Auburn Public School has Technology Room on the K-2 site that is accessed by all teachers and students. Included are 31 desktop computers, an interactive whiteboard, video-conferencing facilities and internet connection, including Wifi. Students attend sessions in the Technology Room every 2 weeks for an hour.
There are 2 Technology mentors who assist in upskilling all students K-6, as well as classroom teachers, in their ICT knowledge and skills on Thursdays and Fridays.
On top of desktop computers available in each classroom or joining space, there is a wide range of innovative technology resources available across the school that teachers can implement in their teaching and learning programs, including:
- a variety of school software programs
- internet resources and Web 2.0 tools
- share files for students
- interactive whiteboards
- a wii
- Makeys Makeys
The school's network is also maintained weekly by a specialist technician.
Coding and Robotics – Beebots, Spheros, Makey Makeys, EV3s
In 2011 we introduced a Beebot program in conjunction with MacICT at Macquarie University. The aim of the project was to use this technology as a tool to learn certain skills through play. Directional language, Maths outcomes, cooperation, collaboration and negotiation are some of the skills students learnt using these resources. These hands-on robots are multi-sensory and stimulate the students' imagination and creativity thinking through exploration and discovery. These resources are used mainly by Kindergarten and Stage 1 teachers to support teaching programs, particularly literacy and mathematics.
We have a strong partnership with Macquarie University and each year a Stage 3 class is invited to participate in a Robotics program. They are given the opportunity to explore EV3 robots and learn how to build and program a robot to complete certain tasks. Students are required to work collaboratively in a small group and learn how to think deeply and test their analytical and problem-solving abilities while having fun!
As part of the implement of the new coding curriculum, teachers and students will have the opportunity to use Spheros and Makey Makeys to practise their coding skills.
After School Programs
Auburn Public School offers a ‘Robotics’ and ‘Minecraft Club’ program which run after school on Mondays and Wednesdays for students in Years 3-6. Only 25 students are accepted to participate in these programs, which are run by school teachers who volunteer their time.
These afternoons give students a range of opportunities to develop and improve on a variety of skills on top of coding and technology skills, such as collaboration, problem-solving and communication.
All students have the opportunity to participate in emailing through the DoE portal during the year both in the classroom, the Technology Room and from home.
Some teachers may use emails for communication, or for setting homework or assignment tasks.
To access your email - log in via the DoE Portal.