TechBar

  

Welcome to the St James’ Anglican School TechBar. The TechBar aims to provide you with information regarding technology at our School, particularly iPads.

In 2016, in its second year of operation, St James’ introduced a 1-1 iPad program for Years 3 – 7. This program required parents to supply an iPad to be used at school for educational purposes. The program continues in 2017, extending to our first group of Year 8s. As the School grows, all students from Years 3 – 12 will be expected to have an iPad. Please note that we are currently exploring the option of permitting an Apple laptop for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. More information will become available closer to the time.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 2 use iPads purchased by the School. These iPads are stored in charging units and used during small group situations. There are approximately eight per class.

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is responsible for curriculum, assessment, standards and reporting in Western Australian schools. It stipulates ICT skills (Information and Communication Technology) as one of the seven General Capabilities that need to be taught as part of the curriculum. The other General Capabilities include Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Responsibility, Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding. These are skills students need to fully participate in the 21st Century.

In addition to the Capability, there is now a specific Technologies curriculum which includes Digital Technology and Design Technology. Digital Technology is concerned with designing and creating technology solutions and involves developing computational thinking and coding skills. Design Technology revolves around engineering principles, food production and materials.

The world is rapidly changing and this is largely being driven by technology. It is essential we equip our students with relevant skills, which can be applied across a wide range of fields and occupations.

Please see the links below for more specific information regarding iPads at St James’. Alternatively, speak with Mr Jackaman our IT Coordinator or email it@stjames.wa.edu.au if you have any questions.

At St James’ we embrace technology and innovation. We thank you for your support as we establish our technology program.

Thank you.

Mr Nicholas Townsend
Deputy Head of Junior School

  

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