What’s the big deal?
ICT education for children is one area of strength that drives our vision for a comprehensive learning experience for our pupils.We teach beyond just identify parts of a computer to using the integrated software for academic purposes.
At PPS,we stretch our curriculum to cover internet access,children are introduced to computing skills such as programming and using information technology to create systems and a range of media including the use of information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.
Fundamentally, ICT is a central tool that supports teaching and learning at all stages of education and across all areas of the curriculum. We live in a world consumed by technology: a world that provides incredible opportunities for young students who are just setting out on their educational journey. And as such ICT isn’t just an essential component to the overall operation of the school, it can also help to improve achievement levels, inspire creative thinking and encourage the development of skills that will prove invaluable in the real world.
Be it independently or as part of a group, ICT allows pupils to explore, observe, engage, solve problems and make exciting discoveries for themselves. It stimulates collaboration and interaction amongst peers and also between students and teachers. ICT resources not only provide the tools for promoting and developing these skills but also encourages them to engage confidently in imaginative learning and makes teaching and learning more effective and fun for everyone involved.
Here are just a few other reasons why technology in primary schools is so important:
- Extends the learning experience – raises standards across the curriculum to improve the delivery of lesson content and allows students to engage in class in a variety of ways.
- Extends learning – takes teaching and learning beyond the four walls of the classroom for an anytime, anywhere approach. Meaning students and teachers can continue to work and access resources even from home.
- Enriches the curriculum – provides access to a whole host of information and encourages collaborative working and communication with others. The world is effectively brought into the classroom and pupils become more engaged in their learning.
- Expands learning horizons – access to fast internet connections allows for learning materials to be viewed, downloaded and worked through quickly. As well as this, the use of tools such as Skype for Business can be a great way of broadening the learning horizon by collaborating with others anywhere in the world!
- Helps with assessment – pupil data can be recorded and analyzed more efficiently for accurate assessment of pupils’ learning abilities. It then allows teachers to see which areas of learning need a higher level of support.