Computing

IPad Program

The College has instituted a 1-1 IPad Progam from Grade Five up. Click on the link for more details.

Through the use of iPads, we have found that ICT-enabled teaching and learning allows for more active engagement in learning.  Activities and styles of engagement previously impossible or difficult to achieve are now readily attainable.  New learning opportunities are being discovered.

For example, iPads allow:

  • the use of specific apps to support specific needs
  • self-paced and/or self-directed learning
  • engagement in learning a more diverse range of places
  • a wider range of ways to demonstrate learning.

The Australian Curriculum emphasises the significant differences inherent in learning in the 21st century.  The whole curriculum is built around the development of a set of general capabilities: literacy, numeracy, ICT competence, creative and critical thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social competence, and intercultural understanding. Together, these capabilities are important to individuals living in a world where technology allows for learning to occur 'anywhere, anytime'.

Educational research about the influences of 1-to-1 ICT provision in learning suggests that it improves student engagement and creates an environment more conducive to effective innovation in pedagogy (teaching and learning) [viii]. A recent study indicates that in an all-digital learning context, 'iPad promotes both efficient use of time and more learning moments.'  Importantly, research suggests that it is better to view ICT not as a technological tool but rather as a cognitive tool.

Our purpose for asking students to bring their own iPad is to provide additional ways to support development of their God-given gifts and talents via deeply engaged learning that simultaneously promotes strengths, helps to improve areas of weaknesses, and facilitates opportunities to discover new or latent talents.

Programming

Programming will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in computer programming. Students will explore the use of a programming language, and learn fundamental programming conventions and terms. Students apply a problem solving methodology to create software solutions to fulfil a need or solve a real life problem. They develop critical and creative thinking as they investigate, analyse, design, develop and evaluate software solutions. This subject is an introduction to pathways in Computing and Software Development.

This subject is a preferred prerequisite for VCE Computing, VCE Software Development and may assist students who wish to study VCE Electro Technology, and VCE Algorithmics

Robotics

Robotics looks at electronic and mechanical systems that sense and respond to the real world. Students investigate the practical and ethical applications of robotic systems, and use a design process to propose their own robot. They learn basic systems theory and use sensors, motors and microcontrollers (computer programmable integrated circuits) together with simple mechanisms to construct a basic roaming robot. Students will program the robot using a programming language. This subject is an introduction to pathways in Electro-technology, Systems Engineering, or Software Development.

This subject may assist students who wish to study VCE Computing, VCE Software Development, VCE Electro Technology, VCE Engineering and VCE Algorithmics.

IT Applications

IT Applications focuses on developing key knowledge and skills in a range of software, raster and vector based applications for image creation, and CAD programs. Students apply design thinking skills as well as digital methods and media to make messages, ideas and concepts visible and tangible. Through experimentation and through exploration of the relationship between design elements and design principles, students develop ideas, develop concepts and create presentation formats. Students review the contextual background of design through an investigation of design styles. This subject is an introduction to pathways in Architecture, Drafting, Engineering, Computing, Industrial Design, Media, Fashion Design, Visual Communication Design, Film, Animation and the Visual Arts.

IT Applications is a preferred prerequisite for VCE Visual Communication Design, VCE Product Design Technology, VCE Computing and VCE Media. This subject may also assist students who choose to study VCE Studio Arts.