Digital Technology is an integral part of the learning and teaching process at OLA. In our increasing technological society, it is important for children to see technology as a practical tool which aids their life learning and which performs worthwhile and beneficial functions.
At OLA we have a dedicated computer lab incorporating a mixture of desktop computers, touchscreen all-in-one computers, and a bank of laptops. Each classroom has its own interactive smartboard and desktop computers.
It is an exciting time at OLA as we transition from our 1-to-1 iPad program to a technology program incorporating a variety of digital devices. 2017 has provided us with an opportunity to explore more technology with the students in an ever changing digital world. We have been able to purchase several banks of Chromebooks and iPads which will be available for use in all classrooms this year.
2017 has also seen the introduction of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes for all students. STEM is an approach to teaching the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a cohesive, integrated way rather than as discrete disciplines. STEM learning encourages collaborative, hands-on inquiry in which students work through the process of problem-solving using their scientific literacy and logical thinking to design and implement an investigation. To assist with the teaching of STEM classes, we have also been able to purchase a class set of Lego WeDo 2.0 for use with the Gr2-6 classes, as well as a class set of BeeBots to use with the junior classes.