Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

The Learning

Information and Communications Technology focuses on providing students with the tools to transform their learning and to enrich their learning environment.

ICT at Yarra Primary is part of our Integrated Curriculum Plan – a relevant way to connect and relate areas of ICT to other area of the curriculum such as Numeracy & Literacy, Visual Arts, Performance, Kitchen Garden, and LOTE as we strive to equip our students for a world that uses technology effectively.

All classes have specific Information and Communication Technology lessons weekly. The skill development will depend on where the students are at, but can range from learning to turn-on a computer in prep, to downloading and saving images from the internet, to creating a documentary in the older years.

Teachers use their classroom technology as a resource for creating engaging lessons where the students collaborate using new and emerging technologies and employ a variety of software programs and digital resources to develop communication, thinking and creative skills across the curriculum. Teachers prepare ICT lessons sequentially, to build upon existing skills and equip the students to use technology independently.

flexible media enabled classrooms

The students have flexible 24/7 access to ICTs in their classrooms via "media enabled classrooms" with high speed wireless internet and a rich array of technology equipment including, "classroom pods".

In the senior classes, these "pods" consist of:

  • Apple Mac Mini desktop computers with LCD screens
  • microphones
  • digital & video cameras with tripods
  • LCD TVs
  • colour printers & scanners
  • laptops
  • iPads
  • Lego Mindstorm educational robotics kits

The Junior School (grades Preps–2) focus is with handheld devices, such as iPads, to compliment their in class desktop computers.

With such portable devices, and the state of the art wifi infrastructure, the students are able to access this technology across the whole school.

technology Achievements

Based on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (AusVELS), the inquiry aspect of the students' learning enables the students to go beyond the standard ICT requirements.

In the past couple of years, the Senior students (grades 3–6) have produced:

  • Environmental stop motion videos for a special 'Red Carpet Evening'
  • A Yarra Primary promotional DVD for our sister-school Chatan Elementary in Okanawa, Japan
  • Numerous publishing layouts, including programmes, newspaper layouts, etc