Students at Avoca State School are supported in developing important computer and communication skills to prepare them for the future. Our school is networked with high-tech fibre optic cabling to enable high speed exchange of data and internet access. Classrooms have access to interactive data projectors or whiteboards and very fast wireless connectivity. Each classroom has a number of computers for students to use for learning and research. The system is monitored by Education Queensland’s MIS internet security system which disables access to inappropriate websites and intercepts email containing unsuitable messages or language. Students and parents sign an agreement for responsible use of ICT’s prior to being granted access.
The technology key learning area is organised under the two sub-strands: technology as a human endeavour and information, materials and systems (resources). Students use their imagination and creativity to make sense of the designed world as they investigate products used in everyday situations and identify how these meet needs and wants. They develop an understanding of characteristics of a range of resources (information, materials and/or systems). They gain an awareness of local Australian resources and how these have contributed to technology processes and products, in the past and present. They see the place of technology in people’s work and community lives.