Our Information Technology Vision:
Marist Brothers Linmeyer aims to incorporate evolving technology relevant to the needs of our students and teachers whilst establishing a balanced learning environment.
The use of technology in our Primary School is relevant in the age we are living in, but more so for the development of our students, as we prepare them for the future envisioned workplace.
For this reason, we continue to equip our educators with laptops and iPads which are essential tools used for administrative purposes, to enable communications and content creation for lessons. These devices are constantly updated with the latest software. Group training and IT support is ongoing in order to stay abreast with development.
Gone are the days of chalkboards. The installation of a range of Smart learning solutions into all our classrooms enables our educators to create meaningful, content rich lessons that engage students during the learning process. These Smart learning solutions include interactive whiteboards & projectors. The Smart Notebook software is where the magic happens. This software provides our educators with a platform to incorporate all their resources into comprehensive lessons.
Apple TV’s in the classrooms also empowers our educators with an additional tool to use in conjunction with their iPads. Educators now have access to subject related apps, which add value to their lessons as well as assist them in content creation. iPads are not only used in the classroom, but also on our sports fields. Our educators have harnessed the power of sports apps and are currently utilising the iPad to aid in the administration of sports and physical education. On the administration side of teaching, we use an iPad app called Idoceo, which has aided our educators in keeping an accurate record on students’ progress. It also has a number of complementary features, which assists our educators with statistics, classroom management and reporting. This powerful app has proved its worth beyond expectations.
The Primary School has a lab of 30 iPads, which educators have access to and can utilise during their lessons. Both educator and student are currently developing their skills in order to incorporate this technology productively. The four C’s of 21st century “super skills” that our students acquire are: Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication, and it is through these skills that effective iPad use is achieved.
The employment of an Educational Technology Co-Ordinator has made it possible to provide in house assistance and training of our staff on a regular basis in order to keep up with the evolving technology and software developments. Our aim is to empower and upskill our staffs’ knowledge in order for successful integration to occur.
While there is a plethora of ICT innovations that are designed and marketed for the educational field, we continue to investigate, research and have chosen to implement only the technology that we find would be of educational value to our students, educators and staff.
Technology should be infused into education as a tool to enhance learning. The ability to obtain, analyse and evaluate information, and to then present it in a manner that shows learning and understanding, are skills that our students will develop when technology is seamlessly integrated into education. The focus however should be the learning outcome, not the technology.
There are three components of change when dealing with Educational Technology – curriculum, technology and people. The challenge is to align these components whilst maintaining balance. Without balance, there can be a negative side to technology resulting from inappropriate or overuse, and that negative side can have serious and long-term consequences. Educators and parents must recognise the obstacles our students will face and cultivate a mature digital citizenship in our students towards technology use. Our aim is to educate all parties involved in this transformation to ensure that our students obtain a balanced and safe learning experience whilst providing our students with access and opportunities to contemporary learning resources.