Classroom Technologies at Carrum Downs
We want to help your child develop a love of learning. To facilitate this, we endeavour to make their classroom experience as vibrant, interactive and stimulating as possible. Computers and emerging technologies play an important role in equipping students for life in a digital age.
We make use of a wide variety of digital resources to enhance the learning experience, and to deliver better services to our students. Here are some of the ways we do this:
- In Junior school, a range of technologies are made available in classrooms for student use. Each room is fitted with a projector and interactive whiteboard. A variety of desktop PCs, laptops, iPads, digital cameras and other technologies are deployed according to the contextual and curriculum needs of the various year levels.
- For Middle and Senior school (years 7 to 12), Flinders has adopted a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy. This investment in an appropriate laptop or tablet computer for your child provides full-time exclusive access to a familiar device, developing digital fluency and enhanced learning opportunities at school and at home.
- Equipped with capable personal computers, digital resources and with filtered access to the internet at school, students are guided and encouraged to safely and effectively pursue learning and develop skills for a digital world.
- Specialised high-definition video conferencing equipment provides enhanced learning opportunities via real-time connection to another campus, school, or indeed country. Classes can engage in unique and interactive ‘virtual excursions’, where we bring the outside world into the classroom. Students have talked to divers swimming in the Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville and interacted with astronauts at the Houston Space Center.
- Cloud-based collaborative software such as Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 is employed to facilitate information sharing and project collaboration.
- Our comprehensive technology provision serves students and teachers extend the learning in core academic subjects, developing essential 21st century skills such critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.