Learning Technology

Through the use of Learning Technology, students develop transdisciplinary skills and approaches to learning which enable them to demonstrate ever increasing levels of digital literacy.

 

The Learning Technology programme at Clearwater Bay School is designed to prepare students for a world where technology literacy and associated skills are vital.

We believe in the use of imaginative and innovative eLearning technology which enables students to investigate, create, communicate and collaborate throughout the curriculum. Students are taught to organise information and data, manage their use of technology and through the attributes of the learner profile, we teach students to be responsible digital citizens.

We recognise that we are preparing students for a world which will be different from the one we live in today, and for roles that might not yet exist. We value the role that technology plays in the modern world, and we take advantage of opportunities to use technology authentically to support student’s inquiries, developing our student’s skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding through the transdisciplinary programme of inquiry.

At Clearwater Bay School, students are given the opportunity to learn through the use of technology, embedded within the transdisciplinary units of inquiry as well as learning technology skills linked to the key concepts.

Devices & Apps

Devices

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Buying a device for home

Devices

At Clearwater Bay School, our students use a variety of learning technology devices, equipment and apps. During their time at school, students will use…

  • iPads
  • HP Chromebook
  • Acer Spin Touchscreen Chromebook
  • Macbook Air

More details can be found on the year group tabs above.

Technology in Year 1

In Year 1, our students use:

  • iPads
    • a set of 30 iPads (2017) are shared between the four classes.

They learn how to:

  • take photographs, video and audio recording
  • write and draw
  • scan QR codes
  • explore block-based coding

The apps used are:

  • Camera, Photos, Photo Booth, Notepad (all apps included with iPad)
  • Seesaw (journal and portfolio app)
  • Scratch Jr, Beebot (coding/programming apps)

The children also enjoy using:

 

Technology in Year 2

In Year 2, our students use:

  • iPads
    • a set of 30 iPad Mini 2 are shared between the four classes.
  • HP Chromebooks
    • a set of 30 Chromebooks are shared between the four classes.

They learn how to:

  • tell stories using stop-motion animation and comic strips
  • create ‘green screen’ movies
  • create and share documents in GSuite
  • explore block-based coding

The apps used are:

  • Green Screen by DoInk  review  HK$23.00
  • Strip Designer
  • Puppet Pals 2: School Edition  review  HK$48.00
  • Seesaw (journal and portfolio app)
  • Scratch Jr, Beebot (coding/programming apps)
  • HKeTransport  link
  • Hong Kong money  link
  • MTR Mobile  link

The children also enjoy using:

 

Technology in Year 3

In Year 3, our students use:

  • Acer Spin touchscreen Chromebooks
    • a set of 30 Chromebooks are shared between two classes.
  • iPads
    • a set of 30 iPad Mini 2 are shared between the eight Y3 & Y4 classes.

 


They learn how to:

  • tell stories using stop-motion animation and comic strips
  • create ‘green screen’ movies
  • create and share documents in GSuite
  • explore block-based coding

The apps used are:

  • Green Screen by DoInk  review  HK$23.00
  • Strip Designer
  • Puppet Pals 2: School Edition  review  HK$48.00
  • Seesaw (journal and portfolio app)
  • Scratch Jr, Beebot (coding/programming apps)
  • HKeTransport  link
  • Hong Kong money  link
  • MTR Mobile  link

The children also enjoy using:

 

Technology in Year 4

In Year 4, our students use:

  • Acer Spin touchscreen Chromebooks
    • a set of 30 Chromebooks are shared between two classes.
  • iPads
    • a set of 30 iPad Mini 2 are shared between the eight Y3 & Y4 classes.

 


They learn how to:

  • use computers to design in 2D and 3D
  • search for Creative Commons licensed images to use in their own work
  • create and share websites in Google Sites
  • create custom maps online
  • use iMovie app to create and edit news reports
  • record photos, videos and audio in a variety of formats
  • explore block-based coding

The apps used are:

  • Tinkercad  online
  • Google Drawing & Google Sites (GSuite)
  • iMovie (iPad app)
  • Seesaw (journal and portfolio app)
  • Google Cardboard Camera  online

The children also enjoy using:

 

Technology in Year 5

In Year 5, our students use:

  • HP Chromebooks
    • a set of 30 Chromebooks are shared between two classes.
  • iPads
    • each classroom has 4 iPads.
  • Macbook Air
    • a set of 30 Macbooks is shared between all Y5/Y6 classes.

 


They learn how to:

  • use computers to design in 2D and 3D
  • search for Creative Commons licensed images to use in their own work
  • create and share websites in Google Sites
  • create custom maps online
  • use iMovie app to create and edit news reports
  • record photos, videos and audio in a variety of formats
  • explore block-based coding

The apps used are:

  • Tinkercad  online
  • Google Drawing & Google Sites (GSuite)
  • iMovie (iPad app)
  • Seesaw (journal and portfolio app)
  • Google Cardboard Camera  online

Technology in Year 6

In Year 6, our students use:

  • HP Chromebooks
    • a set of 30 Chromebooks are shared between two classes.
  • iPads
    • each classroom has 4 iPads.
  • Macbook Air
    • a set of 30 Macbooks is shared between all Y5/Y6 classes.

 


They learn how to:

  • use computers to design in 2D and 3D
  • search for Creative Commons licensed images to use in their own work
  • create and share websites in Google Sites
  • create custom maps online
  • use iMovie app to create and edit news reports
  • record photos, videos and audio in a variety of formats
  • explore block-based coding

The apps used are:

  • Tinkercad  online
  • Google Drawing & Google Sites (GSuite)
  • iMovie (iPad app)
  • Seesaw (journal and portfolio app)
  • Google Cardboard Camera  online

Buying a device for home

Technology equipment and devices are provided by CWBS for students to use at school. Older students will need access to a computer at home, and while a shared ‘family’ computer is enough, we know that many families choose to buy their child a computer/tablet.

If you are choosing to purchase a device for your child we would recommend:

  • iPads for younger students (Y1-2)
  • Chromebooks (Y3 onwards)

Both Chromebooks and iPads cost approximately HK$2000. Please see below for discounts.

 

Students in Y6

When moving into Year 7, students usually have to purchase a computer directly from their secondary school. We would therefore not recommend purchasing a new laptop for students in Y6. Please check with their secondary school for more details about their laptop programme.

 

Student & Family Discounts

Students and their families can receive discounts on purchasing devices. More details coming soon.

Digital Citizenship & Safety

We use ‘Pause & Think Online’ with our younger students.

Our Y5 & Y6 students use the Interland game.

We are internet...

Smart

Alert

Strong

Kind

Brave

We’re Internet Awesome!

Clearwater Bay School has a comprehensive Digital Citizenship and Safety curriculum in all year groups, supported by Google’s latest ‘Be Internet Awesome’ programme. We are recognised as a leader in Digital Citizenship and are a ‘Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School’. We use a variety of different resources including Google’s Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Students are expected to demonstrate the attributes of the Learner Profile throughout their school life and use technology ‘to make informed and ethical choices while acting with integrity and honesty. In a globally connected digital world, learners are empowered to be responsible for their actions, to value others’ rights and to practise safe and legal behaviours’. During the first weeks of each year, children are taught about our ‘Be Internet Awesome’ guidelines, and sign a pledge to be ‘Internet Awesome’ at home and at school.

Be Internet Smart
Share with Care

Good (and bad) news travels fast online, and without some forethought, kids can find themselves in tricky situations that have lasting consequences. The solve? Learning how to share with those they know and those they don’t.

Communicate Responsibly

  • Encourage thoughtful sharing by treating online communication like face-to-face communication; if it isn’t right to say, it isn’t right to post.
  • Create guidelines about what kind of communication is (and isn’t) appropriate.
  • Keep personal details about family and friends private.

 

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Be Internet Alert
Don’t Fall for Fake

It’s important to help kids become aware that people and situations online aren’t always as they seem. Discerning between what’s real and what’s fake is a very real lesson in online safety.

Know the Signs of a Potential Scam

  • If statements about “winning” or getting something for “free” feel too good to be true, they most likely are.
  • Fair exchanges shouldn’t involve giving away any personal information.
  • Always think critically before acting online and learn to trust your intuition. Be on guard for phishing attempts—efforts to steal information like login or account details by pretending to be a trusted contact in an email, text, or other online communication.

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Be Internet Strong
Secure your secrets

 

Personal privacy and security are just as important online as they are offline. Safeguarding valuable information helps kids avoid damaging their devices, reputations, and relationships.

Create a Strong Password

  • Make it memorable, but avoid using personal information like names or birthdays.
  • Use a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers.
    R3pl@ce le++ers wit# sYmb0ls & n^mb3rs 1ike Thi$.

Switch It Up

  • Do not use the same password on multiple sites.
  • Create a few different variations of the same password for different accounts.

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Be Internet Kind
It’s Cool to Be Kind

 

The Internet is a powerful amplifier that can be used to spread positivity or negativity. Kids can take the high road by applying the concept of “treat others as you would like to be treated” to their actions online, creating positive impact for others and disempowering bullying behavior.

Set an Example

  • Use the power of the Internet to spread positivity.
  • Stop the spread of harmful or untrue messages by not passing them on to others.
  • Respect others’ differences.

Take Action

  • Block mean-spirited or inappropriate behavior online.
  • Make an effort to provide support to those being bullied.
  • Encourage kids to speak up against and report online bullying.

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Be Internet Brave
When in Doubt, Talk it Out

 

One lesson that applies to any and all encounters of the digital kind: When kids come across something questionable, they should feel comfortable talking to a trusted adult. Adults can support this behavior by fostering open communication at home and in the classroom.

Encourage Internet Brave Behavior

  • Be clear about family or classroom rules and expectations around technology, as well as consequences for inappropriate use.
  • Keep the dialogue going by checking in frequently and encouraging kids to ask questions.
  • Extend the conversation to other trusted adults like teachers, coaches, counsellors, friends, and relatives.

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Screen Time & Eye Health

Many parents have concerns about how long their child should be spending using technology, devices or watching screens. In the past, various organisations, including the American Paediatric Association, suggested ‘screen time’ limits for children based on their age. However, as not all ‘screen time’ is created equally, these time limits are no longer suggested.

At Clearwater Bay School, we have launched a 20 is plenty initiative. Based on research from the Association of Optometrists, which suggests e

 

Research from Association of Optometrists

 

and  Screen time At Clearwater Bay School, we have launched the 20 is plenty initiative. 

Technology Glossary

Cahoot

Cahoot is the name of Clearwater Bay School’s ‘Virtual Learning Environment’ or VLE. The VLE is a special password protected website for children at Clearwater Bay School. On Cahoot, students will find resources to help with their learning.

Seesaw

Seesaw is used for our student-led digital portfolio and learning journals.

Seesaw enables students (and teachers) to collect evidence of learning and experiences at school and share them with their parents and other members of their class. Parents have access to only their child’s portfolio/journal through a dedicated password or app.

Your child’s class teacher manages Seesaw and parent login details.

You can find out more on our dedicated helpdesk site here

G Suite

GSuite (previously know as Google Drive) is a collection of tools used by students and teachers to create, collaborate and communicate.

Students are introduced to GSuite tools from Year 2 onwards, with Google Drive providing a space to save their digital work.

GSuite is linked to Cahoot through a single sign on. Student passwords will be posted in the student diary. If your child forgets the username or password, please contact their class teacher.

Gateway

The Gateway is ESF’s information portal for Parents. On the Gateway, parents can view student reports and assessments, complete permission forms and update information about their child/children.

Families will receive a Gateway password from the school office which is separate from the student passwords. Please contact the school office if you need help.

Passwords

Sometimes remembering passwords can be difficult, but it is an important 21st Century skill which we teach the students.

We expect students to manage their own Cahoot & GSuite log in details and passwords. Students in Y1 & Y2, as well as those new to CWBS will find their passwords in the student diary. If they forget, or have any problems please contact their class teacher. The TechTeam will be able to help your child at school.

Family passwords for Gateway are managed by the school office. Please contact the office if you have any problems.

Usernames are generated automatically by ESF admissions while passwords can be reset in school.

Be Internet Awesome

‘Be Internet Awesome’ is a digital citizenship and internet safety programme developed by Google and experts in digital safety. We have adopted this across the school community.

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