Welcome to our BYOD ‘iPad’ Program – Years 4 – 6
In early 2013, St Francis Xavier’s School embraced a 1:1 technology model which began with the introduction of an iPad into the Year 4 booklist. The purpose of this program is to encourage a community of lifelong learners, to better support our student’s learning journey and to provide additional ways to support development each child’s God-given gifts through a learning that is deeply engaged whilst at the same time promoting their strengths, interests and talents, identifying and improving areas of weaknesses and facilitates opportunities to realise talents and strengthen their connections.
Our teachers are preparing our students for possible careers that do not currently exist. Through our iPad program we are helping our students to develop the skills they will need in the future such as creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication.
The iPad program allows the use of specific apps to better support and to meet individual needs. The program supports and encourages independent learning by offering an environment that can be self-paced and can encourage more opportunities for self-directed learning.
Our students can experience learning engagement at a more diverse range of places and spaces. The iPad program caters to a broader variety of ways for students to demonstrate their learning and understanding as they access, use, create and publish digital and online information. They are able to use this tool for reporting and evaluation as it can more diverse and allows students to promote their knowledge, strengths, interests, skills and learning journey.
This program has proven to be a very exciting project that aligns with our Schools’ vision of teaching our children in a digital age and context. We believe that since its introduction, this program has been remarkably positive and successful. Here at St. Francis Xavier’s we believe that the iPad is a tool of our ‘times’ that is useful to facilitate and manage their learning.
iPads provide an environment for our students will develop ICT skills which are age-appropriate. They will develop understandings including the acceptance of the responsibilities that come with the use of this tool and become responsible for their own personal actions and digital citizenship.
Whilst we acknowledge that it is important for our students to incorporate the tools of the times in our classrooms, we maintain our commitment to the support of each child’s social, emotional and spiritual development and this commitment will always be our greatest priority.