Information & Communication TechnologyHawker Area School continuously updates ICT equipment and infrastructure to support the use of learning technologies across the learning environment. In recent years the Federal Digital Education Revolution initiative, being facilitated through DECD has supported the addition of Wireless Networking infrastructure and 1:1 laptop computer use for students from Year 9-12. This enables the use of technology “anytime, anywhere” as students move about the school, indoors and outdoors. Senior secondary students may also opt to take their laptop home. Primary classes also have access to laptop computers, and classrooms continue to be equipped with Interactive whiteboards and a mono laser printer. Multifunction printers have been installed for Curriculum use in the Computer Suite and the Library, for colour printing and scanning. Digital still cameras, Flip video cameras are available through the Library. Senior secondary photography students have access to a Digital SLR camera, and video cameras are also provided.
Apple Ipads is being used to support the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden lessons and Languages classes.
Cisco Telepresence Movi Video conferencing is used for Music Lessons. The school has its own Moodle site and this is being developed to enhance the schools capacity to participate in shared delivery of curriculum.
The teachers also have access to video conferencing software that can enhance the learning of the students and enable staff to undertake Professional Development without leaving Hawker.
The school delivers ICT as a subject to R-9 classes. Students learn how to use the basic programs such as Microsoft Office but can also practice their touch typing, learn how to protect themselves on the internet and explore digital photography and picture manipulation. Students have also produced slide shows, photo stories and directed and filmed videos on a number of different programs that the school has to offer.