St Columbkille's is a technology-rich environment. We place a high level of importance on the use of technology and its impact on the changing nature of learning for students. As such, the presence and effective use of Information, Communication and Learning Technology (ICLT) is a key feature of our contemporary classrooms.
Students from Kindergarten to Year 4 have access to pods of iPads and computers which enable students and teachers to create, collaborate and communicate in a digital world. These are used to consolidate basic skills but more importantly, they are used to innovate, plan and create across a variety of Key Learning Areas.
Students in Year 5 and Year 6 classes are 1:1 iPad learning environments, meaning students bring their own iPad to school (termed BYODD: Bring Your Own Dedicated Device) to aid in their learning each day.
All classrooms utilise whole-class devices for learning, including SMART Boards and/or LCD TVs. This enable teachers to design highly visual lessons to support student learning across all facets of the curriculum.
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.
St Columbkille'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, Year 5 and Year 6 classes are 1:1 iPad learning environments. 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.
Please also view our Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement, which each student and parent/carer is asked to sign at the commencement of each year.
Each iPad should be running the latest operating system and it's advisable that the iPad be backed up either to a computer or to iCloud so in the case of loss or damage, the data can be retrieved and/or restored. Read more about iPads at school.
Apps for Students
Some apps will be purchased and gifted to students. The redeem voucher number will be emailed to the student's DOW Google email account. When there are new apps available, parents and students will be notified.
Some free apps to be downloaded include:
Digital citizenship is a priority at St Columbkille's, with all students participating in learning experiences that equip them with the tools necessary to be just and informed digital citizens who are responsible, respectful, lifelong users of technology.
We are a nationally accredited eSmart school, where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communication technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are empowered to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.
All classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 are taught Digital Citizenship under the five domains, embedded within the learning and teaching at St Columbkille's:
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.