Technology Matters

At St John's our students are introduced to, and regularly use, a variety of technological devices to support their learning. This use is monitored at school and is a shared responsibility with parents at home. Wherever possible families are kept informed of the advancing skills of their children and the personal and security implications of devices used.

Throughout their time at St John's students' learning will be enhanced through the use of laptops, microphones, headphones, digital cameras, electronic whiteboards, iPads, eBooks and a variety of online resources. Students will also use a selection of regularly updated Applications which also support the curriculum offered.

Our Grades 5 and 6 students each have access to a school allocated iPad for curricular activities at school and all other students regularly use class allocated iPads. We are increasingly surprised at young children’s confidence and skills at making their way around devices, however, we are mindful that this readiness to explore often occurs with little consideration of possible consequences.

We remind families that your children are watching and learning constantly though your modelled use of technology. Through curricular activities, students will learn safe and responsible use of technologies, in particular the dangers and implications of sharing personal information online.

As children are being exposed to an increasing number of personal devices at home, we encourage parents to be aware and stay up to date with new communication trends and the associated threats.  We also encourage parents to monitor their children’s use of electronic devices, to set limits for screen time activities and to especially monitor the time spent online by children.

Points to Note:

Personal electronic devices such as mobile phones, deemed necessary by parents for student safety travelling to and from school, must be handed in to the school office or classroom teacher at the start of the school day and collected prior to leaving school at the end of the day.

Personal electronic devices including mobile phones are not permitted on school excursions or school camps.

Further Information for Parents:

Cyber-Safety: A School & Family Responsibility

Understanding Restrictions / Parental Controls on iPads

Social Media Contract - Use or Modify to Suit Your Family

The Good Schools Guide- 10 Top Educational Apps for Kids