Digital Technologies is an integral part of the learning and teaching at St Joseph’s.  We strive to educate students about technology tools that can transform and enrich their education.  Digital tools allow students to be creative, collaborative and in control of their own learning.  We are constantly looking for ways that students can be engaged and driven.  Digital learning opens these doors to St Joseph’s students.

We have a bank of 32 iPads, 96 laptops, robotic Lego,  and a 3D printer.  St Joseph’s has a B.Y.O.D. (bring your own device) program.  In 2016 students in grades 5/6 have begun  bringing their own HP Chromebooks.  These are used both at school and at home.  This enables a contemporary curriculum to flow through to all subjects. Students have access to these tools in all learning spaces as well as at home to enhance all areas of the curriculum. ICT can be seen throughout the whole school:

Grade Prep, 1 and 2 children are learning to program their own stories and animations.  As well as this they use apps that can explore topics and extend their thinking. They use the internet to investigate and research and also use programs that assist with their literacy and numeracy as well as publishing word processing.

Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students are part of the Google Apps for Education suite. Google Apps is a collection of applications that promote communication and collaboration for students and allows them to work from any device on documents and projects.  These middle and senior students create their own forms, websites and slides, just to name a few.  Using this platform allows these middle and senior students to be part of a global community and use new tools to keep them engaged.

St Joseph’s students also take part in Cyber safety lessons which are included throughout the curriculum.  Through this, students understand the implications of the use of ICT and their social and ethical responsibilities as users of ICT.

St Joseph’s is on its way to becoming an eSmart School by the end of 2016. eSmart is an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation it uses a cultural change approach to improve cyber safety, increase digital literacy and reduce cyber bullying across Australian schools.

St Joseph’s students, parents and staff ensure that we follow our Digital Technology Policy and user agreements.  We also request permission for the publication of student work and photographs and a standard collection notice for student and families personal information as stated under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth.)