Technologies 2020 Annual Report
In 2020 online learning was successfully implemented and delivered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The online learning journal platform, Seesaw was purchased to assist teachers to deliver the curriculum to students at home. All students were provided with a year level ‘Learning Grid’. This provided individualised codes to access online resources including Seesaw, Mathletics, Soundwaves, Studyladder and Typing.com. Online communication between parents and teachers was conducted via Seesaw as teachers posted announcements, sent daily work plans and individually messaged parents. Staff participated in an intensive series of professional learning sessions in order to provide a quality distance educational program and to familiarise them with the Seesaw platform. Families with limited access to online resources were further supported with the provision of printed work packages. Additionally, 15 School Surface Pros were loaned to families with no access to a computer to assist them to access the online curriculum provided. As students returned to school following COVID-19 shutdowns, the focus on developing and using digital technologies to support learning has continued with significant developments in technology-supported teaching.
All computers have successfully been updated to Windows 10. This upgrade led to the purchase of 18 new computers across the school. A new laptop was bought, which now allows for the use of the Arts centre projector. Larissa Waghorn applied and received a grant of $25000 and $5000 in 2019, which allowed for a range of new resources for Technologies to be purchased. Some of the items included Osmo’s, Bee Bots, Bee Bot Mats, microphones and even a 3D printer.
The school runs regular Technology Cafes to support staff development. These sessions are facilitated by the Technology Committee and utilise the skills of current staff to support and develop those of their colleagues. In 2020 these sessions included the use of Seesaw, Ikon, Bright Path, Kahoot, Reporting and Green Screen. Teachers also took part in an interactive information session run by Larissa Waghorn, where all staff were able to practice their skills at using robots such as Bee Bots, Sphero, Edisons and Lego EV3 Mindstorm. This has led to some exciting projects been completed by many classes using digital technologies throughout the year.
In Semester 1 teachers were focused on Design Technologies. A new range of teacher resource books were purchased to add the school’s professional resource library. These teacher guides have supported teachers further to integrate design technology activities into their learning programs. Students have been using hands on approaches, along with problem solving skills, to design, build, test and improve their set projects.
The Technology marking rubrics are used as a whole school assessment tool, which continues to ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are covered in a consistent, moderated manner. This tool also allows us to monitor student achievement and progress in Technologies, as well as adjusting teaching and planning to improve student learning. We have planned for and begun the progression of replacing teachers' interactive whiteboards, with the purchase and installation of SMART TVs. This exciting new resource will allow teachers to mirror directly from an iPad to the TV. Aligning with the expectations of the Technology Curriculum, a whole school Cyber Safety curriculum is in the developmental stages and is planned to be implemented in 2021. Lessons will be designed for every year level and information session for parents will be provided.
Our Robotics Club continued in 2020. This was due to Larissa Waghorn and Jennifer Liedermoy volunteering their own time to run and organise it. Keen to build on the success they had in both 2018 and 2019, there is an enthusiastic group of students from Years 5 and 6. With the purchase of 5 new We Do lego kits, we plan to extend our Robotics Club to cater to years 3 and 4.
Chantelle Murray – Technologies Coordinator
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