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Immerse IT

The Immerse IT program at Sandgate District State High Sschool is designed to make technology integral to the delivery and assessment of the core curriculum areas: English, Mathematics, Science and SOSE.

This may include:

  • Changes in presentation/assessment requirements
  • eLearning spaces – 24/7 learning
  • Additional opportunity to use electronic devices in the learning context (ie Science sensors/monitors, Graphics Calculators, GPS, etc.)

Using ICTs as an effective tool for learning supports KLA learning and provides all students with the opportunity to become competent, discriminating, creative and productive users of ICT.

Students enrolling in this signature program for 2014 will be issued the Iconia tablets for the duration of their time in the course.

Using ICT to develop KLA knowledge and skills:

  • Supports student achievement and consolidation of the Essential Learning.

  • Enables ways of working and learning, through authentic and challenging tasks, that are not possible or are less efficient without technologies

  • Stimulates student engagement in learning.

Developing knowledge and skills in the use of ICT: 

  • Provides the capacity to select and use ICT to inquire, create, and communicate with others

  •  Increases understanding of the impact of ICT on society, including potential risks to health and safety

  • Enables students more flexible access to teacher support (email, online classrooms)

  • Enables students to engage in lessons which are topical and student interest driven.

  • Develops flexibility through a repertoire of skills that can be selected for different demands and can be recombined and built upon to meet new challenges.

In addition, the social benefits of Immerse IT include: 

  • Learning the responsibility of caring for the equipment

  • Being part of a specialist group contributing to student’s self-esteem.

Students will also have the opportunity to select a specialist ICT subject in semester 2 Year 8, which will give the student the opportunity to explore ICTs in their learning context and develop specific skills in producing assessment with an ICT focus.

It is expected that the laptop devices will be used between 30-60% of class time. Access to a dedicated device in the classroom is only one aspect of the curriculum, however the benefits of regular, impulsive and flexible access to technology results in a student who is generally more engaged with their own learning.


Students in years 8-10 will:
  • Develop advanced ICT skills

  • Use, apply and critically evaluate ICT in the context of core KLAs

  • Become confident and skilled communicators.

Selection criteria

There is a $150 fee per year for take home laptop, and parents must be able to meet this cost for the student to remain in the program. This will allow students to be issued with a school owned laptop which will be on loan to the student 24/7 for the entire course.

The maximum size class size is 28 students and places cannot be offered beyond this number.

Students are selected into the program based on the evidence presented and the professional judgment of a selection committee.

Applying to be in the Year 8 Immerse IT program takes place during the Year 7 enrolment process and the following steps need to be followed:

Step One

Complete the expression of interest form.  This ensures that the enrolment interview is performed by either the HOD IT or an Immerse IT teacher.

Step Two

Bring the following documentation to the enrolment interview:

  • Latest Year 7 Report card

  • Reference from Year 7 teacher/Principal

Students will be considered for possible placement, or no placement, in the Immerse IT course by a selection committee.

The HOD of IT will identify students who do not meet the program requirements and inform them.

Step Three

Students who have been identified as meeting the requirements of the Immerse IT course will be contacted by the HOD of IT and a final offer will be made.

Step Four

The parent will then decide whether to take up the offer and pay a deposit of $100 to secure their child's spot should they wish to accept the placement.

Step Five

The student charter below needs to be carefully read so that students, parents and caregivers are very clear about their responsibilities.  The last page needs to be completed and returned to the school so that Bluecoat filtering and correct access can be set up on the device.  This form must be returned when the deposit is paid.

Immerse IT brochure (PDF. 797KB)​