ICT POLICY ST. PAUL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL 1.1 What is Information Communications Technology (ICT)? ICT comprises a variety of systems that handle electronically retrievable information. Computers are the most obvious of these but ICT also includes programmable robots, tape recorders, calculators, digital cameras and video cameras. 1.2 Why should our pupils use ICT? 1. Information and Communications Technology, across the curriculum, has the potential to transform and enrich pupils’ learning experiences and environments. 2. It can empower pupils, develop self-esteem and promote positive attitudes to learning. 3. Additionally, the creative use of ICT has the potential to improve pupils’ thinking skills, providing them with opportunities to become independent, self-motivated and flexible learners. 4. Using ICT describes the ability to handle and communicate information, solve problems and pose questions through the use of information and communication technologies in a variety of contexts across the curriculum. 5. It includes collaboration within and beyond the classroom; allowing pupils the opportunities to share and exchange work; and exhibit and showcase their learning. 6. ICT enables pupils to undertake activities which would be difficult to pursue in another way. 7. ICT can motivate and enthuse pupils. 8. In the information society in which we live, pupils need to develop ICT skills in order to access relevant information. 9. ICT gives pupils immediate access to richer source materials. 10. ICT has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil catering for both weak and high achievers. 11. ICT offers potential for effective group work and collaborative learning. 12. ICT supports different types of learners: audio, visual and kinaesthetic. 1.3 Aim Our aims in teaching ICT are to: Across the curriculum, at a level appropriate to their ability, pupils should be enabled to develop skills to: Explore Pupils should be enabled to: access, select, interpret and research information from safe and reliable sources; investigate, make predictions and solve problems through interaction with digital tools. Express Pupils should be enabled to: create, develop, present and publish ideas and information responsibly using a range of digital media and manipulate a range of assets to produce multimedia products. Exchange Pupils should be enabled to communicate safely and responsibly using a range of contemporary digital methods and tools, exchanging, sharing, collaborating and developing ideas digitally. Evaluate Pupils should be enabled to: talk about, review and make improvements to work, reflecting on the process and outcome and consider the sources and resources used, including safety, reliability and acceptability. Exhibit Pupils should be enabled to: manage and present their stored work and showcase their learning across the curriculum, using ICT safely and responsibly. 1.4 Strategies for use of ICT ICT is not taught as a distinct subject, but is a tool to be used as appropriate throughout the curriculum subjects. It is a cross curricular skill where emphasis is placed on transferring, applying and ‘using’ skills effectively, throughout the curriculum ICT should be integrated into each learning area to support and enrich children’s learning. All pupils are given equal access opportunities through management of ICT use. ICT is offered as an entitlement for all pupils- it neither should nor be perceived as a punishment or reward. 1.5 Progression Pupils’ ICT skills and competencies will be developed from Primary One to Primary Seven. Children’s Progression in each of the five areas of: Explore, Express, Exchange, Evaluate and Exhibit, will be facilitated, initially, by use of the suggested activities in the draft lines of progression document for ICT. Teachers will implement the activities provided by the ICT accreditation scheme at a level relevant to their class in order to help them fulfil the requirements of the five Es. 1.6 Resources Every classroom is equipped with a C2K networked computer with access to a Laser Printer and Colour Printer. In addition, each class has regular access to the ICT suite (Room 22), which is equipped (plus six in adjoining Room 21) networked computers and laptops Two scanners are connected to the network system and are located in Rooms 21 & 22. Three Roamers are stored centrally in Room 21. Digital cameras are stored and managed by G.O’Neill. Data projector is stored in staff room. Each permanent-full time teacher has their own laptop and they are responsible for safe keeping of laptop which has been allocated to them. 1.7 Internet The school has Internet access in every classroom. Access to the Internet is via a filtered system, which is monitored by C2K. Parents are requested to complete permission forms to allow children to use the Internet. These forms are completed in November in P1 year (or in case of a new pupil, on entry to the school. ) Forms are kept by class teacher and passed to next teacher at end of each school year. Parents and pupils are informed of guidelines for safe use of the Internet and pupils sign an agreement to adhere to these rules. 1.8 Intranet and School Website A school based Intranet has been developed. This is a forum for displaying pupils’ work and achievements. Parents are requested to complete permission to display a pupil’s work or photograph on the World Wide Web. The class teacher stores these forms which are passed along as the children progress from one year to the next. A summary of this information is held by the ICT co-ordinator and in the Principal’s office. 1.9 Monitoring and Evaluation The integration of ICT into the curriculum is evident in 6 weekly planners completed by each year group. Each pupil has samples of work in his/her folder which is stored on the school network. CCEA accreditation is being trailed in the school for end of Key stage. On completion of a number of tasks in each of the four strands, pupils will receive accreditation at the end of KS1 and/or KS2. This will become statutory in 2013/2014 1.10 Staff Development All teachers have completed NOF training, however, the continued development of ICT capability is very important. Opportunities for further development of staff will be provided. 1.11 Homework Policy Pupils are encouraged to make use of home computers, computers in their local library or in Homework Centres to research encyclopaedias or search the Internet to support classroom activities. At times during the year pupils may have the choice to complete specific homework tasks on the computer.
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