Our dedicated teachers work hard to provide students with meaningful ways to use technology in their learning.
To support teaching and learning, the school has resourced classrooms with 2-4 Mac computers per class, with the older students having access to more. We also have a trolley of laptops that can be moved to classrooms easily. At Nicholson Street we have two Connected Classrooms that have been used for video conferences with other schools to share learning and they have been used to digital incursions (NASA, the Opera House and Antarctica). Each class has an Interactive Whiteboard which is used to compliment teaching and learning in the classroom. We have recently purchased 10 school ipads to compliment our BYOT policy.
Many classes are using the website and application for Edmodo. It is an online tool where teachers create a 'group' and students can discuss learning online. It provides a voice for students who prefer sharing ideas using this platform. It is an exciting tool that students can relate to. Through use of the site the students have built relationships, learnt ICT skills and deepened their knowledge of learning content.
Year 3/4 boys open posts about machines during a science investigation. They comment on posts and create posts to further learning.
The students all have a DEC email address and portal page. They can communicate with other students through their class Blog and they can easily search information through the portal.
BYOT and School ipads
At Nicho we believe technology is used throughout our daily lives when needed. For that reason we encourage students to bring in their own devices and use school ipads to learn about content studied in class. The students are responsible users of technology and they show this daily as they bring in and utilise their devices. In years 3-6 students access content set by teachers through Edmodo. They are also experimenting with applications for story writing like Creaza, poster and video creation using Aurasma and recording using iMovie and Garage Band. Students at Nicho use technology as a tool when needed to enhance their learning.
Students use their devices to research, record, create and collaborate.
Nicholson Street Public School's online presence
At Nicho we believe that people communicate in different ways. Families can access learning that is taking place in the classroom through various online tools including: our channel on Vimeo, our Twitter page, our School Website, our Facebook Page and Edmodo.
Cyber Safety is imperative due to students continual use of technology in and out of the classroom. We have organised incursions by professionals including an ex-police officer who used to work in child protection Brett Lee and shortly we will run workshops for students, staff and families by Cyber Smart. In the classrooms the students are regularly involved in discussions about being safe online and are consistently learning through games and videos about Cyber Safety and Digital Citizenship.
Students play the game 'R U a Cyber Detective?' This tests their knowledge of staying safe online.
ICT in the classrooms
Teachers use technology in a range of ways depending on the needs of their classes. We were all involved in the Nicho Flicko Film Festival this year which was a showcase of films created by students. Students are usually collaborating to research, discover or create using technology.
Students present to the class using technology.
Students research and share their findings online.