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Technology

Digital technology is a good gift from God. It brings many benefits individually, and to us as a wider community of believers. At Covenant we believe education is not isolated from these benefits.

What we believe about Technology

  • The good gift of digital technology has been tainted by sin. Our role as disciples of Christ is to engage and use it in a way that honours God.  
  • The use of technology adds to the complexity of parenting. The school endeavours to engage with technology in such a way that assists the parents we serve.
  • The education that is provided must engage culturally with the world in which we live, demonstrating an awareness of the benefits, but also inherent risks involved with digital technology.
  • Digital technology provides significant educational opportunities. We need to continually investigate and take advantage of these in the framework of continually improving pedagogy. 

Younger students at Covenant are exposed to technology in a controlled, age-appropriate manner where they learn the benefits and risks associated with the use of digital resources.

Junior School classrooms use a variety of technologies to enhance the learning experience. There is a dedicated computer laboratory and a significant number of shared iPad devices. In Year 5 and 6, students are allocated an individual iPad which stays at school. 

All students in Year 7 will be issued with a school-managed Apple iPad that will be theirs to use until the end of Year 8 (or prior to leaving). 

Tablet devices, particularly the iPad, are very well suited as a personal learning device. Many students are already familiar with the Apple iOS operating system, particularly those students who have been using the iPad at Covenant since Junior School. This familiarity means that students are not hampered by having to learn an operating system, but can adapt very quickly to new and innovative learning opportunities. Students can focus on the learning, not the technology itself. 

It is expected that the iPads will NOT be used in every period of every day in every class. 

There is not a 'one size fits all' approach to personal technologies, therefore the BYOD program gives students and parents the opportunity to select a device that suits the preferences and personal learning needs of the individual student.