eLearning: Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and the Academy Learning Environment
The overall vision for ICT at Queensland Academies Creative Industries is to allow higher learning to occur by making ICT an integral part of learning underpinned by creativity, innovation and enterprise.
- The teaching and learning process to be enhanced through a one-to-one laptop program which leverages current and new technologies to facilitate higher order thinking
- Students to take control of their learning through flexible, collaborative, self-paced 24/7 learning using technology as a tool for complex thinking processes and meaningful learning
- Staff to make connections with ICT professional development opportunities in order to maximise professional capability to further engage students in critical thinking and improve academic performance in all faculty areas
To enable this to occur, ICT at the Academy is underpinned by the following strategic and operational processes:
- Alignment with EQ’s vision for Smart Classrooms
- Multi-level/Multi-faceted approach to developing professionals’ capability in ensuring ICT is integral to learning
- Strategic alliances and partnerships with industry, educational organisations, communities and key individuals
- Secure online presence to facilitate access to learning management systems and digital portfolios
- ICT Infrastructure, support processes and policies to ensure efficient operation of the facilities
eLearning Policies and Forms
Cybersafety and Cyberbullying
Social Media and the School Community (PDF 715KB)
Who’s Chatting to Your Kids? (PDF 1.1MB)
QACI is an accredited eSmart school
Becoming an eSmart School is integral to our Digital Immersion Vision. The Academy has made a commitment to align its relevant policies with the eSmart Schools Framework developed by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
According to the Foundation, eSmart Schools is a behaviour-changing framework that guides the introduction of policies, practices and whole-school change processes to support the creation of a cybersafe or ‘eSmart’ environment. Designed specifically for Australian schools, the online system provides a road map to CyberSafety and links to suitable curriculum and information resources, and the tools and resources required to equip the entire school community with the skills and knowledge they need for the smart, safe and responsible use of technology.
‘An eSmart school is a school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls. Students are regularly involved in developing and delivering information on the smart, safe and responsible use of technologies to a variety of audiences and are taught a suite of social and emotional skills. In eSmart schools, relationships are strong and supportive and learning outcomes are enhanced. Bullying and cyberbullying are therefore less likely to thrive. A committee drawn from all areas of the school community provides strong and effective organisation to guide implementation of systems, structures and planning to ensure a school reaches and maintains eSmart status.’
The six domains of the eSmart Schools Framework
The Academy ICT eSmart Policy incorporates Academy policies integral to the smart, safe and responsible use of technologies.
Apple Distinguished School
Queensland Academies Creative Industries Named Apple Distinguished School in 2014
eSmart Vision 2015 (PDF 321KB)
The Queensland Academies Creative Industries was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2016 – 17 school year for its innovative use of technology in the curriculum supported by the 1-1 MacBook Program.
The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a consistent vision of exemplary learning environments.
The selection of the Academy as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology.
‘An environment in which technology is ubiquitous and so much a part of day-to-day learning that it seamlessly integrates with all interactions is our vision for digital immersion. At the Academy, Apple technology and software underpins clever, creative and global learning and supports a creative pedagogy and 24/7 learning environment. This is a perfect fit for the Academy, as Apple is synonymous with combining the art and science of design to deliver an aesthetic, state of the art product.’ Jennie Jahnke – Dean of eLearning.
Online capability -24/7 access
Students have access via the web to important sources of information specific to their individual course and progress.
By using the web to log onto One School, Education Queensland’s online portal, students can access their personal profile including results and GROWTH plans (see page 13 of the student handbook). They can access their timetable and assessment programs.
Blackboard and The Learning Place access for students
The Learning Place is the Department’s comprehensive eLearning environment, providing secure access to an innovative range of digital tools, resources and online spaces for teaching and learning, collaboration and networking.
All Academy students have access to Blackboard Virtual Classrooms (eLearn) for all subjects via The Learning Place. Teachers may use these spaces to post resources, homework and share files. Students are able to Blog, interact in wikis and complete tests and upload assignments. Login is accessible both at school and off site.
The public site can be accessed at: http://education.qld.gov.au/learningplace/
Students then use their username and password to access their virtual classrooms. Students should be utilizing these spaces regularly at the direction of the teacher and for revision and resource access. Please encourage your students to show you their subject eSpaces.