Information Communication and Technology Policy

 

Rationale:

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the hardware and software that enables data to be digitally processed, stored and communicated. ICT can be used to access, process, manage and present information; model and control events; construct new understanding; and communicate with others. The need to be conversant in ICT and to be able to control ICT to your own advantage has never been more important, and will become increasingly vital in the lives of all people. 

Aims:

Information and Communications Technology focuses on providing students with the tools to transform their learning and to enrich their learning environment. The knowledge, skills and behaviours identified for this domain enable students to: 

  •  develop new thinking and learning skills that produce creative and innovative insights
  •  develop more productive ways of working and solving problems individually and collaboratively
  •  create information products that demonstrate their understanding of concepts, issues,
  • relationships and processes
  •  express themselves in contemporary and socially relevant ways communicate locally and globally to solve problems and to share knowledge
  • understand the implications of the use of ICT and their social and ethical responsibilities as users of ICT.

Implementation:

The ICT domain is an essential component of the Interdisciplinary Learning strand of the AusVELS. 

  • All students at our school will study a sequential ICT program which is taught by a specialist Information and Communications Technology (ICT) teacher in a fully equipped ICT Lab.
  • The students at our school have computers available in the classroom and mobile Macbooks to allow the integration of ICT within all areas of the curriculum.
  • The ICT program will be based upon the learning focus standards contained within the Victorian Essential Learning Standards.
  • Student’s individual abilities must be measured at the commencement of each unit of work, and learning opportunities must be provided that cater for the identified needs of each student.
  • ICT activities that reflect the topics being studied at school and support the Literacy and Numeracy Programs, and are appropriate to each child’s ability, will form a regular component of each student’s program.
  • Student progress in all three dimensions of ICT will be reported in half and end of year academic reports.
  • A ICT Coordinator will oversee the implementation of ICT across the school, and carry out the assessment of ICT in the school.

Substantial budgets that provide for the needs of the ICT program, including the ICT centre, pods and professional development will be developed by the ICT coordinator and Committee in consultation with all staff and resourced by school council.