Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
At Helena Valley Primary School we focus on providing our students with the skills and knowledge required to be successful learners in the 21st century. To this end, we strive to ensure our school is well resourced with up-to-date Information and Communication Technology. ICT learning and teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum and is used to promote student engagement, motivation and excellence. Students are encouraged to use ICT to develop their ability in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, expression and communication. Importantly, we assist students to develop an understanding of their social and ethical responsibilities as users of ICT and the Internet, including learning about Cyber Safety. The school’s ICT program aligns with the Australian Curriculum ICT Capabilities.
Our technology rich classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, desktop and laptop computers. Students and staff use hardware such as digital cameras, digital video cameras, digital microscopes and Lego robotics to support class learning. Helena Valley PS has embraced the flexibility, portability and diversity of iPad technology to provide teaching and learning applications that engage children across all year levels and curriculum areas. We currently have over 40 iPads in easily moveable carry crates and we plan to continue expanding this initiative. To support iPad use and other wireless devices, all classrooms, specialist areas and the library have Wi-Fi access.
Helena Valley PS has two dedicated eLearning areas equipped with sufficient networked computers for 1 to 1 student access. Each primary class has a weekly timetabled session with the ICT specialist teacher in the Library, where they learn a wide range of knowledge and skills to extend and enrich their learning. Our school incorporates a variety of curriculum‐based websites into teaching programs, including Mathletics, Spellodrome, Literacy Pro and World Book Online. Students have full access to these websites during their school day and at home.