Stella Maris recognises that emerging information technologies have changed the nature of accessing information. The internet, multimedia and computer resources provide students with high interest and exciting challenges that are used as effective tools by the teachers to enrich the curriculum and provide for the wide ranging needs of our students.
At Stella Maris, Information, Communication and Learning Technologies (ICLT) are used in the classroom as a support tool that enhances teaching and learning in all curriculum areas. All students have equal access to the computers in their classroom.
View our Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement, which each student and parent/carer is asked to sign at the commencement of each year.
Stella Maris strives to be a technology-rich school by integrating technology into all learning and teaching areas to enhance learning and to prepare students for their role in the digital world in which we live. As part of this aim, we have implemented a 1:1 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) iPad Program for our Year 5 and 6 students.
Today’s generation of students view technology as part of their everyday environment. With 1:1 learning, each student will have access to an iPad to use at school, enabling communication and collaboration among peers and teachers, connecting parents to their child’s learning. Educators are provided with digital tools to create learning plans, manage educational content, track student progress and more.
As part of the program, iPads are used to integrate technology into learning and teaching programs, to allow students to demonstrate the desired outcomes in a manner that is not possible using traditional methods.
It is expected that all apps designated by the school are made available on the student's iPad. The manager of the Apple ID will always be required to enable purchases to be downloaded. Automatic updates should be enabled on your iPad.
All paid school/educational apps to be used will be purchased by Stella Maris and supplied to the students via a download link. Students will be emailed the app link/s to their school email account for download. The cost of the apps for the year will be covered by the technology fee and these apps will be gifted to the students. This will be organised after the bootcamp in early Term 1 each year.
A list of required free apps will be provided to you with your student requirement list for the upcoming year. Please ensure the free apps that students need are downloaded before Week 3 of Term 1.
To succeed and thrive in our fast-changing world, students need to have a strong foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). STEM develops key skills in problem solving and critical thinking by integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics through authentic learning experiences. We promote the development of 21st century learning skills by increasing STEM engagement and participation within classrooms and weekly lunchtime activities in our STEM Makerspace. Students are partake in a variety of problem solving activities, including coding, programming and robotics.
Oliver is our school’s Library Management System. It is fully web-based, so the whole school community can access library resources including eBooks and Audiobooks. Simple, clear search options like dynamic picture searches help young students find books and other resources that appeal to them. They can also choose from a huge selection of background graphics and avatars to personalise their library experience.
Oliver means students and staff can also manage their loans and reservations — anywhere, anytime.
Digital citizenship is a priority at Stella Maris, with all students participating in learning experiences that focus on being responsible and ethical users of technology.
Teachers use a range of resources developed by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and other online safety organisations, to assist in the ongoing education of our students in being safe and responsible digital citizens.
The CEDoW Digital Citizenship Program Site provides a program of resources for our students on digital citizenship.