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At Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, we believe that Information Technology is a key learning area. Every student in Grades 3 - 6 is a part of our bring your own device (BYOD) program and students also have access to a bank of school laptops for their learning. Students in Kinder - Grade 2 have access to a bank of school iPads and laptops for their learning.

 

Our aim is on access to learning and to equip our students with knowledge and understanding that will help them to be responsible digital citizens. We also encourage students to develop their computational thinking skills, through the use of programs such as csunplugged, bebras, scratch and the use of Beebots and Lego robots. As a GAFE school (Google Apps for Education) we are also embracing the Google range of Apps as educational tools and devices.

Classroom  Gmail      Drive    Calendar   Docs

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The use of iPads on a one to one ratio opens up a variety of learning opportunities. This at times allows for students to be working at their own pace on their own iPad, according to student's individualised learning plans. Having iPads and laptops has also increased the interest of students in their subjects.

 

Useful guides and helpful hints on iPad usage and internet safety:

From one parent to another - iPad usage restriction - by Sheldon Broomhall

Screen time

Keeping your children safe online

Search Safely

Filtering Content at Home

Filtering Systems for your home

 

Students also have access to a Makerspace where they are given opportunities to build, discover and create. Once a week a code club is run after school. This is open for students in Grades 3 - 6. The code club sessions are mainly geared towards learning to code with scratch, however, students also use Codecombat to code with Python or Java script. Students wanting to be challenged further are provided with an opportunity to be part of a First Lego League team which competes at a state competition for a place in the national competition.

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