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Oatley Public School is committed to quality teaching using higher order thinking skills to create and learn while accessing Information Communication Technology (ICT). Oatley Public School is well resourced with current technology and equipment.

In 2015 we introdued the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy to OPS for all students in Years 5 and 6. All teachers K-6 have also been given an iPad for use in the classroom and we have another 50 iPads that are used in all classrooms. Mrs Shepherd is off-class for 2015 as we introduce BYOD and integrate iPads into all classrooms to enhance Quality Teaching and student access to all parts of our new Australian curriculum.

ICT is integrated throughout the whole school curriculum and teachers’ access technology through the use of the Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) in every classroom and Air Server to wirelessly link iPads to the IWBs. We also have interconnected classrooms up and running to allow us to communicate through the video conferencing abilities.

Every class within the school receives one hour of technology time in our Computer Lab and we also have another class set of computers in the Library for all classes to access. This compliments the technology taught throughout the KLA’s in the classroom.

There are computers in every classroom and a separate computer lab for staff and students to access.

The students learn basic computer skills, care and safe use of the computer and internet and the associated terminology. Students are made aware of the ergonomics of sitting at a computer. They learn about the use and effects of technology on our society. A scope and sequence of learning is followed to achieve basic computer competencies in each year. Oatley showcases student work throughout the year.

Below are some of the components that make up the program:

  • Creation of engaging and meaningful presentations
  • Attention to purpose and audience when creating
  • Email
  • Internet Research
  • Copyright
  • Student Computer Group (for yrs 4-6)
  • Graphics and formatting techniques
  • Use of Office applications
  • Typing skills K-6
  • Digi-Ed program (video stop-motion animation)
  • Lego Robotics
  • Mathletics
  • Bug Club
  • Camera use, photography and editing techniques
  • Making Movies and short story clips linked to the English Curriculum
  • Assessment and reflection activities

Several software programs and applications are available for the students to access and they are encouraged to learn how to manipulate these for the appropriate audience and purpose.

One of the most important skills for the students to acquire is to learn how to be safe and “cybersmart” on the internet. We teach students to explore safely and to think before they click. There are interactive activities that the students participate in to help them to understand the dangers of growing cyber technology and how to use it for educational and personal benefit.

Computer Usage

All students abide by the department and school internet policies and respect the rights and privacy of others.

Students have their personal logon from Kindergarten that they use to access the school’s intranet and the internet. They enter a username and password to access the internet and enter the department portal. This allows access to their school email. Students can access their email from home.