At North Fitzroy Primary School we take seriously the challenge of educating students for a digital world. Developing high level skills in using Information and Communication Technologies will allow them to participate effectively in the economic, social, political, artistic and social world of the new millennium.
In Prep, our students are using ipod touches to make movies about people in their neighbourhood, to film the city that they live in, and to record comments on the blogs of other people through their teacher controlled classroom blogs. In the MacLab they use laptops in literacy groups, read Dr Suess and other stories on ipods and ipads, and teach each other to write and spell using a range of “apps” like photo babble. Turning on, logging in/out, sitting properly and internet safety are also skills taught in relation to using computers.
In Grades One and Two there is a continued focus on class blogging, and students modelling various “apps” on ipads/ipods. After participating in the school concert, students devise their own concert, using ipods to film and reflect on their work. Students create their own music score using GarageBand, and use imovie to make their own trailers, advertising, and action movies. They also learn to add microphones to the ipods. They continue to use ipods and ipads to develop literacy and numeracy skills.
One of our expert ICT teachers also runs a blog which is updated regularly with reviews on different iPad apps that can be used to assist children with their learning. It is a great blog and resource if you would like to support and extend your child at home.
Grades Three and Four build on the work in the earlier grades and in addition are using ICT to communicate a message to the community (about waste management), incorporating social media, videos, an exhibition on the class blog, project management tools, and Well Wisher. They also begin their own personal blog to upload their work in various subject areas for their parents to view.
Grades Five and Six continue their own blogs on an area of personal expertise. They make greater use of project management tools as they develop transdisciplinary projects (Rich Learning Projects) alongside focussed studies in Maths, English, The Arts, Sport & PE and Italian. They also use a variety of different reflection and sharing tools, for example using ipods to act as roving reporters concerning matters of personal interest. At this level, students are also introduced to serious online gaming, for example using CIV IV to learn History, Strategic Thinking and Politics, and Sim City to Learn Economics, Maths and Town Planning.