Without a doubt, technology is important at Donvale Christian College. Primarily because technology is a vital part of our world - we use it in our homes, in the work place, our churches and in our schools.At DCC, we therefore integrate it, engage in it, use it, manage it and we do this because it can be a means by which great opportunities can be created in our classrooms and beyond. Our students love to learn through technology - it is a natural mix - and as we look to the future of education in Australia and the hope that we have for our students in this world, technology in education is realistically a necessity.
“…The fundamental purpose of the integration of ICT in the curriculum at DCC is not merely to develop students' ICT skills as desirable vocational attributes or necessary communication tools. Within the overarching mission of the College, the ICT goal at DCC is to assist students to become better thinkers, better writers, better readers - for the glory of God and for the service of Christ in the community where they live and work…”
DCC ICT Vision statement
Secondary 1 to 1 Program (one laptop per Secondary student)
Our laptop program is 1 to 1. We feel this is important for a number of reasons:
• Individual ownership leads to responsibility by individual students - students can take more initiative in, and responsibility for, their learning with technology
• 1 to 1 gives equality of access
• Students are not required to share computers – this is consistent with experiences beyond the educational context (ie., in the workplace)
• More mobile, tablet-style devices are required for modern educational contexts. Students can engage collaboratively with ease, access internet anywhere anytime and this is consistent with real world situations
Across the College and other devices
• Class sets of Surface devices and iPads for Primary classes
• Large display screens in every classroom
• Photo/video recording hardware and software available to students
• Online collaboration and eLearning system for school community (Schoolbox)
Subjects and curriculum opportunities
• Multimedia is a compulsory subject at Year 7 and 8 and an elective subject at Year 9 –
these skills extend into other subject and curriculum areas.
• Information Technology is offered as a subject in Year 10, 11 and 12. Year 10 includes database, game and web development, along with the positive and negative impacts of technology on our society. Year 10 Media Studies looks into the creation and use of old and new forms of communication media, as well as looking into the ethical and moral use of technology.
Living in a Digital World:
• CyberSmart, digital citizenship and internet safety programs are part of curriculum focus, as well as strategically targeted to Years 5 to 10.
• Capable and safe exploration and use of web-based resources in the classroom.
We recognise that learning doesn't stop at school – we strive for life-long learning. There is no better way of preparing our students for the world beyond schooling, a world which is already comfortable with technology and computer use.
The overwhelming response from our community is that computers across the College engage learners more readily and the engagement is encouraging increased independence in learning, more complex thinking and greater productivity.
We hope that you can be a part of Technology at Donvale Christian College!
Head of Learning Technologies and Innovation
Our Learning Technology Staff
To contact the Learning Technology Department, please phone the College and select extension #8.