Technology

​​EDUCATING WOMEN OF THE FUTURE 

PJP_4277.jpg The task of educating girls for the future is a serious one, and as such the College invests considerable time and effort in ensuring students are connected to the real world both on and off- line. One usually thinks of technological 'savviness'when considering the future, and in readiness we ensure technology and connectivity is integrated across both curriculum and co-curricular activities. St John Fisher College has access to a diverse range of virtual excursions, via online content providers like the Center for Interactive Learning (CILC) and the New South Wales-based organisation DART Connections. With the world becoming increasingly smaller and as personal accessibility heightens, we also ensure our students are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to stay cyber-safe, with recent guest speaker Ross Pascoe from Internet Safe Education  presenting to students and parents on this pertinent topic. ​

All Information Technologies (IT) that we provide for students at St John Fisher College are intended for educational purposes.  This includes internet access, email access, software, the College laptops and other devices. We believe that technology is a useful tool to support and enhance the delivery of quality curriculum.

The College laptop program operates on a loan basis. Every student in the College is issued with a laptop which remains the property of the College. Students need to return their loan laptop when they leave the school.

One of the main benefits of the loan laptop program is that it is fully supported by the College in the event of problems. Students with laptop issues speak to the IT staff at lunch time and/or the allocated times and if the problem is not able to be immediately fixed, a ‘hot swap’ is arranged immediately. This minimises the amount of class time that students are without technology. You can read more about the IT policy at St John Fisher College in the document below. 

The College laptop program operates on a loan basis. Every student in the College is issued with a laptop which remains the property of the College. Students need to return their loan laptop when they leave the school.

SJFC IT Policy and Guidelines Booklet - Version 5 - 2 August 2017.pdf

The benefits of the laptop program really come to fruition with the support of the high-quality technology infrastructure in the College.  Teachers are able to project their lessons to interactive projectors in any of the classrooms.  Curriculum resources and activities can be provided through the College’s online Learning Management System, which is available both on and off campus.

The College continually looks for way to make connections between technology and the plethora of career pathways that exist within this field. Recently robots3.jpgall of our Year 8’s, as well as our Year 10 Digital Technologies class, experienced a Robotics engineering workshop provided by Robogals. Robogals is an international organisation dedicated to encouraging young women in the engineering and technology fields. The Robogals (who were in some cases ‘Roboguys’) were young university students from QUT and The University of Queensland, studying for degrees in Engineering and or Information Technology. Our students engaged in discussions of issues around engineering itself as well as the apparent gender inequality issue in the profession, before spending the largest part of the workshop learning how to program robots to perform various tasks. The recurring theme from Robogals was ‘Who can be an engineer? Anyone!’, and hopefully many of our students were encouraged to consider this option. At SJFC we are able to provide many opportunities to study in this area, using technologies such as Makey Makey’s, mBots and micro:bits to create solutions.

Students studying Digital Technologies also have the opportunity to visit QUT’s amazing “Cube” facility where they take part in STEM activities.  In 2017 the students participated in the ‘Cars of the Future’ Challenge, while  the plan in 2018 is for the Year 9’s to participate in this same experience while the Year 10’s take it up a level, designing an online natural disaster warning system.  In combination with SJFC’s existing Digital Technologies curriculum which includes Game Development, Robotics and Programming in Python, students will be well prepared to take their studies to the next level in Senior where they may choose to study Digital Solutions.  This  curriculum aims to give the students the best possible preparation for their increasingly digital world.