Frankston SDS understands that digital technologies including the internet, apps, computers and tablets can provide students with rich opportunities to support learning and development in a range of ways.
Digital technologies enable our students to interact with and create high-quality content, resources and tools. It also enables personalised learning tailored to students’ particular needs and interests and provides alternatives for assessment, reporting and feedback.
Frankston SDS believes that the use of digital technologies at school allows the development of valuable skills such as communication and social competencies, and prepares students to have more independence across all aspects of their lives. Our school’s vision is to empower students to use digital technologies to reach their personal best and fully equip them to contribute positively to society as happy, healthy young adults.
iPads at Frankston SDS
Every student at Frankston SDS from prep to school leaving is entitled to use a school-issued iPad during school hours within each term. Families are required to pay an annual sum of $50per iPad as outlined on the Parent Payment Policy. While not fully covering the cost of the iPad, the annual payment partly contributes to the implementation costs involved in running the program.
Students must bring their charged iPad to school each day to be used during class time for a range of targeted learning activities including communication.
Students and families are required to ensure that the iPad remains in a protective case and is used responsibly at home.
Families are responsible for covering the cost of repair as a result of damage and loss of school issued iPads.
Safe and appropriate use of digital technologies
Digital technology, if not used appropriately, may present risks to users’ safety or wellbeing. At Frankston SDS, we are committed to educating all students to be safe, responsible and discerning in the use of digital technologies, equipping them with skills and knowledge to navigate the digital age.
At Frankston SDS we:
- use online sites and digital tools that support students’ learning, and focus our use of digital technologies on being learning-centred and both educationally and developmentally appropriate
- supervise and support students using digital technologies in the classroom
- effectively and efficiently address any issues or incidents that have the potential to impact the well-being of our students
- educate our students to use digital technologies safely and responsibly in alignment with School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support and I Can Be Independent protective behaviour programs including the importance of online privacy