At Overnewton College, our priority is to provide our students with the best possible learning opportunities. Our young people are digital citizens, raised with technology at their fingertips and our children are starting primary school in a digital age. At Overnewton College, we embrace the extremely rapid technological change that is taking place and have shifted from a time when ‘computer skills’ were taught in isolated IT labs to a world where technology is fully embedded. As such, Overnewton College has an integrated approach to the development of Information and Communication Technologies skills from Prep through to Graduation and our teachers incorporate modern teaching strategies to harness the power of technology to enhance student engagement and create individualised approaches to learning.
As the College moves forward in realising the OACC Strategic Plan, innovation is at the forefront of embedding Information and Communication Technologies into the teaching and administration of schooling to harness the benefits that technology has to offer. According to Shear et al (2011) these benefits include: improvements in students’ personal organisation; development of key 21st Century Skills; collaboration, knowledge building, self-regulation, real-world problem solving and innovation, and the use of ICT to support learning.1
Our vision for transforming learning through our decision-making around the choice of devices and technology models is for a transformative and sustainable impact on the success of all students that includes:
Research by the World Economic Forum estimates that 65% of children entering primary school will find themselves in occupations that today do not yet exist and that 90% of organisations currently have an IT skills shortage. To prepare the talent needed for the digital economy, education must adapt as fast as the demand for IT skills is growing and evolving.2
Image: The role of technology in the education of the future, World Economic Forum