Information and Communications Technology

Westgarth Primary School prepares students with the skills required for success in the 21st Century. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is embedded across all curriculum areas and promotes student engagement to ensure students achieve their best and are motivated participants in their individual learning journeys. Students are supported in the use of ICT to problem-solve, think creatively, create, express themselves and communicate, both locally and globally. Teaching staff are supported in the use of ICT in the classroom with collegiate visits, peer observations and the provision of up-to-date classroom resources, and co-ordination by the ICT teacher.


All classes have access to an Interactive Whiteboard or Smart TV, which are utilised for such learning tasks as engaging students with interactive texts, Literacy and Numeracy activities and web research relating to specific units of Inquiry. The school aims to provide confidence for students using a range of both Apple and Windows devices, including iPads, Microsoft Surface Tablets, laptops and desktop PCs.


The school’s ongoing objective is to provide a consistent whole-school program in which ICT is embedded in all areas of student learning, while simultaneously keeping abreast of current trends and latest developments.


eSmart 

Westgarth Primary School is undertaking work to become an eSmart School.

 

What is an eSmart school?

An eSmart school is a school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.

 

What is eSmart?

eSmart is a series of cultural change interventions developed by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, aimed at creating positive, respectful and inclusive cultures which reduce bullying and cyberbullying and increase online safety.

 

Why is Westgarth becoming an eSmart School?

Westgarth Primary School believes the teaching of safe and responsible use of technology, especially when online, is essential in the lives of students and is best taught in partnership between home and school.

21st century students spend increasing amounts of time online, learning and collaborating. To be safe online and to gain the greatest benefit from the learning opportunities provided through an online environment, students must understand their responsibilities and do the right thing by themselves and others online, particularly when no one is watching.

eSmart is a part of The KidsMatter initiative we are also undertaking to ensure the great mental health and wellbeing of our students.

 

How do you become an eSmart School?

Westgarth has already started the journey to becoming an eSmart school. You would have read, signed and returned an Acceptable Use of ICT form, this is one aspect of becoming an eSmart school.

 

Further to this, we will also be:
  • increasing the cybersafety knowledge of

 o parents, through parent information nights,

 o staff, through staff PD sessions, and

 o students, though explicit instruction of areas of cybersafety

  • updating a range of relevant policies
  • creating an Digital Learning Committee (parents welcome!)