Technology at GWSPS is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. We have invested in more mobile devices which allow for greater flexibility in how technology is used in our classrooms.
We provide access to:
- Smart TV’s
- Interactive whiteboards
- Desk tops
Teachers aim to include the use of these technologies in their everyday planning across all subjects. We educate our students to be safe and responsible users of digital technologies.
Foundation classes have access to a mixture of desktop computers, netbooks and iPads, allowing them to begin developing the computing skills that they will use as they move forward through the school, while also giving them access to mobile technology which they use in a variety of learning activities.
Students in Levels 1 and 2 have access to banks of netbooks and ipads which are used regularly in engaging learning activities both in and out of the classroom. The mobile nature of these devices means that students are able to participate in a much broader range of collaborative activities, as well as using the devices for individual research or publishing when needed.
In Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6, GWSPS implements a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) iPad program. BYOD refers to students bringing a personally-owned device to school for the purpose of learning. There are different models of BYOD programs. At Glen Waverley South Primary School we have chosen a BYOD model that works solely with iPads. We call it the GWSPS BYO iPad Program because the one and only device that students can bring to school is the iPad. Whilst this program is optional it is strongly encouraged that students participate in this program.
Like all learning tools, the iPad is not used exclusively to complete learning tasks. It does not replace the tools we already use such as books, pens, paper, netbooks and desktop computers. The iPad is a companion device. The advantage of the iPad is its mobility and ease of use. It is the perfect tool to help students expand their learning experience by providing them with an instant gateway to a multitude of resources. The iPad also allows students to document and reflect on their learning in a range of exciting ways.
Students and classes across the school use a number of educational programs and websites on a regular basis. These include:
- Edmodo and Google Docs for the administration of homework, sharing resources related to learning and communicating with teachers
- Class Blogs for sharing our learning with a wider audience including parents and providing feedback to other classes via comments
- Mathletics and Reading Eggs are subscribed by the school for students use in class and at home to develop their skills in Mathematics and English.
BYO iPad Program
For more information about our BYO iPad Program, visit: http://gwspsbyodipad.weebly.com/
Students in Levels 3 to 6 have the opportunity to participate in Robotics classes run by the ICT Captains and facilitated by our ICT Coordinator.
These classes are based around the Lego education kits Mindstorms, Simple and Powered Machines and the Green City Challenge.
Robotics classes help develop the students' analytical thinking, problem solving and introduce them to basic programming language as they write and test simple computer programming language to get their creations moving.
Creating a Family Usage Agreement
Having new technology in the house can lead to different challenges regarding time and length of use, cybersafety and much more.
Creating a Family Usage Agreement, which covers acceptable behaviours for children and parents, helps put guidelines in place that both children and parents can agree on.
Ideally, spend some time negotiating the different areas of use with your child, and encourage them to make sensible choices about their use. Each family will prioritise different behaviours depending on their situation, so no two Family Usage Agreements will be exactly alike.
Click below to download a blank form which you can print and display at home. If you already have an agreement, you might like to formalise it in this way, or you may like to review your agreement after a certain amount of time (every 6 months, for example).
Click the link below for an example document which has already been filled in.