Learning Spotlight on Digital Skills in the Primary Classroom - Glasshouse Christian College

Learning Spotlight on Digital Skills in the Primary Classroom

  • April 17, 2024

Learning Spotlight on Digital Skills in the Primary Classroom

In today’s digital age, equipping students with essential digital skills is important to their academic and future success. At GCC, we recognise the value of integrating technology into the primary classroom to prepare our students for the ever-evolving digital landscape.

One-to-one device initiatives have revolutionised teaching and learning, offering students opportunities to develop digital literacy skills from an early age. With iMac laptops for years 3 to 6 and iPads for younger students, our primary classrooms are hubs of digital exploration and learning.

One of the key benefits of incorporating devices into the classroom is the opportunity for students to hone their digital skills. From navigating software and applications to conducting online research, students learn valuable technical skills that are essential in today’s digital world. By providing access to devices, we empower students to become confident and competent users of technology, preparing them for the demands of the 21st-century workforce.

Devices also play a crucial role in facilitating drill and practice activities, particularly in subjects like mathematics and literacy. Interactive educational apps and programs provide students with personalised learning experiences, allowing them to practise and reinforce essential concepts at their own pace. Through targeted feedback and adaptive learning algorithms, students can identify areas for improvement and track their progress over time, promoting mastery and retention of key skills.

In addition to drill and practice, devices serve as powerful tools for student collaboration and presentation. Platforms such as the Google Suite enable students to collaborate on projects, share ideas, and present their work to their peers and teachers. By using these digital tools, students develop important communication and teamwork skills while showcasing their creativity and understanding of the curriculum.

Devices also offer boundless opportunities for research and exploration. With access to a wealth of information at their fingertips, students can dive into topics of interest, conduct independent research, and engage with multimedia resources to deepen their understanding of the world around them. By encouraging inquiry-based learning, we foster curiosity and critical thinking skills, empowering students to become lifelong learners and informed global citizens.

At GCC, we believe in harnessing the power of technology to enhance teaching and learning in the primary classroom. By integrating devices into our curriculum, we provide students with the tools and skills they need to thrive in an increasingly digital society. We encourage parents to support their child’s digital learning journey by engaging with technology at home and fostering a positive attitude towards digital literacy. Together, we can empower our students to become confident, creative, and responsible digital citizens.

Sarah Jennings, Primary Curriculum Coordinator

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