In the Australian Curriculum, ICT is described as a general capability and is applied to all learning areas of the Curriculum. The capability involves students learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment (ACARA, 2013).
The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) recognises that in a digital age, and with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use. Students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities.
ICT is viewed as a connector across each of our communities and an enabler of learning.
The Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese recognises that learning is not fixed by time or place and that technology is becoming central to all learning (Kalantzis, Cope & The Learning by Design Group, 2005).
In January 2015, the CEO purchased Chromebooks for all students to support the use of Google apps (known as GSuite). Parents pay an annual levy for this system. To be sure that no one is financially disadvantaged this levy is recalculated annually. At the end of a three-year cycle, the Chromebook may be purchased for the student for a minimal fee.
All teachers continue to participate in professional learning and Information and Communication Technology Teachers (ICTTs) work closely with classroom teachers to support the integration of technology into all key learning areas.