Technology

Why Celebrate Technology?

Technology Day is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the role technology plays in our lives, how technology has developed over time, and what our responsibilities are as digital citizens in the wider world.

Oh The Places You Will Go: VR in the Classroom

Want to swim with sharks, or visit the Louvre in Paris, spend an hour in Venice? What about a visit to the jungle to see wild animals up close? Well, these are all things our girls can do without leaving the College.

Skype A Scientist

Our Year 5 students were very excited to Skype with Julianna Kadar, a shark biologist at the Macquarie University, from their classroom this week. Julianna’s work focuses on Port Jackson shark movement and migration, which ties in with the topic of adaptation

The Upside of Social Media

Social media receives a lot of criticism. It is often a forum for bullying, fake news and is a poor influence on our mental health and self-esteem. Are there any positives for our children in using these platforms?

The Upside of Social Media

Social media receives a lot of criticism. It is often a forum for bullying, fake news and is a poor influence on our mental health and self-esteem. Are there any positives for our children in using these platforms?

Students Learn Animation with Amazing Results

The Year 11 ATAR Applied Information Technology students have been creating animated children’s TV show advertisements using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects. These videos are the result of hours of trial, error, backward steps, learning and effort.

Photography Competition Winners Announced

Pubbles is our media publishing co-curricular group at Santa Maria College.  The group consists of students in Years 7-12 and they produce graphics, posters and digital art and also take photos at College events. 

Learning About Technology

Technology Day was celebrated this week. Students had the opportunity to learn about different forms of technology through a range of activities.

1st Prize - Portrait - Josie Farrar

Budding Photographers

As part of our celebration of technology this week students involved in the Pubbles crew co-curricular group were invited to enter into the annual Technology Day photography competition. The competition was open to students from Years 7 – 12. Students submitted photos to three categories, Black and White, Landscape and Portrait.

Two New Worrying App Developments for Teens and Tweens

This week the social media app Snapchat launched Snap Map. It is a location tracking feature. A map shows where users are and sometimes what they are doing, as pictured above.

There has been a lot of media around the release of this update and it has been described as ‘a paedophile’s dream’. Many apps have this geolocation service, however, the upset around this one is that Snapchat is used predominantly by tweens and young teens.

Digital Saturation Linked to Falling Reading Levels

Today the average Australian household has 12 Internet enabled devices. We have invited this technology into our homes, our workplaces and our schools and as yet it is unregulated. It hasn’t been possible to study long term effects because…there has been no long term yet!

Why a Mobile Phone Ban is a Gift to Students

The fact that parents believe mobile phones are essential to keeping kids safe is testament to the power of marketing. If phone companies really were worried about the wellbeing of children, they would be heavily marketing cheap ‘dumb’ phones…phones that just make calls. But that isn’t the case.

This Week in Technology & Commerce

There are many exciting things happening in the Technology & Commerce Department at the moment, with a significant coding program being introduced across the Year 8 and 9 curricula.

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