Where Learning Embraces Smart Use of Technology

Forest Crescent Primary has seen structured and progressive roll out of technology that has  been supported by school policy and action plans, developed in conjunction with the teaching staff and the ICT committee, which reflects societal change, best instructional pedagogy and relevance to the students’ learning. This rollout has been supported by planned maintenance and upgrade of hardware, network and software as deemed necessary to meet the needs of student learning.

On-line learning has been more evident with use of learning programs involving Mathematical and Literacy Software, as well as assessment using ACER Online Literacy and Numeracy Testing. Progress has been made in the Home/School link with Information Technologies being used to communicate student learning via the use of email, newsletters, Microsoft PowerPoint and multimedia presentations on school assemblies and open night.

In 2017 and into 2018 the school is continuing to utilise Digital Technology with an emphasis on cross curricula links, through developing coding skills through online learning (Years 2-6), and involvement with various interactive robots (Years 1-6) in classrooms and also as part of a TAGS program (utilising Lego EV3 Mindstorm). Year 2 to Year 6 students are also involved with an online typing program to increase their typing accuracy and speed; certainly as online NAPLAN testing becomes mandatory for 2019.

Throughout 2017 and into 2018, as part of amalgamating Digitial Technology into the curriculum, various teachers have been involved with developing STEM learning programs in the class which integrate concepts and skills of Science, Technology (both digital and construction) Engineering and Maths.

The school Internet site development has progressed to allow easy access to the whole school community through up to date technologies such as Staff Portals and calendars and parent information.

Parent support in this learning area is evident by the acceptance and use of our up-to-date technologies, which includes email, web site and Eftpos facilities.

All K – 6 classrooms (30 classes), staffroom and most specialist staff have installed Smart Boards (through Parent’s & Citizen’s Association funding) and use of technologies is increasing as staff and students become more proficient; utilising educational internet resources and staff-made resources to enhance learning.

Whilst the school has a fully functional Ethernet-based LAN permitting 2-4 PC’s per classroom, plus mini-labs in block common areas, and a class-size lab in the library, the newly installed wireless access across all teaching blocks plus Administration has permitted the use of new technologies throughout the school, such as the uptake of sixty newly acquired iPads with educational apps being purchased that best support learning and collectively chosen by junior, middle and senior primary staff, in addition to fifty laptops and the use of networked TV’s on all learning areas. The school has also changed over to the SOE4 configuration for the management of our computer infrastructure and devices.

After a number of years of refinement of the checklist for ICT has been developed linked to the school’s ICT scope and sequence and is operational for 2018.

2018 Targets

  • Increase uptake of Digital Technology across the schools with an emphasis on this technology to support and develop STEM principles.
  • Continuation of work on Website to ensure good communication between school, home and wider community.
  • Investigation of different/enhanced interactive media.
  • Development in the use of iPad technologies.
  • Developing the Digital Technology Skills and Concepts checklist to direct staff in the learning programs that are required to be implemented at each year level and to provide for comprehensive data collection, using Kindy to Year 6 checklists, to better plan for more efficient and constructive use of Digital Technology.

Forest Crescent Website is Available on Your Smartphone, Tablet and PC with a new Responsive Layout

The Forest Crescent Primary website will display intuitively on all devices. The website uses CSS media queries to trigger different layout sets at various screen sizes. No longer will you need to zoom and scroll around when browsing on your tablet or mobile phone.  Works on modern Android and IOS phones (iPhones & Smartphones) although video on all of the school’s websites needs conversion for playing in HTML 5 format (non-Flash devices).

Important Notice

When loading the school’s web address on any devices, other than a PC, you will find links to (under “Tap for Navigation Menu);

  • School Purpose, Parent Information, Information Brochures, Canteen News, Uniform Shop and School Banking Information, Reminders & FCPS Events~The calendar that lists events happening at FCPS.
  • Tap on “Home” to return to home page.

Any major issues please send an email via Forest Crescent Primary’s email address.

Forest Crescent Primary Embraces Smart Use of Technology Through CYBERSAFETY

In the interests of our children’s online safety, regular Cyber bullying tips have been included in newsletters and cyber-incursions provided for, middle to senior classes when available. This page features some initiatives and information that may assist in keeping children and parents aware of cybersafety. Cybersafety is the safe and responsible practice regarding the use of the Internet and all information and communication technology devices (including computers, mobile phones, digital cameras and webcams)

Website & Install Cybersafety Button

 

 

The Australian Government’s cybersafety help button provides internet users, particularly children and young people, with easy online access to cybersafety information and assistance available in Australia.

The help button is a free application that is easily downloaded onto personal, school and library computers. It provides help and advice on a range of online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material. All you need do is click on the link from this page and install it on your computer desktop. You can leave the button icon on your desktop or place it on the taskbar. Then just click it twice if you ever need help or advice about something unsafe or upsetting that you have encountered on the internet.

Visit the Cybersmart website

 

Cybersmart is part of the Australian Government’s cybersafety program. Cybersmart provides activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, kids, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world.

 

Of the 53,111 counselling contacts received by young people during 2009, a total of 2,176 (4.1%) recorded either bullying or cyberbullying as the main reason for contact. Consistent with other research findings, girls have been found to experience cyberbullying slightly more often than boys.

Both the online survey and data from Kids Helpline suggests that most cyberbullying occurs in late primary school and early high school. During the 2009 year, the most common age group to contact Kids Helpline regarding cyberbullying were 10/14-yearolds (50.6%), followed by 15/18-year-olds (44.2%). While many of the dynamics remain the same across the ages, cyberbullying in the primary school years usually focused on appearances while cyberbullying in the secondary years tends to focus on the way people act, especially if they do not fit the norm.