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.
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
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.
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 all
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.
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.