Runcorn Heights State School is committed to the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital technologies.
Research indicates that our students who are living in a rapidly changing world will engage with various technological opportunities in primary and secondary school and beyond as they continue to prepare for jobs or careers that may not exist.
This means that the development of 21st century skills are more important to students now than ever before. These skills will not only provide a framework for successful learning in the classroom, but engage students in learning that can support them to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.
Our aim is for our students to become adaptable, effective and ethical users of technology to learn, create and communicate. With this in mind, it is critical that we continue to further develop 21st century skills to successfully transition our students into secondary school and prepare them for a constantly changing future.
Vision for 21st century skills
Our whole school approach is one that embeds the Technologies curriculum whilst making explicit connections between key learning areas and 21st century skills.
Young Queenslanders in the 21st century need to be:
QCAA General syllabuses are underpinned by the skills students need in the 21st century:
collaboration and teamwork
personal and social skills
Information Communication Technology skills.
(Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority 2020)
Our digital journey
Runcorn Heights State School has been using digital technology since 2013 with the implementation of some iPads and other digital tools in classrooms. In 2018, one class per year level from Years 1-6 became a pilot class in trialling the 'Bring your own Device' (BYOD) program to school for the purpose of learning. This program formed the first 'iPad classes' in the school. This was further extended in 2019 to create two iPad classes per year level from Years 1-6. The creation of two iPad classes per year level was maintained in 2020.
Impact of Learning@Home
More recently, our students and families were faced with digital technology demands and challenges as you engaged with Learning@Home materials during the educational restrictions imposed due to COVID-19. From this experience our students, parents and carers, staff and community members were compelled to learn new ways of working and the positive outcomes were improved skills around many facets of technology. We now have increased knowledge and understandings about the effective use of digital technologies to support learning, not just games or apps in isolation.
Our digital future
For the future, Runcorn Heights State School aims to position itself further as a school that provides a technology rich learning environment. Our school believes that technology should not be driving learning, rather providing opportunities for problem solving and collaboration. We believe digital technologies provide students with practical opportunities to use design thinking and to be innovative developers of digital solutions and knowledge. We also believe that digital technologies provide students with learning challenges that foster curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation and creativity. To do this at Runcorn Heights State School we believe it is important that we maximise student engagement in and access to digital resources to ensure that we best prepare our students for the 21st century.
In light of this information a decision has been made to implement a BYO iPad Program across all classes in Years 1-6 in 2021. This means that students in all Year 1-6 classes will be offered an opportunity to be a part of this program to bring their own iPad. These digital tools will support students in various ways to access curriculum content and 21st century skills.
Our Prep students will use technological tools, including iPads, but they will not be offered this opportunity to be a part of the BYO iPad Program in 2021. Prep students will be provided with access to technological tools by the school.
For this journey to be successful we would like to seek your feedback to continue to action plan according to community needs.
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