Children are born into a digital world where technology is an integral part of their every day lives. Information today is electronic, instant, easily accessible and constantly transforming. Therefore, digital technologies play a significant role in how children learn, share and access information. 

Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 attend digital technologies specialist classes once a week. In these classes, students explore new technology, design and create user graphical user interfaces (including touch-screen digital menus for the school's cafe program and other real-world businesses), learn to program games, drones and robots and then control those devices using a variety of peripherals.

At St Dominic's, technology is used daily by the staff and students. The ICT equipment at St Dominic's consists of:
  • Each classroom having either a Smart TV or an Interactive Whiteboard/Projector
  • Each teacher has a MacBook Air and an iPad Air to utilise with their students
  • Each classroom having an Apple TV
  • Year 4-6 classes having two banks of MacBook Pros available in their classrooms, with Windows also installed on one of the banks of MacBooks
  • A bank of Chromebooks which can be used by all grades           
  • A bank of iPads which can be used by all grades
  • A green screen which is available to all grades
  • A 55 inch touchscreen kiosk
  • A touchscreen table
  • Two 40 inch touchscreen TVs.

During 2015, St Dominic's rolled out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program starting with the Year 5 & 6 students. Since then, we have pushed this and extended the program to incorporate the Year 3 & 4 students. This has been a great success, with many students in the school participating in the program. Students bringing their own device from home which allows teachers more freedom to incorporate technology into their daily lessons to support learning within their classroom.

Student use of technology is supported via the following annually-revised policies:

Senior Students Create A Boost Juice App!

As part of their digital technologies classes, senior students have been learning about graphical user interfaces. Some of the students have worked hard to create a fully interactive and functional in-store app designed exclusively for Boost Juice, which customers could potentially use to help them order both drinks and snacks in a fun, interactive and informative way. The app has been designed to work on Windows, iOS and Android devices. 

As part of our pitch to Boost Juice, we filmed a promotional video:

Here are some of the students giving an overview of each section of the app that they were responsible for creating:

Prior to creating this app, all senior students created a digital marketing advertisement for Boost Juice too:

CEO and founder of Boost Juice, Janine Allis, kindly responded with a personal video:

We hope that representatives from Boost Juice can come and try out the app soon!

Cafe Eyrie is a student-lead cooking initiative at St Dominic's. Every Friday, Year 5 students prepare, cook and serve a variety of savoury and sweet meals for the school community. Each week parents and one grade are invited to dine at the Café. Our students are exposed to preparing the menu, preparing the food, cooking, serving and handing money.

Whilst students normally take student, staff and parent orders by hand, some of our senior students decided to create a digital interactive cafe menu for our school cafe that works on Windows, Android and iOS devices. They needed to make the menu in two formats, portrait and landscape. Here are two of our students giving an explanation of the features of their app designs:

We look forward to the next group of senior students learning how to modify the app to adjust it to match each week's new menu items!