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.
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.
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 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.
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.