CCGS is a technology rich learning environment committed to high levels of digital literacy. Our teaching practice evolves to reflect the changing world around us. Technology has played a significant part in making knowledge far more accessible and when used correctly it can make learning a more immersive, relevant and compelling experience.
We make sure technology is used meaningfully and safely to improve learning and reflect real world practice. That’s why we’re committed to developing a high level of digital literacy, with staff and students as active learners and users, developing the essential digital literacy skills required in a more connected and globalised work force.
You might be wondering if schools are teaching enough digital literacy or maybe you’re thinking there’s too much screen time at school. Here we explain how your child will learn digital literacy skills at CCGS.
Teachers learn digital literacy too
CCGS teachers introduce digital technology only when it improves student learning. All teachers have completed digital literacy workshops, led by our Director of Innovative Learning and Digital Literacy.
Teachers have been trained in the selection and use of relevant technology to create lesson sequences. They receive in class ongoing support from a Computing Integration Teacher to deliver and evaluate their new lessons. Ideas are shared across teams, growing expertise school-wide and feeding into continuing digital literacy professional development.
Teaching children to be safe and savvy online begins in Year 2 with age appropriate content in eight areas:
- Internet safety
- Privacy and security
- Relationships and communication
- Digital footprint and reputation
- Information literacy
- Self-image and identity
- Creative credit
Curriculum and extra-curricular activities
Information and Software Technology is an elective in Years 9 and 10 and Information Processes and Technology is a HSC course choice.
Robotics is a popular cocurricular activity and a CCGS team won the Robocup national championship in 2016 and competed for the second time in the world championships in 2017.
Skills and Capabilities
All students experience our digital literacy program which is integrated in the curriculum K-12 and covers skills (can I use it, what can I do) and capabilities (can I apply it intelligently, how can I use this)
- General skills
- Graphics and multimedia
- Internet and email
- Spreadsheets and databases
- Word processing and desktop publishing
- Social and ethic processes
- Managing and operating
What devices do students use at school?
- Kindergarten, Year 1 & Year 3 classes have a cluster of desktop computers and a cluster of 7 ipads for group work, and can combine to one iPad set per grade for whole class work.
- Year 2 are provided with one to one ipads and plus a cluster of desktop computers, increasing their responsibility for use of a personal device. We plan to extend this one to one program from Kindergarten to Year 3 following evaluation.
- Years 4 – 9 have one to one notebook computers for school and home use, deployed and maintained by CCGS. Parents contribute a notebook computer levy for this service that includes immediate onsite technical support and next business day loan devices for any hardware failure.
- Years 10-12 are responsible for maintaining and bringing their own device to school and for their choice of software and apps, a great preparation for study post school.
- There are also a number of whole class computer labs around our wireless campus.
- There is a one day technology bridging course for students joining in Year 7.
Digital technologies are integrated in all areas of teaching and learning and these are a few examples of the infrastructure that supports this:
- A sophisticated learning management system enables easy collaboration and remote access to learning resources for students and teachers.
- Senior classroom refurbishment ready for 2018 will incorporate digital collaboration zones and a film studio. Science labs are equipped with digital probes,Technology labs with a laser cutter and printer, art rooms with iPads to make artworks and music rooms with iPads to mix music.
- Professional recording studio in the Performing Arts Centre.
- Online streaming of educational video resources when offsite.
- Every corner of campus has fast and efficient wireless network.
- Interactive projectors in every classroom.
- Firewalls, filters and regular audits of activity to protect students from unauthorised content.