Learning Technologies

Vision for Technology
Digital literacy and technology is fundamental to any child’s success in our technology rich society. Students are equipped with generic technical skills so that they can apply and adapt to meet new challenges. Equally important are critical thinking and social skills that enable students to become effective “Digital Citizens”.

Our approach to the use of technology is based on the premise that technology is a tool for supporting student learning, new technologies are not an end in themselves. To that end we want technology to support …

  • students in becoming reflective, independent lifelong learners, critical thinkers and creative problem solvers;
  • the development of assessment and reporting systems;
  • our strategy for developing literacy skills across the curriculum;
  • our approaches to meeting the specific learning needs of individual students.

Laptop programme
As students increasingly draw on digital literacy skills and technology to support and evidence their learning, the nature of education changes. At Island School we have implemented a laptop scheme.

As a compliment to the introduction of the technology we have also been developing our Digital Literacy education
provision to support and develop appropriate attitudes and behaviour towards technology use.

Click here for further information on laptop requirements, laptop purchasing and guidance on potential issues around laptop use.

Teaching and Learning Technology
As student capability with technology develops earlier and as technology changes rapidly, it is essential that our curriculum responds to these changing needs.

The Taught Curriculum
The ability of students to define their information needs, generate and evaluate information sources, extract what they need and create new meaning using digital tools is central to what we try to develop in students, and it is our belief that students need to learn both through and about technology in order to achieve these aims. Island School maintains Digital Literacy lessons in Years 7 and 8 as well as encouraging the appropriate application of technology to all other areas of the curriculum.  This model not only builds a firm foundation of skills but also puts these skills into a variety of learning contexts which encourage the application of what students know.

Years 7 & 8
The curriculum in Years 7 and 8 is underpinned by the International Education Award. Students reflect on ideas such as the reliability of information, development and interpretation of media messages and the relationship between society and technology for an important part of the assessment approach.

Years 9-11
Students complete the IE Award in Applied ICT. Students evidence their work through the development of an e-portfolio blog over 3 years which forms the basis of the assessment.