At St Mary’s Star of the Sea, we believe that technology does not substitute for quality teaching, but rather technology should be used as a tool to enhance the learning process in providing powerful and engaging learning experiences.
All classrooms at St Mary’s have a large TV and an Apple TV. Classes are equipped with Macbooks and iPads to allow for small group learning.
We have a specialised STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Learning Space which is administered by a specialist STEM Teacher. The room is equipped with 6 Lego EV3 Mindstorm robots and a purpose-built First Lego League Table.
In addition, we have 12 mBots available to the primary students and 6 Blue Bots for our infants.
A coding club is run twice a week during the lunch break and is available to all students who are interested in learning to code and complete coding challenges.
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 Mary's 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 Years 4–6 students. Each child has a specific iPad allocated to them for their learning. They are responsible for this iPad for the year and return it at the end of the year. Our senior students are engaged in programs such as Google Classrooms and Apple Classroom.
Kindergarten to Year 3 students have at least 15 iPads in each classroom, allowing for 1:1 or 1:2 iPads for learning. Students do not need to bring their own device.
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.
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 Mary's, 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.