DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AT SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
1:1 iPAD PROGRAM:
At St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, we have access to 1:1 iPads across the school from Year 1 through to Year 6, with banks of shared iPads available for small groups in Kindy and Pre-Primary. Access to this sort of technology provides a valuable opportunity for our children to become responsible digital citizens for our future society.
In Years 1-3, iPads are accessed only at school, whereas from Year 4-6, the iPads are used at school and home. As with any teaching resource, the iPad is a tool to enhance the teaching and learning cycle to assist in building creative and innovative learners. Our aim is to use the technology to enrich and redefine learning experiences across the curriculum.
USE OF IPADS
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The St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School (SFOA) ICT Acceptable Use and Code of Conduct Agreement that relates specifically to the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School iPad Program. It supports our school value of fostering 21st Century Learners. As a school, we endeavour to utilise (where possible and practicable) technology to enhance education and prepare our students for the future. The document's purpose is to ensure that students are aware of their responsibilities when using their iPad at school or home.
The image below shows what will be displayed on each student’s iPad lock screen. It is a summary of the iPad contract and indicates that every time they open their iPad they are agreeing to terms and conditions of the iPad contract.
As part of our belief in preparing our students for the future as 21st Century learners, we have developed an innovative and varied Robotics Program available to students across the year levels. The school is well resourced with technology compatible with and working beyond iPads. Equipment such as Ozobots, Spheros, Microbits and EV3s are used within the classroom to facilitate deeper concept learning and to give students’ learning experiences a real-world connection.
Provide a robotics resource for each year level across the school which can be accessed and confidently taught by classroom teachers.
GIFTED AND TALENTED
The Gifted and Talented Program at Saint Francis of Assisi is known as the H.O.T.S. (Higher Order Thinking Skills Program) and is designed identify and challenge those who think differently or a little ‘outside the box’. This program provides greater depth and challenge to students by offering ‘extension’ and giving them additional higher order thinking tasks with a multidisciplinary focus on creative and critical thinking skills. There is also a strong focus on catering for the social-emotional needs that are unique to gifted children. Click here to read more about the Gifted & Talented program offered at Saint Francis of Assisi.
At Saint Francis of Assisi we use JAMF School to manage school iPads and distribute apps for use within lessons. JAMF School is a ‘Mobile Device Management’ system which allows teachers the control over just how a student’s iPad is used. It has a range of features which allows it to 'Lock in' apps or specified websites for an allocated time. It also allows restrictions to be easily placed on iPads within the classroom or home, enabling distractions to be minimised and indeed e-safety made paramount.
Apple Classroom allows teachers to monitor student progress and keep them on track. With Apple Classroom, teachers can easily launch the same app on every student iPad at the same time or launch a different app for individual groups of students. Apple Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching, so students can focus on learning.
Examples of teacher use of Apple Classroom:
Assign Shared iPads to students
Start, focus, or pause student work
Launch any app, website, or book
Lock into a single app to help students focus
Lock screens to pause work or refocus your class
Mute audio on student devices
See what the students see with Screen View
Share documents and links with the class using AirDrop
Share student work on the classroom Apple TV
Reset forgotten passwords
Organize students using groups
Click on this link to read different National Safety Online Posters that have been created to guide parents and guardians with online safety.
Follow this link to read the Online Safety Guide created by eSafety Commissioner. This guide covers some of the key online safety issues for young people and includes a range of practical tips and advice on what to do if things go wrong. You can also find a list of important services that can offer extra support.
Below are some hyperlinks that will take you to some information videos on the most commonly used apps at our school.
Teams & OneNote