Technology at HVGS isn’t ‘tech for tech sake’. It’s used purposefully and safely to enhance teaching and learning, collaboration and creative thinking.
We fully understand that technology is ubiquitous and necessary for young people. It’s important to how they connect, create, express and how they learn.
The reality for our young people is that their world of work may involve working for many different employers, across time and distance in jobs that don’t yet exist. They need to be ready for that.
Developing digital literacy
The digital revolution is here and ever evolving so we’re teaching the digital literacy skills and capabilities our students need to be digital problem solvers, communicators and creators – armed with a individualised digital ‘toolkit’ at the ready. We’re doing this by:
- Creating and communicating using multimedia tools.
- Developing virtual environments and game-based learning opportunities.
- Utilising online collaboration tools.
- Critically evaluating online resources for accuracy of information.
- Designing solutions to real world scenarios using code.
- Building and using robotic technology.
- Exploring emerging technologies.
- Applying digital skills within real world contexts, across subject areas.
The online safety of our students is embedded in our teaching and wellbeing programs from the very early years.
Explicit cybersafety education helps HVGS students understand their responsibilities in acting appropriately and respectfully to keep themselves and others safe and to detect and report possible threats online.
We’re an accredited eSmart School. eSmart provides a framework for schools to address bullying and cyber issues so that students feel safer and more supported at school.
What devices do we use?
- In the Early Learning Centre, students have a small number of iPad’s to use for simple hands-on learning games.
Students K – 4 access the School’s iPad cluster. There’s two trolleys of twenty-five iPad’s per year group. Desktop mini-labs are also used in the classroom.
Years 5 and 6 are supplied with one-to-one school specified Windows devices for classroom use.
- In Years 7 – 12 students are responsible for supplying their own device as part of the school’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme.
A technology-rich environment ensures that student learning is consistent, contemporary and always accessible.
Students access the internet and digital resources via our school-wide wireless network. Computing facilities include multiple computer labs with desktops and laptop trolleys, a music technology lab and recording studio, a green room and library technology lab.
Filters and firewalls keep students safe from unsavoury content while at school.
Technology in the curriculum
Here’s just an example of the ways we use technology:
- Our preschoolers have been learning about programming. They are using simple code to send Blue Bot Robots on basic directional based adventures.
- In the Junior School, technology is embedded across key learning areas and in inquiry based learning units. Our Green Screen Studio is a creative hub for students to explore digital storytelling and create and share digital content in new and interesting ways. In 2019, work will commence on a new P – 6 STEAM Lab.
- Students in Years 7 and 8 participate in a STEM program – a joint undertaking with the Mathematics, Technical and Applied Studies and Science faculties. Through the program, students experience the design cycle and the implementation of a project, tool or model.
- Technology electives are available for students in Years 9 and 10. Design and Technology, Industrial Technology Engineering and Information Software Technology are all on offer.
- HSC courses include Design and Technology, Software Design and Development and Engineering Studies.
Our cocurricular technology program is also buzzing and beeping with opportunity.