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St. Pius X High School

Learning Technology

 

Computer technology is prevalent in the lives of our students – online data  stores, mobile communications and social networking are woven into their day-to-day activities. These technologies are prevalent because they make two, once difficult things, very simple: instant communication with large (or small) numbers of people, and accessing, or adding to, the wealth of information accrued by humanity.

Learning has thus reached a time where it can be eased and enhanced by careful application of communication and information technology. Collaboration, formative assessment, the storage and creation of work, the research of knowledge and visually enhanced presentation of concepts are rendered simple, fast and more effective.

The goal at St Pius X is to undertake that careful application, ensuring that teaching and learning are enhanced by the process.  We are guided in this by our ICT Plan and by our LT Steering Team.

 

 

MNLive LEARNING GATEWAY

The MNLive Learning Gateway is a portal used by all schools across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.  Students and teachers can access news, information and their network drives from home.  The Learning Gateway is a collaborative environment where teachers can set up Virtual Classrooms to provide lessons and work for their students.  Students can access this work anytime, anywhere.  The Learning Gateway provides a myriad of possibilities for teachers to facilitate quality learning.

 

 

LEARNING APPLICATIONS & SOFTWARE

St Pius currently makes available to all students some extremely useful software.

"Stile" is an e-learning application that enables lesson materials to be presented in a versatile, student-centred fashion.  It lends itself brilliantly to 21st Century teaching and learning.  It allows for the seemless integration of You Tube clips, ClickView materials, photographs, diagrams, voiceovers and much more into lessons on a regular basis.  It enables teachers to quickly give comprehensive feedback to students.  Stile is being used extensively by many of our Faculties.  The cost of Stile is charged for each student on the Term 1 fee account.

"Mathletics" is a very enjoyable Mathematics learning application with over a 1000 learning activities that can be done either in class or at home.  It helps students enjoy learning Mathematics.  The cost of Mathletics is charged for each student on the Term 1 fee account.

"Maths Online" is an excellent Mathematics tutorial application that students can use to assist with homework and study for exams and assessment tasks.  It is also of great assistance to students who miss classes from time to time.  Students can go over step-by-step explanations of the missed work using this application.  The cost of Maths Online is covered by the school.

 

 

1:1 TABLET PROGRAM 2015 ONWARDS

At St Pius X Adamstown we recognise that access to and skill with technology, both at home and at school, is now essential for learning and life. We believe that today’s students think, connect and communicate differently to students who were at school even a few years ago. We are aware that our students live in a world where information can be accessed and shared quickly over the Internet, where they can communicate with peers and create new knowledge.

As a school we are keen to inspire and engage this new generation of learner with today’s tools and assist them in reaching their full potential in all areas of the curriculum. We want our students to strive for excellence through a personalised learning program that integrates the curriculum and fully exploits the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Digital technology is an excellent tool to assist students with their learning.  At St Pius our focus is on what has come to be known as 21st Century learning.  Digital technology is extremely useful for supporting students as they develop skills in creativity, innovation, team work, collaboration, problem-solving, communication and information & ICT literacy.

After consultation with the school community in 2013-2014, a bring your own device (Windows-based) Tablet Program was introduced for students in Years 7 & 9 in Term 3 2014.  This program was funded by parents and carers.  In 2015, the BYOD Tablet Program was introduced again to Years 7 & 9.  From 2015 onwards all students at St Pius are expected to have an appropriate Tablet for use in class every day.  Information on appropriate Tablets can be found on our BYOD Information page on this website.  As explained on that page from 2016 onwards St Pius has made available a Managed BYOD Program through JB Hi Fi.
 
 
 
Faculty Plans for Use of Tablets
 
Each of the documents below specifies the plans of the individual Faculty for use of Tablet devices to assist in student learning.