Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies at MHPS
The Victorian school curriculum as set out by the Department of Education and Training includes
Digital Technologies as a key learning area. This part of the curriculum recognises the increasing role
digital technology plays in our society both in a professional and a social context.
At Manifold Heights Primary School (MHPS) we seek to incorporate digital technologies in order to
develop our student’s technical competencies and to enable students to become smart, responsible
and safe digital citizens.
MHPS is an accredited eSmart school and we educate our students on cyber-safe practices. Our
teaching staff stay connected to the latest cyber-safety trends and information as required by the
Department of Education and Training guidelines.
We believe that digital tools are not a replacement for established learning techniques and remain
committed to developing traditional skills including reading, handwriting, and mathematics. Digital
technologies can be used to augment and assist learning in many areas and we seek to ensure the
right balance is achieved through careful lesson/unit planning.
Digital Support Tools
Monitoring applications and online learning tools are used to support and enhance the educational
experiences of all students. Access to online tools allows students to develop contemporary skills
that are valuable in an increasingly digitised environment. This includes the ability to research,
communicate, collaborate and be creative using digital technologies. It is through the use of online
tools that staff give students the opportunity to explore learning beyond the walls of the classroom,
and in doing so, also teach them important skills about how to be critical consumers and ethical
users of the information and websites that they encounter.
MHPS use Google Apps for Education. These applications provide a fast and easy way to collaborate
and learn. The programs within Google Apps for Education offer real-time editing, powerful sharing
capabilities, and seamless compatibility which help prepare our students for future schooling, work
and social environments where these types of tools are prevalent. These tools also help teachers to
enhance individualised student support and provide timely feedback on digital work assignments.
Key Features of Our Digital Technologies Program
The following is a summary of the key elements used at MHPS to deliver our Digital Technologies
 Voluntary Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) program for Grades 3/4
 BYOD program for Grades 5/6
 Access to school-owned iPads for all year levels
 Application subscriptions to Minecraft, Mathletics, Reading Eggs, Sunshine Online, Epic etc.
 Acceptable Use Agreement (Digital Licence) signed by students and parents
 Commitment to implementing and sustaining the eSmart Schools framework
 Ongoing staff education programs that focus on pedagogical practices that enable and
support positive ICT use
 LCD TVs in key learning hubs as well as every classroom
 Parental support for device setup and management
 Annual parent’s information session focused on Digital Technologies
Teaching Frameworks
Effective use of digital technologies is more than just devices in classrooms. Our teachers use a range
of teaching strategies and models. One in use at MHPS is the SAMR model by Ruben R. Puentedura.

At its core, the SAMR model is designed to encourage technology users to ‘redefine’ tasks. This
means that through the use of technology, previously inconceivable results can be achieved. This
includes ways of connecting with others, sharing information, collaboration, research and problem

2020 BYOD Parent Letter (Seniors)
2020 BYOD Parent Letter (Middles)

In 2020, the Senior students will participate in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program. This program is designed to strengthen the learning environment for students and enhance their study skills for their senior years and into secondary school.

In 2020, the Middles students will participate in an optional Bring our Own Device Program which will help them prepare for 1:1 BYOD in Seniors.

ICT @ Mano Newsletter May 2019
Manifold Heights PS Digital Technologies
Parent Information Session FAQ
Acceptable Use Agreement for BYOD & ICT
Parent Information Session Presentation Introduction
Parent Information Session Presentation
Apple Family Funded Program

The Family Funded Program provides in-store, telesales and online purchasing with pricing only available for parents and teachers of Manifold Heights Primary School. In addition, parents will feel confident in their purchase through a unique Personal Setup designed around explaining parental controls, privacy and learning to be able to support their child using a digital platform.

Apple offers special iPad pricing for students attending our school as well as free delivery, engraving, AppleCare+ and accessories. This special pricing is available for purchases made at Apple Stores, through our schools customised online store Manifold Heights PS Store or via the Apple contact centre. If you are purchasing in-store or over the phone just let the specialist know our school’s name.