Extracts from September 2018 ERO Visit Report.
"There continues to be a strong focus on the use of digital technology school-wide to support teaching and learning."
"Teachers provide productive learning environments to raise student achievement. They make good
use of assessment information to inform their programme planning and meet group and individual
learning needs of students. Teachers work collaboratively to share successes, challenges and
effective strategies to accelerate progress for at-risk learners. Digital technology is well integrated into teaching and learning programmes and initiatives. Teachers have a targeted approach to
supporting improved outcomes for students."
Use of Wifi in Schools
Ministry of Education information for schools on Wifi 16 March 2015
"Education is the powerhouse of modern societies. To prosper, grow and innovate, New Zealand needs highly-skilled people — people with increasingly sophisticated skills and digital competencies. Digital technologies change the way students learn, the way teachers teach, and where and when learning takes place. Increasingly, mobile devices equip students to take charge of their own learning in a context where learning occurs anywhere, anytime, and with access to a wealth of content and interactive tools. Digital technologies can excite and engage educators, students, their whānau and communities in learning." Future-Focused Learning in Connected Communities, May 2014.
St Mary's has the infrastructure in place to allow us to embrace ICT's to support learning in the classroom. The school has been part of the School Network Upgrade Process and our filtered internet is provided, at no charge to the school, through the Ministry of Education and Network for Learning.
Cybersafety agreements are signed as part of the enrolment process and we promote digital citizenship as part of our classroom programmes.
"Digital technologies can enable:
- learning to happen anywhere and any at any time, not just in the classroom
- your child to connect and collaborate with other students and teachers outside their school and even across the world
- your child to understand challenging concepts in virtual worlds that would not otherwise be possible
- easy access to the huge range of resources available on the internet to support learning (websites, apps and more)
- you, your family, whānau and community to become more involved and contribute to your child's education, for example through school website page and class blogs, and
- your child to follow personal interests and talents and access experts not available to them locally"