with authentic and challenging tasks and allows them to connect with others in the real world.

Our classrooms have continual access to ICT through interactive whiteboards, pods of classroom computers and laptops, wireless network access, digital cameras and digital tools and devices. Students also have access to a computer lab, student laptops and mobile devices. In 2012-13 we introduced iPads for every classroom teacher and developed an iPad program which focuses on curriculum applications, professional development for staff, opportunities and access for all students. Our school’s generous P&C funded the purchase of 3 class sets of iPads and parent contributions funded a further 2 class sets of iPads.  The iPads are in use from prep to year 6 support teaching, learning and assessment.

ICT is used in the classroom to:

  • increase student participation, engagement and achievement
  • extend learning beyond the classroom by providing real life examples and contexts for literacy, numeracy, science and other curriculum areas
  • extend student skills, knowledge and understandings with a focus on development of digital media literacy skills
  • recognise individual learning styles and optimise learning through individualised and differentiated approaches using digital devices and software applications
  • connect students with external experts and other learners using online learning tools and applications
  • increase opportunities for student collaboration and self-directed learning

Students acquire ICT knowledge and skills through the specific use of ICT to inquire, create and communicate with others. They develop an understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the safe, ethical and legal use of ICT.

Teachers incorporate the purposeful use of innovative ICT in teaching, learning and assessment through:

  • teaching of specific ICT skills, knowledge and processes under the Australian Curriculum ICT Capabilities.
  • on-line learning and communication through the Department of Education, Training and Employment's (DETE) secure environment "The Learning Place" e.g. edStudios, virtual classrooms, on-line chats, forums and blogs
  • use of a wide range of digital tools and devices (networked and wireless) to support the curriculum including interactive whiteboards, computers, digital cameras, video cameras, mobile learning devices (iPads and laptops), gaming consoles (Wii, DSi​ and XBOX), easispeak microphones and digital microscopes
  • use of a wide range of functional, creative and design software and apps
  • internet safety (cybersafety)
  • digital literacy and online research skills

Our parents help to support the ICT program through an annual voluntary contribution scheme. Parent ICT contributions increase student access to digital technology and have been vital in assisting the school to purchase interactive whiteboards, computers, laptops and iPads for the classrooms.​

iPads at Ascot State School

We first introduced iPads into our classrooms to support students with special needs in 2011.  Our school now has iPads in all classrooms from p​rep to year 6 including five class sets of iPads for 1 to 1 learning (whole class activities).  iPads allow students to engage, explore and create with digital technology in a mobile and flexible way. Students also develop problem solving skills and have the opportunity to share their learning with peers.

Staff at Ascot State School are undergoing continual professional development and exploring the use of iPads to enhance the curriculum and improve learning outcomes.  We are developing a whole school iPad program based on the Australian Curriculum - ICT Capabilities, professional development and workshops, DETE iPad trials and research and school site visits.

The introduction of an iPad program aligns with the school 2014 Strategic Plan and regional priorities.  Teachers will cooperatively plan for the use of iPads as learning tools to support the goals and strategies of the Australian Curriculum, particularly to further enhance the teaching of reading, writing and numeracy. Teachers will correctly match up the tools with the curriculum intent to ensure iPads are used purposefully and meaningfully.

Implementation of a school iPad program will also:

  • facilitate quality teaching with the best tools for engaging all students (including students with special needs, disengaged learners, ESL students).  
  • allow students to engage with the curriculum at a level which was not previously possible. 
  • engage students, parents and the community and encourage sharing of recommended apps.
  • provide opportunities for success and assist in the well-being of students with special needs and learning difficulties.
  • provide teachers with the opportunity to take on leadership and mentoring roles and encourage teachers to share ideas and strategies through collaboration.

We would like to acknowledge the generosity and support of the P&C for the funding of three class sets of iPads for our students.​