Information Technologies (ICT) at Stella Maris is used as a learning tool designed to transform students learning and enrich their learning environment. The use of a wide range of ICT software develops new thinking and learning skills to produce innovative and creative insights. Students are able to produce more productive ways of working and solving problems individually and cooperatively through the use of ICT. Students are progressively introduced to a broad range of skills including applied technology, databases, desktop publishing, graphics, multimedia, operating environments, programming, spreadsheets, telecommunications and word processing. Skills in these areas are applied to complete a variety of projects as the children explore the world of learning. The students become familiar with the use of a variety of ICT hardware and software, they learn how to operate equipment safely and apply the protocols of internet safety.
Students have access to computers, including desktops, laptops and Ipads, in their classrooms at all times of the day. Various applications are used by teachers in all areas of learning and particularly in Mathematics and English. Students are introduced to computers when they begin Prep and continue through to Year 6.
The Cybersmart website is a useful source of resources and information about being safe online, for parents and children.
Government Cybersafety Advice: http://education.gov.au/cybersafety-schools