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A generation ago, teachers expected that what they taught would last their students a lifetime. Today, due to rapid economic and social change, schools prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented, and problems that we don't yet know will arise.
Education today is much more about ways of thinking which involve creative and critical approaches to problem-solving and decision-making. It is also about ways of working, including communication and collaboration, as well as the tools they require, such as the capacity to recognise and exploit the potential of new technologies, or indeed, to avert their risks. Education is also about the capacity to live in a multi-faceted world as an active and engaged citizen. Citizens influence what they want to learn and how they want to learn it, and this shapes the role of educators.
The Australian Curriculum requires students to develop information and communication (ICT) capabilities, skills as critical and creative thinkers, as well as developing ethical behaviour and personal and social capability. At GSG the Technology Programme aims to develop these skills in students, alongside deep understandings in key learning areas.
At the commemcement of the year, Year Six students are provided with a Windows mobile device for use that year. The particular device is selected to ensure it is capable of meeting all educational requirements both in the classroom and at home.
Our agreement outlines the terms and conditions students must follow as part of the programme. Please review our Technology Programme Agreement. You may also wish to refer to the school's Acceptable Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy. Contact the School on 9844 0300 for more information.
New devices will be delivered to your child’s classroom for distribution. Please ensure you have reviewed and submitted the agreement form before students access their devices.
Warranty and Device Protection
The School purchases all devices with comprehensive warranty and hardware support. Devices are also insured, and in the case of damage or loss not covered by warranty, there is a $250.00 excess fee. The IT Department maintains a loan pool of laptops to minimise any impact on your child's learning.
GSG introduced a Parent Funded 1:1 iPad Program for Year Seven students in 2012 in which students used iPads as an integrated tool for their studies. The 1:1 iPad Program now encompasses students in Years Seven to Nine.
GSG chose iPads for several reasons:
The applications available and the mode of operation are well suited to the learning styles of Middle School students. There are a number of educational applications available, with many more being produced each month. Applications are comparatively cheap and, in some instances, free.
In 2013 the School extended its 1:1 Technology Program to allow the provision of a school-supplied laptop to each student in Years Ten and Eleven. In 2015, all students in Years Ten to Twelve are provided with a touch-enabled Windows-based laptop.
At the commencement of 2015 GSG students were provided with a light-weight, fast Microsoft Surface Pro 3 touch-enabled tablet for use throughout their senior schooling. The tablet has been selected to ensure it is capable of meeting all educational requirements both in the classroom and at home.
Students in other years continue to have excellent access to the latest technology, including sets of iPads, touchscreen desktops and SMART interactive boards, campus-wide wireless access, and specialised labs of Apple computers for music recording and video editing.