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Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
ICT (Information and Communications Technology) is a well-resourced and researched area at Diamond Creek Primary School. The ICT program encompasses the Digital Technologies Curriculum where students become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the incorporation and further development of their thinking and problem-solving skills. In the Design and Technology area students put their knowledge into practice by investigating, generating and refining ideas, planning and managing these ideas and producing and evaluating their designs.
Our ICT program at each level is engaging, challenging and thought provoking. Some of the tools used at Diamond Creek Primary School include:
A learning tool used in all classrooms where students are visually stimulated and engaged through the touch screen. Our Interactive Whiteboards are coupled with Apple TV’s and other devises, so that students can easily and quite naturally share their work.
Students in Foundation to Grade 4 have access to a specific set of apps with a class bank of iPads which accompany and are integrated into the learning experiences in all curriculum areas. In Grades 5 and 6 we have a 1:1 iPad program where students use their own iPad as a tool for learning and as a devise for storage of their work, becoming a personal electronic learning log or portfolio of work samples.
Computer (netbook) banks in all classrooms are used for the teaching of programs such as Microsoft Office, Lego Digital Designer and Pivot Animator, to name just a few.
The 3D printer is used in a variety of ways. One example being in the Grade 5 and 6 area, where students participate in a movie making unit printing out a small characters as they use a Stop Motion App to create a short movie to show the school.
In the Grade 3 and 4 area students are thoroughly engaged in their learning which is enhanced by the use of Bee Bots, Edison Robots, Lego and coding software to explore and problem-solve in the world of robotics.
Green Screen Area
This simple area is used with exceptionally high efficiency, resulting in students enhancing their video and movie-making experiences. In the Grade 5 and 6 area for example, students use the green screen resource to explore and use video-creating Apps.
In addition to developing an understanding of the impact of their digital footprint, Cyber safety at Diamond Creek Primary School is of highest priority for our students. Each year level participates in a program designed to educate students about how to stay safe online. It promotes open discussion and sharing about the Digital World. Diamond Creek Primary School is proud to be a fully accredited part of the eSmart community led by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, which encourages regular review of Cyber safety protocols.
Through our programs students acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems, data and information and the processes associated with creating digital solutions so they can take up an active role in meeting current and future needs.