RATIONALE

Communication Technology (ICT) has been introduced into schools predominantly through email and the internet. The availability of such resources provides the opportunity for schools to help students develop their full potential. ICT provides significant educational value but can pose a risk of exposure to inappropriate and offensive material and personal safety.

In accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, the practice of communication must be totally honest and reflect the highest standard of accountability and sensitivity to human rights and relationships.

DEFINITIONS

‘Information and Communication Technology (ICT)’ means all computer hardware, software, systems and technology including the internet, email, and social networking sites (eg Facebook) and telecommunications devices (eg mobile phones) in facilities that may be used or accessed from a school campus or connected to a school’s communication network.

Defamation is the publication, declaration or broadcast of material that is capable of lowering a person’s reputation in the estimation of others.
Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying is unlawful behaviour as defined in the Catholic Education Commission Policy Statement 2-B4: ‘Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying’.

PRINCIPLES

  1. St Denis School strives for educational and technological excellence by integrating the use of technology with best educational practice.
  2. As we introduce students to the Internet, we believe a partnership between parents, students and the school should develop and grow. We also believe that the access we are giving is a privilege and not a right and therefore there are responsibilities for all involved.
  3. St Denis School has made rules about how students use email and the internet so that everyone can use it in the best way, and be safe and happy.
  4. The school has the right to check all written, graphic, audio and other materials created, produced, communicated, stored or accessed on school ICT by students, including emails.
  5. Students shall be made aware that access to ICT, particularly the Internet and email, can expose them to inappropriate material or potential harm.
  6. A student user agreement identifies acceptable uses of the St Denis School network and the Internet, and those, which are not. These guidelines are provided here so that you understand and agree to the responsibilities you are about to accept. Each year, a copy is to be read and signed by students with their parents, and returned to the class teacher.

User Agreement weblinks

USE OF TECHNOLOGY AT ST DENIS SCHOOL

St Denis School endeavours to:

  • provide a student-centred, experience-rich education for the 21st Century
  • employ the most current teaching practices, tools and technologies necessary in order to deliver the competencies, knowledge, values and attitudes contained within the Australian Curriculum
  • Use of Technology
  • connect education at St Denis School with today's technological world
  • expand the methods of learning and opportunities for differentiated instruction
  • encourage the disposition and capacity to be life-long learners

At St Denis School, our Kindy to Year 3 classes share a large bank of iPads. Year 4 has a 1:1 iPad Program, and Years 5 & 6 currently operate a 1:1 MacBook Program.

A 1:1 environment supports a dynamic and interactive learning space. This enables teachers and students to work in a collaborative, online, interconnected community. Each student having their own personal device affords the opportunity to enter a new world of curriculum possibilities, allowing authentic engagement and involvement in their learning.