It has been a wonderful start to the 2020/21 school year for the ICT Department at the Junior and Early Year Campus. We have a new addition to the team; Mr Anthony Wolley. Mr Wolley brings a wealth of experience, ideas, creativity and positivity to the team and we are looking forward to seeing how he makes his mark within the school this year.
Like every year, we have begun the term by delving into digital citizenship and what it means for our students to grow up in a digital world. There are many things out there that students need to be wary of, such as our protection of private information, knowing what to do when you have an issue and how to find a happy medium balance so that you’re not spending too much time connected to your device. We hope that students from Year 1 to 6 are able to identify problems with technology and think of strategies that they can use to manage their usage and create a positive digital footprint.
To support Digital Citizenship we have begun our year group assemblies that help us deliver a unified message to students. Ms Maria presented an assembly to the year 3 and 4 students this week about digital citizenship; next week it will be Year 1 & 2 and Year 5 & 6s turn, so make sure to ask your children about these assemblies, as it will help you start a conversation as a family about digital Citizenship. Additionally, myself and Mr Cowan hosted a Digital Citizenship podcast episode that you can listen to HERE; it answers the questions that you sent us about how you can support your children from home and has a lot of great ideas of how you can create family goals around digital use.
Across the year levels we have also begun to look at other areas of the ICT curriculum. All students at the Junior Campus have been working on their Google Portfolio Websites and have been learning elements of visual design to make their work appealing to the viewer. Students are exploring physical coding from F3 through to Year 6 and programming robots to solve a wide range of challenges. Some classes are becoming budding filmmakers and are researching topics to be presented as a short documentary, whilst others are designing and coding their own video games with Scratch.
Add to the mix all the after school activities that have started in the DREAMS Lab this week and I can say that it has been an exciting start to the school year for the primary ICT team.
Luke Dyer, ICT Leader