At Kalamunda Christian School we prepare our students with the skills to succeed in the digital world. Digital technologies are embedded across all curriculum areas and are utilised as both learning and student engagement tools. Teachers use digital technologies to provide students with authentic learning challenges that foster curiosity, creativity and the ability to collaborate with others.
From 2018, each student in Years 3 - 5 will have access to a portable, networked, touch-screen chrome operating system laptop that can connect each learner with their teacher and other students or experts, with real-world contexts for learning, multimedia resources, software for learning and online tools and applications.
With a connected, mobile netbook, learners can communicate with teachers and peers about learning activities. They can respond to and keep records of feedback, including multimedia records of their learning and assessment. They have anywhere, anytime access to work in progress and evidence of their learning, as well as to personal digital spaces for ongoing reflections on learning.
Over the course of 2014 and 2015, we had consultation meetings and surveys regarding the various options regarding digital devices in the classrooms. The consensus was that in-class devices would be most suitable for our Year 3 and Year 4 students. This has proved to be very successful as there is minimal damage to the devices, all devices are easily available when required and the devices are always charged.
In the past we have encountered problems with many Year 5 and 6 students not bringing their BYO devices regularly or sufficiently charged for the learning activities for the day. This directly impacts the learning opportunities within the classroom.
Due to the success of the in-class device program this year we will ensure that all students in Years 3 - 5 have access to an in-class device in 2018. This program will be rolled into Year 6 in 2019 and BYO devices will be phased out at this time.
The computer levy for Years 3 - 5 is $105 for the year and will provide the students with the use of the in-class device, maintenance, support, warranty and insurance. This will be debited to your family account in 2018.
Students are currently being taught about digital citizenship and their responsibilities as users of technology.
Should you wish to find out more about what is required to be taught in Digital Technologies from Pre-Primary to Year 6, please click here.
Click here to access our Student Computer Use Code of Conduct Agreement. This needs to be signed by the students and returned to the school office.