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Learning in the Digital World

Engaging in the world today is a far different experience to the world some of us grew up in. However, for our Junior School students the digital age is their norm, their way of life. Education for our students therefore embraces the digital world as we explicitly teach students digital literacy skills through the ICT Capability and introduce the Digital Technologies curriculum in the Junior years.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a Capability

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability is embedded across the curriculum as we support our learners to use ICT to investigate, communicate and create with digital technologies. The ICT Capability involves students managing and operating with ICT as they learn to manage and maintain digital data, understand ICT systems and use a range of devices including hardware and software. Students also learn that there are social and ethical protocols when using ICT especially connected to online environments. Through this capability we are supporting our learners to be effective users of digital technologies.

Developing ICT knowledge and skills provides students with control of their learning as they understand how, when, where and what they are learning. The goal of the ICT Capability is to develop students’ confidence to transfer their knowledge and skills across multiple subject areas and contexts. Embedding ICT Capabilities across the Junior school curriculum supports our learners to develop 21st century skills as they analyse data, collaborate with others, conduct research, become critical creative thinkers and problem solvers. Providing students with opportunities to learn digital literacy skills supports learners to engage in a rapidly changing world.

Learning at ATC is enhanced through students access to one to one laptops. The use of individual devices support teachers to design student -centred learning opportunities. Through their access every student has a voice through digital collaboration tools. Office 365 tools have the power to revolutionise teaching practices as they provide access to online learning and collaboration environments. The Junior school are excited and energised to explore online resources and tools that will support our learners to critically reflect, analyse and communicate effectively through online environments.

iSkills

Students in Years 4-6 are further supported to learn digital literacy and skills through library lessons as they engage in iSkills. iSkills supports investigating with ICT through the exploration of digital literacy texts and developing research skills including techniques for locating and storing information in online environments.

Digital Technologies

The Digital Technologies curriculum differs from students learning ICT knowledge and skills. While there is an overlap of some ICT knowledge and skills within the Digital Technologies curriculum this curriculum focuses on providing students with the skills to be developers of digital solutions. The overarching theme of the curriculum is to create preferred futures, supporting students to critically reflect and engage with the latest developments in technology.

Students become creators of digital solutions as they develop knowledge, understanding, process and production skills. With this new curriculum students will use systems thinking, design thinking and computational thinking to create solutions to projects. The Digital Technologies curriculum will engage our learners in developing algorithms for coding, using digital networks and systems, exploring robotics and automation. Students will learn to manage projects while they plan and create digital solutions. This is an exciting time for the Junior school as we engage in a new curriculum for the students.

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship and safety are important aspects of both the ICT Capability and the Digital Technologies curriculum. Students learn about digital safety and citizenship and the importance of being aware of their digital footprint, safe practices and protocols when interacting and communicating in online environments. Learning in the digital world means understanding safety and storing information securely in online environments.

How can parents support students in the digital age?

• Discuss what it means to be a digital citizen by having an awareness of social protocols when communicating online
• Be active and aware of how your son presents their digital footprint
• Be aware and discuss cyber safety, cyberbullying and security online, help students access the risk with online environments
• Engage in technology together through games, blogs, researching eg. consider a family holiday blog to support students with digital literacy and safe ways to communicate online.
• Join us at the ATC Cybersafety hands-on workshop on Thursday 27 February in NJ Hall at 6.30pm and let us help you navigate the social media and digital world that is a part of your son’s life. CLICK HERE to RSVP by Sunday 23 February.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your sons this year.

Belinda Emmi
Head of Learning – Junior School