Over the last 15 to 20 years, a huge explosion of knowledge, research and technology, has taken place and the pace of change is still accelerating. Our children will need to be able to handle equipment that is new to us, and some which is currently relatively unknown. For these adults of the 21st Century, the information technology curriculum will need to include the following skills - designing and making, using control technology, information handling, using the Internet, modelling and simulations, desktop publishing (including graphics and digital cameras) and word-processing.
We have a dedicated ICT suite with an interactive whiteboard and projector, 16 networked desktop computers with Internet access.
Each class has at least one computer, which is also linked to the Internet. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. A separate PC with Skype is also available for linking with other countries, along with numerous digital cameras for photography and video work. We use a wide range of programmable toys such as BeeBots, wireless headphones, microphones and pro-bots to support learning across all areas of the curriculum.
There is wireless connectivity on all floors for the Lapsuites holding 20 Laptops and 90 Netbooks for use in class. The children also use Cyber Coach software to support the development of coordination and physical skills. The school library is also managed using ICT so children are able to scan and return their own books using a bar code reader and software.