As a Catholic Christian community we educate all to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world. (BCE Learning and Teaching Framework 2012)
The Australian Curriculum reflects the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) that young people are entitled to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities.
The Australian Curriculum describes specific knowledge, understanding and skills about technology and its use in ways that are interactive, multimodal and provide flexibility across contexts and audiences. Ways to use, share, develop and communicate with ICT are named within the content of individual Learning Areas of the curriculum and the use of ICT is integrated across all Learning Areas through the ICT General Capability.
Catholic Education is called to meet the challenges of learning in a digital age. Expressed in the words of Pope Francis, “The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God”. (Pope Francis: 2014).
Learning and living are not two separate endeavours that students engage with in isolation. Technologies and their uses are pervasive across all areas of our society and modern living.
In response, we need to ensure that learning can take place in flexible, resource-rich environments where technology supports connected, real life and real time learning and teaching.