Apollo Parkways Primary School has for many years operated at the leading edge in the integration of technologies into the teaching and learning process. Our initial involvement in the Navigator Schools project saw a very early uptake of computer technology into classrooms. Subsequent to this we maintained and further developed our capacities through the NAVCON consortium and CeLL (Creating eLearning Leaders) project. Our successful involvement in these projects has been underpinned by a committed and clearly understood whole school approach to our educational philosophies – founded very soundly on the importance of technology in the educational process of young people in the 21st century.
Our technology rich classrooms – iPads, laptops, digital cameras, video cameras, digital microscopes, classroom display devices with Apple TV wireless connections, and interactive short-throw projectors, provide for all children (Prep - Grade 6) to be involved in a vast array of learning and teaching opportunities that can be made ever more engaging through the use of technologies. Over a number of years we have taken a particular focus on the enhancement of literacy learning through the development of visual literacy/multiliteracies.
Victorian Curriculum - Technologies: Digital Technologies
In 2018 with full implementation of the Victorian Curriculum, coding has been introduced across the school. This has been a joint undertaking with our Technology Coordinator working alongside teachers in classrooms to develop their skills and understandings in this new area as they work with our students.
Equipment such as SPRK+ Sphero Robots, Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots have been purchased and utilised in classrooms, including four Pegasus Program. Engaging unplugged activities that develop student's understanding of coding has been paramount to developing understandings, creating algorithms and debugging problems to develop efficient coding solutions.
Please view the 'Our Students' pages on our website to see some of the wonderful work of our classrooms - much of it produced with the aid of technology.