Information and Communication Technology
It is the vision of St Mary’s to encourage innovation and creativity in our teaching and learning across all our schools, by facilitating one-to-one access to ICT (Information and Communication Technology) resources to achieve excellence for lifelong learning.
St Mary’s School has a fully wireless campus and three well-equipped computer laboratories for use by the girls during lessons and after school. The resource centre in the Edge has 30 computers with midi keyboards giving the girls the opportunity to compose music.
All classrooms have interactive white boards and data projectors, which promote a visual element in the teaching environment. Banks of five computers have been installed in several Senior School classrooms, giving the girls easier access to technology for research. Two Prowise Touch TVs have been installed in the new e4 classroom, providing a new interactive experience for the students.
The Laboratory in the Wantage Centre is used for formal Information and Communication Technology (ICT) lessons for Form I and Form III. The girls are exposed to a variety of computer skills necessary for the production of content related to the core curriculum subjects. They create presentations using a variety of applications and programs. The creation of podcasts and movies is also included in this curriculum.
A number of Windows and Mac computers are also available to the girls in the library and the Resource Centre, for research and enrichment.
St Mary’s has chosen the iPad as its device of choice. The iPads are used extensively in the classroom as well as for field trips and excursions away from school, for communication, photography and the completion of projects.
Twenty-fifteen saw the introduction of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the Form I girls. The programme now extends to Form III. iPads have allowed for the facilitation of learning across the school campus and beyond. The girls are using the iPads to access the school’s Learning Management System to access resources, and they are being introduced to a blended learning approach through the use of iTunesU courses. The BYOD program will extend through the school a year at a time. In addition, the school offers an online eLibrary system, allowing girls to access reading material electronically. iPads have given pupils the opportunity to collaborate and communicate with peers and teachers in an easy, accessible way.