TECHNOLOGY

“Digital technologies impact on every aspect of our lives and are vitally important to New Zealand’s growth in the 21st century. Students in New Zealand need opportunities to develop knowledge and skills with digital technologies so they are equipped to respond to rapid changes in our society.”“Best practice e-learning enables accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities that improve student engagement and achievement. e-Learning has the potential to transform the way teaching and learning takes place. It is about using technologies effectively across the curriculum to connect schools and communities and to provide accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities so that every student is better able to achieve their full potential.” - TKI - MOE Education Portal - http://elearning.tki.org.nz/About-this-siteAt Lytton Street School we believe that the need for current digital technology in today’s classrooms is imperative. It is now a vital part of high quality education in the 21st century and when integrated effectively into the curriculum, offers endless opportunities for the modern learner. Digital technology is transforming the traditional classroom from being a teacher driven environment to a student driven one. The student is now an active participant at the centre of his or her own learning where teachers can work alongside to personalise the learning in more engaging ways than have been available in the past. This way the learning becomes more meaningful for the student.Our teachers are focused on the ubiquitous integration of digital technology into the curriculum to enhance learning for all students. By embracing technology our goal is to develop confident, competent and responsible users of digital technology while fostering critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration through personalised learning.

Along with placing great importance on the value of digital technology in classrooms, we also believe that students should not be fixed to a screen all day and that they need a balance of proven traditional teaching strategies to have a well rounded education. Our junior classes use devices at times throughout the day to support literacy and numeracy and our senior classes aim for a balance with around 50% of their learning experiences involving digital technology.

Our Board Of Trustees are committed to ensuring that Lytton Street School students have access to relevant technology in order to take advantage of the vast learning opportunities it provides. This commitment includes providing our school with:

  • 1:1 Chromebooks in all Year 5/6 classrooms along with a set of 10 iPads for each room.

  • 1:1 iPads in all Year 3/4 classrooms

  • 1:2 combination of iPads & iMacs in all Year 0-2 classrooms

  • Apple TVs in each classroom

  • 2 x Makerbot 3D printers


Our staff promote the safe and responsible use of the internet in teaching and learning by developing digital citizens. Our school defines a digital citizen as someone who;

  • is a confident and capable user of digital technology

  • uses technologies to participate in educational activities

  • uses and develops critical thinking skills

  • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies

  • is aware that there can be challenges when using digital technologies and can manage them effectively

  • uses digital technologies to communicate to others in positive ways

  • demonstrates honesty and ethical behaviour in their use of digital technology

  • respects privacy in a digital world

  • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship


Advantages that digital technology provides the modern LSS learner:

  • Self Management

    • Mobile devices allow students to take charge of their own learning by accessing a wealth of content and interactive tools made available and personalised to them by their teachers.

  • Collaboration

    • Students have the flexibility to complete learning activities, research, write notes and add information to group tasks at their own pace. Using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is one of the ways we promote collaboration through digital technology. GAFE includes Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Slides and Sites. Intro to GAFE

  • Teacher/Student Relationship

    • The traditional approach of the teacher at the front being the fountain of all knowledge gets broken down. With technology in the classroom the teacher becomes the encourager, adviser, and coach and therefore gains a deeper understanding of individual students and their learning needs.

  • Opportunities

    • Students are able to access the interesting, diverse, and current learning materials as the number of educational resources available online grows.

  • Own Pace

    • Individual students can work at their own pace depending on their learning needs and level of understanding. Teachers can set up digital opportunities so learners can prepare for upcoming workshops, repeat lessons, complete follow up activities or move on to extend their knowledge if they are ready.

  • Diversity

    • We have multiple learning styles and digital technology gives teachers a very effective tool to best meet the needs of all students. Integrating it into the curriculum is a great way to cater for visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners.

  • Connections

    • Digital technology helps to build connections within school, with whānau, and with local and global organisations relating to their current learning.

  • Instant Access

    • Students are able to access resources and digital information from anywhere, at any time. Having no delays enables them to continue focusing and leads to deeper understanding.

  • Digital Citizenship

    • All students begin the year with a focus on becoming digital citizens. Students learn about cybersafety and making age-appropriate choices in their technology use.

  • Motivation & Engagement

    • Many students are more interested in learning when they can interact with the hands-on, interactive learning tools which digital devices provide.

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