Laptop Program

​​​​​​​​​Learning Technology Program – An Educational and Catholic Imperative​

As a Catholic Christian community we educate all to live the gospel of Jesus
Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world.

(BCE Learning and Teaching Framework 2012)

The Australian Curriculum reflects the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) that young people are entitled to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities. 

The Australian Curriculum describes specific knowledge, understanding and skills about technology and its use in ways that are interactive, multimodal and provide flexibility across contexts and audiences.  Ways to use, share, develop and communicate with ICT are named within the content of individual Learning Areas of the curriculum and the use of ICT is integrated across all Learning Areas through the ICT General Capability.

Catholic Education is called to meet the challenges of learning in a digital age. Expressed in the words of Pope Francis, “The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God". (Pope Francis: 2014).​

Learning and living are not two separate endeavours that students engage with in isolation.  Technologies and their uses are pervasive across all areas of our society and modern living. 

In response, we need to ensure that learning can take place in flexible, resource-rich environments where technology supports connected, real life and real time learning and teaching.

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Learning Technology Program at St Francis College

Students at St Francis College participate in a 1:1 Learning Technology Program in Years 7, 10 & 11.  Each student will be issued with a school-owned device for their educational use whilst enrolled at the college.

​Device Program:  The role of the college, student and parents

The role of the college, student and parents in St Francis College 1:1 Learning Technology Program are outlined below, with the associated actions and responsibilities listed in the following section.​

The role of the college

The school provides leadership (vision, planning and management) to ensure that the 1:1 Learning Technology Program is driven by an educational imperative, focusing on successful learning outcomes and supporting the school's vision for learning. School leadership will work with teachers to create contemporary learning environments that allow students to learn.  This will include engaging teachers in continuous learning to enhance their professional practice.  As with all aspects of learning, the school values parent and community engagement and the important role this plays in achieving successful outcomes.  The college plans for and manages the technical environment and functional aspects including security, to ensure the program's success. ​

The role of the Student

Students understand that the primary purpose of the 1:1 Learning Technology Program is to support their learning. Students use technology in their learning to investigate, collaborate and communicate in a safe and responsible way that reflects good digital citizenship.

The role of Parents/Caregivers
Parents/Caregivers are the first educators of their children and have a vital role to play in their child's learning.  Working in partnership with the school they will help to ensure the success of the 1:1 Device Program.  Parents have an important role in the co-education of their child about issues related to the care of technology and its safe and responsible use.  Parent/Caregivers support the college by maintaining an active interest in their child's learning including understanding how technology is being used to support learning in the classroom and at home, as well as meeting financial obligations associated with the program. ​