Science and Technology
At St Bernard’s we believe that Science is an investigational way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical, chemical and technological world.
Through Science students and teachers are:
- encouraged to expand their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about, make sense of and speculate on the changing world in which they live
- engaged in a range of hands-on, inquiry opportunities and situations that develop an understanding of important science concepts, processes and skills that promotes informed and responsible decisions about local, national and global issues
- taking responsibility, to the greatest possible extent, for their own science learning
- developing an understanding that science is constantly changing and evolving
- developing an understanding that science is universal and should transcend the boundaries of gender, cultural, linguistic and national biases.
- developing an appreciation for the scientific contributions of people from various cultures and backgrounds.
Staff at St Bernard’s use ‘PrimaryConnections’ as the principal resource for programming K-6. This program uses the 5 E’s inquiry framework.
With the introduction of a new curriculum and an excellent technology-to-student ratio, 2014 was an opportunity for St Bernard’s to rethink, rebuild and reconceptualise our school library to support 21st century schooling.
The iCentre "provides the school community with a large, flexible learning space based on fluid design principles to support ‘collaboration, performance, creativity, interactivity and exploration, both online and offline’ (Schibsted 2005). The layout of the iCentre can look different on a daily basis depending on the range of individual, small group, class-based, or whole grade activities it accommodates at any given time. That is, the form it takes reflects the function" (Hay 2010b).
Grades are rostered to the iCentre on a weekly basis for 90 minutes to use this contemporary space to foster collaboration within the Inquiry – based learning model.
Technology is an integral part of the modern world and allows learning opportunities previously unavailable. At St Bernard’s our student-to-computer ratio is commendable and digital technologies are embedded into our teaching and learning programmes. Computers allow a student-centred approach to learning as students are able to explore learning opportunities and research at their own pace.
In addition, each classroom has a set of iPads which create a student-to-iPad ratio of approximately 4:1. Interactive Televisions are wall-mounted in every classroom throughout the school providing excellent, high resolution display of web-based materials. The TVs also possess the capability to display the students work on the iPad's using apple TV's and mirroring technology.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
At St Bernard’s, the ever-increasing impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on teaching and learning is recognised. The use of technologies is integrated as much as possible into student inquiries. ICT provides opportunities for the enhancement of learning, and may significantly support students in their inquiries, and in developing their conceptual understanding. At St Bernard’s, technology is considered as a tool for learning, albeit with its own set of skills, as opposed to an additional subject area.
Students continually explore imaginative uses of new media tools beyond their basic functional applications, discovering alternative or individual ways to conceptualise the role of digital technologies in their lives. The development of innovative thinking and creative use of technologies prepares students to participate fully in this multifaceted world. Our school Life pages allow students and staff to access a safe learning management system which showcases a variety of web-based links and opportunities for collaborative and interactive experiences.
Use of ICT:
- documents the learning, making it available to all parties
- provides opportunities for rapid feedback and reflection
- provides opportunities to enhance authentic learning
- provides access to a broad range of sources of information
- provides students with a range of tools to store, organize and present their learning
- encourages and allows for communication with a wide-ranging audience.