iPad Program

The Our Lady of Sion College iPad program aims to use this contemporary device to support, enable and engage student learning.

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Do not be afraid of new technologies!  These rank “among the marvellous things” – inter mirifica – which God has placed at our disposal to discover, to use and to make known the truth, also the truth about our dignity and about our destiny as his children, heirs of his eternal Kingdom.

 

The Rapid Development
John Paul II
Apostolic Letter (2005)

 

The iPad is used purposefully within the student learning program to support the implementation of  the College Curriculum Policy  which states the following:

“The College curriculum provides a Catholic education imbued with the Sionian charism.  Opportunities for students to consider the other, live with hope, act with discernment and reconcile differences are integral aspects of the learning program.  The curriculum aims to develop the whole person; intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically and students are encouraged to use their talents to the best of their ability to strive for excellence.  The learning program aims to develop lifelong learners capable of being active citizens.”

The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA, 2008), which is informing the direction of education in Australia, states the following:

“Successful learners have the essential skills in literacy and numeracy and are creative and productive users of technology especially ICT, as a foundation for success in all areas.”

This Australian Curriculum identifies that that in The Melbourne Declaration the following is recognised:

“in a digital age, and with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people, share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use.  To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need 

the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities.”

The Australian Curriculum includes Information and communication technology (ICT) as an important capability that is studied across the curriculum.  As part of the curriculum students:

“develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information, ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school.  The capability involves students in learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment.”

“ Information and communication technologies are fast and automated, interactive and multimodal, and they support the rapid communication and representation of knowledge to many audiences and its adaption in different contexts. They transform the ways that students think and learn and give them greater control over how, where and when they learn.”