Providing the opportunity to experience a variety of technology and platforms to scaffold learning
Our ICT Strategy
St Michael's Collegiate School professionally advances the uses of ICT in the curriculum. Our focus is to educate students who excel in a 21st century world. Our school embeds ICT through all aspects of student learning and development and also seeks approval from the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification to have its Year 11/12 students accredited with the ‘ICT Tick’ for the Tasmanian Certificate of Education
St Michael's Collegiate School has developed a three stage ICT plan that supports our schools within schools ethos. This model had been developed with the individual stages of students in mind and seeks to provide experience with using a variety of technology and platforms to scaffold learning. Once students leave St Michael's Collegiate School they will have the skills needed to collaborate on a global scale, understand the dangers and strengths of an online economy and select the appropriate technology tool to suit their needs.
Underpinning all of the technology utilised at St Michael's Collegiate School is a strong infrastructure and qualified and dedicated ICT team. The School utilises a high speed internet connection coupled with extensive internal server and network infrastructure to support all aspects of teaching and learning.
St Michael's Collegiate School has three distinct ICT programs that support the three E’s model and the use of technology through the curriculum. These programs are designed to guide students through their stages of education, starting out with a closed environment that is managed by the School and guided by the class teacher, through to a full BYOD program, where students are encouraged, with the support of the School, to select the technology that is appropriate for their subject preferences and study habits.
Notebook computers are compulsory for all Middle School students (Year 5 to Year 8). Collegiate has negotiated special pricing and specifications for the approved device - Lenovo Yoga11e (refer flyer below).
Senior School students (Year 9 to Year 12) participate in our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
The Collegiate Model
The model that St Michael's Collegiate School has integrated across all three campuses is the three E’s model - Engage, Excite and Encourage as outlined below.
The purpose of these three stages are as follows:
Engage: Junior School students are often entering their school life with limited use of technology. Recent research shows that by the time a student is enrolled in Kinder they have had access to technology (75%) and that number has been growing, but this access has usually been limited to playing games and watching videos. The idea of technology in these formative years is to engage students in thinking. Teaching them to think beyond what they are used to. For example, tablets are not just content consumption devices, but they can be used to create rich multimedia content. The formative years are essentially a time where children are taught to explore the possibilities that technology offers and to be guided in how to use technology to its full extent, as an extension of everyday life. At this stage students use a school device as directed by their teacher. The devices are managed by the School and provide a consistent look and feel to all students.
Excite: Once students enter the middle years, technology should naturally be a tool that they use when faced with a problem. This can range from using a devices inbuilt camera to record certain events, to using different collaboration tools and searching the Internet for information. The middle years are then aimed at exciting students by the possibilities of technology. They gain access to their own personal device which they can use in any way they see fit. The device is still provisioned with standard software but students can configure their device and install other software as they please. Students should be taught to find new ways of using the device and have some limited freedom to find the technology and options that fit the task at hand. By the end of the middle years, students should be excited by the possibilities that technology can offer.
Encourage: At the start of the senior years, students should be able to utilise technology as a tool, they should have the skills and abilities to look after their own technology and also select the best technology for the task at hand. In this way, the senior years is about encouraging students to use technology in new ways. They have the freedom, within a pre-defined scope, to use any technology that they see fit. They should be encouraged to try new things, and take risks using technology, knowing that they have the backing and support of teachers, ICT and the School community. Students should leave the senior year, and the School, with an embedded understanding of how to use technology across all aspects of their life, and how to engage with technology on all levels, personally, socially and professionally.
Other School ICT Learning Activities
St Michael's Collegiate School also offers a number of extra and co-curricular activities that have an emphasis on ICT. Recently a number of teams entered the Young ICT Explorers Competition. Of the 5 teams entered from the Junior School we received a 1st and a 3rd. One Senior School team came 2nd. One of our Junior School teams also won the People's Choice.
The School has also entered the Lego Mindstorm Robotics competition, and continues to run a Lego Robotics club. The School has an ‘ICT Student Leaders’ group who work with the ICT Department in diagnosing and repairing computer issues experienced by their peers.
Other School Technology
Virtual Learning Environment
This year the School was delighted to launch myCollegiate – the online learning management system that supports Collegiate’s Teaching and Learning Framework. It has quickly become central to how our students access learning materials, submit work and track timetables and events.
We were delighted to present a further extension of myCollegiate – our new Parent Portal.
The Parent Portal will ultimately become your key access point for student information. The full functionality of the Parent Portal will be rolled out in stages. Stage 1 involves streamlining our communications to support the efficient and timely delivery of information. From our launch date of 22 August, all official Collegiate communications will be housed on the Parent Portal. The only communication you will now receive in hard copy is anything requiring a signature or that needs to be returned to the School. Over time, hard copy communications will be phased out, with parents and guardians being able to give permission for activities directly through the portal itself.
Subsequent stages will provide you with student workflow, assessments and reporting information. We are developing myCollegiate to become the only place you need to go to access your daughter’s daily school life.
Collegiate's information and communication technologies are provided for educational, communication and research purposes for all members of the School community. The School has the dual responsibility to maximise the benefits of these technologies, while at the same time minimising the risk. The primary purpose of these technologies is to provide access to the vast number of online and local resources that support the School and its students in achieving strong learning outcomes.