Learning about technologies and the ways that they impact on the lives of people and societies globally is a focus in our curriculum. In a rapidly changing world learning to understand the development and use of technologies and the potential of technology to provide solutions to complex challenges is essential.
The study of technology covers two areas:
- Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
- Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions. (Australian Curriculum, Technology)
Learning within technologies is structured so that students have opportunities to:
- investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions
- work collaboratively and individually
- work with a variety of materials, systems, data and tools
- create and innovate
- make ethical and informed decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies
Design and Technology opportunities are taught in conjunction with inquiry learning.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) is integrated across all curriculum areas with an emphasis on using it to extend children's thinking and creativity. It can be an essential communication and learning tool for children with disabilities.
The teaching of Information and Communication Technology skills is integrated across learning areas with an emphasis on using it to extend children's thinking and creativity. We aim to:
- explicitly teach students how to use a range of information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to support their thinking, learning and communication
- develop confidence and a sense of enjoyment in using ICT for different purposes
- develop an appreciation of the responsible, legal and ethical use of information resulting in responsible digital citizens
- use ICT to support inquiry as students engage in building understandings that contribute to their success as life-long learners in the digital age
At Turner School, we are increasing the access students have to contemporary technologies to support their learning. Classrooms and preschool rooms are fitted with interactive boards and our school is set up with a wireless network enabling laptops and iPads to be used flexibly.
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for free. It is designed to provide opportunities for students to research and create in authentic contexts, collaborate, communicate, cloud based data storage as well as organisational tools such as calendars. It allows the opportunity for real-time feedback from both peers and the classroom teacher. Google Apps for Education can be accessed on any device both in the classroom and the home. To view more information on the use of GAFE at Turner School and the Privacy information, please follow this link: Google Apps for Education Student Privacy Information.