ICT at Morris
At Morris, the ever-increasing impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on teaching and learning is recognised and embraced. Morris students use technology regularly as a tool to enhance their learning. ICT supports all curriculum areas and underpins the learning of the PYP program. Morris has its own ICT Scope and Sequence document that infuses the elements of the PYP and encompasses the ACARA elements of:
Investigating is to carry out a purposeful inquiry or research, to test existing understanding, discover new information and create new understanding. Through investigation, learners critically evaluate a variety of sources, making connections and synthesising findings to apply knowledge to real-life contexts.
Creating is a process through which learners are provided with an opportunity to innovate and test boundaries. Learners construct meaning, apply critical thinking and original ideas to real-world situations, and share knowledge through self-expression, problem-posing and problem-solving, and reflection. Communicating is the exchange of information with various audiences using a range of media and formats. Effective communicators contribute to cross-cultural understanding, make informed choices when deciding on tools to articulate meaning, and provide relevant, significant feedback to others.
Collaborating is the process through which learners validate and negotiate ideas and reach a deeper understanding and a global perspective. Learners are empowered through digital media and environments and through active participation in creating and sharing knowledge.
Organising is the ability to structure or arrange connected items. Learners understand that ICT systems can be used to inform, adapt, manage and problem-solve during their creative, communicative, collaborative and investigative processes. Learners make connections, transfer existing knowledge and independently explore new technologies.
Becoming Responsible Digital Citizens
Becoming a responsible digital citizen involves using ICT to make informed and ethical choices while acting with integrity and honesty. In a globally connected digital world, learners are empowered to be responsible for their actions, to value others’ rights and to practise safe and legal behaviours. The Friends’ School has its own Digital Citizenship Guide.