Vision for digital technology and digital literacy at our school

Digital literacy refers to an individual's ability to find, evaluate and compose clear information through writing and other mediums on various digital platforms.  Digital literacy develops an individual's grammar, composition, typing and problem solving skills.  It builds students’ ability to use technology to produce writings, images, audio and designs. Digital literacy is developed through stand-alone computers and mobile devices that access the internet and utilise social media. Digital literacy does not replace traditional forms of literacy, instead building upon the skills that form the foundation of traditional forms of literacy.

A considered and measured approach is vital when implementing a digital literacy program.  Whilst there is broad, general support for technology in schools, there is a need to ensure clear goals across the curriculum.  Computers are tools just like textbooks and whiteboards; simply having the tool isn’t guaranteed to improve student outcomes.  Our focus on traditional forms of literacy and numeracy is supplemented and supported by digital platforms.

Our digital literacy program has three distinct phases, aligning with the three phases of education.

  • Year 7 and 8 students have access to school owned devices through desktop computers in our multi-use spaces and laptop computers that can be moved into any classroom.

  • Year 9 and 10 students are part of our ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) program.  Devices are taken to the majority of classes.

  • Year 11 and 12 bring their own device to classes. There are some tasks for which a device is regularly required, and others where students have a choice about whether or not to use a device.

Thornbury High School believes that the appropriate use of digital technologies at school allows the development of valuable skills and knowledge and prepares students to thrive in our globalised and interconnected world.