Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s jobs with yesterday’s tools.
Marshall McLuhan – In Technology
It is somewhat ironic that schools and society have traditionally valued the “Three Rs” whilst technology has been regarded in a somewhat lesser light and yet cultures, societies and civilisations are defined by their technology: the Stone Age. The Iron Age. etc.
As McLuhan argues, technologies are not simply inventions which people employ but are the means by which people are re-invented. So often technology is portrayed as something better suited for those who are “good with their hands”. How old fashioned is this view!
At St Brigid’s College technology is still very much about the development of creative skills but also very much more about thinking. Students are trained from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 12 to approach problems and challenges with an increasingly sophisticated mental skill set –
St. Brigid’s College focuses on Food Production, Textile Production, Business Management and Information Technology. In modern, well-equipped rooms students apply technology processes to solve real-world problems and meet challenges associated with these disciplines.
A major focus of this learning area is students’ understanding and effective use of information technologies and associated communication technologies. At St Brigid’s College, information relating to a range of business needs is used, ranging from media to accounting data. Through continual use and adaptation of these technologies, in an up to date work environment, students are able to learn skills and use these to create solutions for a variety of real life problems and challenges. This enables them to participate effectively in a rapidly changing world.
The Middle Years Programme reinforces the importance and value of these outcomes. It is no coincidence that the personal project requires students to use each stage of the technology process.
At St. Brigid’s College, students are given access to up to date technology both during class time and during recess, lunch and often after school when teachers make facilities such as computer labs available.
Students are also able to access curriculum specific software, online databases and the World Wide Web through the use of 30 networked computers and wireless laptops in the College Library, four computer rooms with 32 computers in each. In addition, Year 7 -10 students have wireless access through their own laptops and students in other Years can also get wireless connectivity using their own equipment providing it meets the required specifications.
St Brigid’s College Design department is committed to furthering students’ skill in these vital technological areas in order that the ever-increasing needs of the wider society may be met by innovative and practical thinkers.