Digital Technology at St Mary's School
Google for Education
In 2016, St Mary’s School, became a Google for Education School in collaboration with the Catholic Education Office Melbourne. With the use of Chromebooks, Google Apps and GSuite for Education teachers and students have been able to create, collaborate, distribute assignments, send and receive feedback in a way which was previously unachievable.
Our students work is stored on their Google Drive (cloud based) which is secured and managed by our Information Technology provider, PlexusIT. All student online activity is monitored. Our staff, parents and students abide by a strict ‘Information Communication Technology and Digital Technology Policy’ and ‘Social Media and Digital Use Policy’ to ensure the safety, privacy of all school members and the responsible use of technology.
At St Mary’s, School, we support the right of all members of the school community to access safe and inclusive learning environments, including digital and online spaces.
At St Mary’s School, we;
have programs in place to educate our students to be safe and responsible users of digital technologies
provide information about digital access issues such as online privacy, intellectual property, and copyright
supervise and support students using digital technologies in the classroom
use clear protocols and procedures to protect students working in online spaces
provide a filtered internet service to block inappropriate content
use online sites and digital tools that support students’ learning
address issues or incidents that have the potential to impact on the wellbeing of our students
support parents and caregivers to understand the safe and responsible use of digital technologies and strategies that can be implemented at home.
(extract - St Mary’s Acceptable Use Agreement)
Our Current User Infrastructure
At the end of 2019, St Mary’s implementing a Technology Device Plan to upgrade our current student Chromebooks, Desktop Computers and iPads. 100 Chromebooks were purchased, which are currently shared between our Year 3 to Year 6 classes at a ratio of less than 1:2 students. A further, 25 Desktop Computers were purchased, which are currently in sets of five in each of our Foundation to Year 2 classes. 36 iPads were purchased, which are in sets of 8 in our Foundation to Year 2 classes. In 2018, staff members were issued new laptop computers to support the learning and teaching, with an emphasis on developing online communication with students, parents, and colleagues. All classrooms currently have interactive whiteboards and our Computer Lab is fitted out with 22 desktop computers.
The purchase of devices are based on the understanding that a technology device is a tool to increase engagement and achievement; not a replacement for a caring, passionate and driven teacher.