Technology Vision Statement
(Saltus Technology Steering Committee)
- To utilise technological innovation to inspire lifelong learning
- To bring the world to the classroom by participating in the global community, providing opportunities for real-world problem solving
- To provide access to anywhere, anytime learning that extends beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom and time constraints
- To empower faculty and staff in developing professional learning communities as they embrace new technologies and digital spaces
As a learning tool, technology allows our students to access and compare information, explore rich and flexible media, to collaborate with others, and to represent and articulate what they know via a dynamic and relevant medium. It allows our students to display their knowledge more readily and more effectively; this allows our teachers to gain an insight into their student’s learning.
As a teaching tool, technology allows our teachers to deliver their messages in a dynamic and exciting manner. Concepts and ideas may be shared in more concrete and engaging ways. In the same way that the technology allows our students to show what they know, so our teachers may represent their message more effectively.
As a communication tool, technology offers an unprecedented medium for the exchange of ideas and information among every member of our school community. Individuals are able to reach out to fellow students and faculty locally and in the global community.
As an administrative tool, technology allows us to perform the multitude of tasks that serve the needs of our school’s membership. The collection, collation and review of data allow us to know our students more comprehensively and to serve their individual needs more appropriately. The data can be shared with faculty and parents alike and we build the partnership which supports and sustains good learning.
Technology in Curriculum and Instruction
Saltus maximises teaching and learning by enabling access to technology for all teachers and students. We have a stable infrastructure which allows both campuses access to our 100 MB network. Staff and students benefit from wireless connectivity from virtually anywhere on the school grounds.. The School has a standardised set of technology tools, hardware and software that promotes student achievement, fosters best practises in teaching and learning, and facilitates cost-effective professional development and technical support. Teachers and students have access to technology tools to support their needs both during and after school. Each teacher has access to a laptop or tablet device, a networked printer and a SMART Board or TV for projection.
One-To-One Secondary Device Programme
Students in S7 through SGY own tablets or laptops purchased through the School for use in class and at home as a part of our One-To-One Secondary Device Programme. Students in their final year (SGY2) are provided with a leasing option. The tablet or laptop device is purchased for the student by Saltus and imaged with all necessary software. Student accounts are charged for this expense. Devices are purchased with a 3 year warranty and Complete Care package, which covers accidental damage. Students are expected to refresh their device, by purchasing a new one at least once during their Saltus career.
Students learn Internet safety via the digital citizenship programme, which includes age-appropriate discussions of online behaviour, cyberbullying and respectful use of online tools. Students use their laptops to organize their work, write essays and take notes, conduct research, create multimedia presentations, write reports, and communicate via email. All students are issued with a Saltus email account which is hosted internally on our Exchange server. All academic courses are accessible via a content management system (Netclassroom) through which students and parents can access assignments, grades, and report cards.
The Social Media Policy outlines clear guidelines for maintaining privacy, confidentiality and security in the digital world. Families sign a Responsible Use Agreement that outlines in a positive manner the practises students must follow with regard to digital technology.
Primary iPad Programme
In our Primary iPad Programme, children in Foundation Year through S6 have access to iPads in a ratio of 1 iPad for every 6 students. This distribution allows the teachers to use the device as a creation tool to support learning. Children learn digital literacy and practise digital citizenship through a sequential series of lessons embedded in the curriculum. Information Computer Technology is taught as an integrated element of the primary curriculum.
Technical Support is provided to faculty, staff and students through the Help Desk web portal. Users can submit a technology service request by using the online form via a shortcut on their desktop. Students may bring in equipment several times during the School day for help. Requests are tracked via TrackIt! software. Students may receive a loaner device when they bring in equipment for repair. Our Help Desk will diagnose the issue and will repair software issues on site. Hardware repair is provided through certified Dell computer technicians at a local service provider for devices under warranty.
The Help Desk is located on the third floor of the Gosling Centre and is open daily when school is in session during the following hours:
8:00-9:00 am (Before School)
10:30-11:00 am (Recess)
12:45-1:45 PM (Lunch)
3:30-4:00 PM (After School)
The Help Desk may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 279-6170.