technology

Technology provides many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction.

ICT tools at PLC Armidale provide our students with immediate access to intellectual resources. This access has the potential to redefine learning outcomes, broaden intellectual horizons, cater for differentiated student needs, and enrich teaching and learning strategies with creative and innovative approaches. 

As a leading technologically innovative school, PLC Armidale is paving the way with this initiative in NSW and in the New England region, through our connection with the NBN.

In fact, in 2011, the then Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard, chose PLC Armidale as the location to officially switch on Australia's NBN connection. Since that time, we have been successfully utilising the NBN connection to access opportunities for students and staff, both nationally and globally. Our Science faculty has been involved with the University of NSW's Mars Yard Project, and our English faculty has participated in a series of virtual debates. Our College Foundation has also used the high speed internet connection to undertake meetings via the video-conference facility. 

Interactive

Alongside individual technology ownership and use, PLC Armidale has interactive whiteboards in its classrooms across the campus. 

Staff keep abreast of technological innovations by trialing different technologies such as iPads, tablet computers, AV recording devices, real time sensors and probes, video conferencing, Internet broadcasting, NFC connections, and so on. WiFi access is available across the whole campus.

Digital Citizenship

These benefits have been seen through our use of a 1:1 program at PLC Armidale over the past years for Years 6-12. To maintain this growth and in response to family feedback, in 2014 PLC Armidale introduced a compulsory “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) for Years 5-9 (and optional for Years 3 & 4).

A comprehensive guide to BYOT at PLC Armidale is available in our BYOT Handbook (PDF 745.8KB).

EDUMATE

Edumate is the student management system which PLC Armidale uses to manage the contact details, attendance and academic reports for students. The Parent Portal is a vital tool in improving the communication between the school and parents.

The website address for Edumate is:  https://edumate.plcarmidale.nsw.edu.au.  Please view the following User Guide for information about accessing the Parent Portal.  User Guide (PDF 1.7MB)

To learn more about Edumate, please email:  edumate@plcarmidale.nsw.edu.au

mobile phones 

If mobile phones are brought to school, they are the sole responsibility of the student.

Phones are to be switched off during class, and Year 7-10 students must hand their phone to the teacher before class, to be collected at the end of the lesson. 

For more information about Technology at PLC Armidale, please contact:

Mr David Moffitt

ICT Integration Coordinator

or 

Mr Ross Gailer

Communications Manager

Tel: (+612) 6770 1700