As well as being an important educational resource, the ability to use ICT effectively is a vital life skill in modern society. “Our aim is to produce learners (pupils and teachers) who are confident and effective users of ICT”.
We intend to achieve that aim by:
We are aware that, “Teaching at all levels of the educational system must keep abreast of the potential created by the new technologies for the process of teaching and learning. It is increasingly important that a basic appreciation and understanding of the modern information and communication technologies is fostered in young people, from their early years in school up to the completion of their education’ 1992 Green Paper on Education
Why does our school require ICT?
To what use will ICT be put?
Advantages of ICT:
Summary of School Audit
The school has acquired a comprehensive library of computer software and is consistently adding to this based on the strengths and needs of the students.
Current Usage of ICT for Pupils:
We recognise the potential of ICT to enhance the learning opportunities for pupils with Special Needs. Children with specific writing, reading and numeracy needs are using ICT to provide alternative and complementary educational experiences.
Students who have been granted ipads through Assistive Technology use Communication Apps and relevant Literacy and Numeracy Apps.
Exceptional Students: With the advent of Broadband and an increase in the number of computers in individual classrooms we see an opportunity to use ICT to challenge and extend the educational opportunities for pupils with above average attainment.
At present an external contractor carries out essential maintenance. Ideally we would like to have a maintenance contract but this is not possible at present for financial reasons. The caretaker ensures that lenses on data projectors are free of dust by cleaning them once a month.
Health and Safety Aspects:
The Schools’ Goals Regarding ICT
Our long-term aim is that technology be used to support the teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum and in all classrooms. We want our students to become active users and beneficiaries of technology rather than passive consumers of it. We aim
Staff Professional Development
The staff are familiar with the software appropriate to their own class level. Staff have access to all software which is stored centrally in the Learning Support room. We have a very open and inclusive attitude to staff training and skills development in our school and we endeavour to provide any and all opportunities for staff development. All teachers use some of the technologies. Teachers support each other and SNAs employed in the school provide huge support.
All of our staff avail of Summer CPD courses and are encouraged and facilitated to attend relevant courses in local Education Centres: Athlone, Galway and Tuam.
In 2014-2015, all staff availed of In-School support from SESS in the area of ‘ICT and Special Needs’.
What should be taught in ICT to pupils in our school?
1st & 2nd Class:
3rd & 4th Class:
5th & 6th Class:
Children receiving Learning Support:
To improve Broadband connectivity networked throughout the school
To actively promote community involvement in the educational activities of the school with respect to ICT
To maintain the high ICT profile of the school by continuing to advance the developmental work carried out over the past few years
To continue staff development in ICT
To add to the software and hardware base as required
To invest in one digital camera and one mini ipad per class
To increase the level of staff sharing of resources via School Network.
Timeframe for Implementation
The area of ICT is reviewed at regular intervals by In-School Management and a short written review is furnished at the end of the school year outlining progress made. ICT will be prioritise over the next 2 years for fundraising.
Purchasing of new equipment will be done by the BOM in consultation with the Principal and the ICT co-ordinator. This will be guided by the evaluation of the ICT plan and Department of Education guidelines. Advice on purchasing will be sought from various areas. Cost comparisons between different agencies will be viewed with special relevance to backup service.
The school website was set up in October 2015 as www.eglishns.com
School newsletters and other news items will regularly be added.
School policies will also be added to this site.
Children’s class work is published using their first name only for identification purposes.
Class photographs will be published without names.
ICT Co-ordinating teacher
The role of ICT co-ordinator is held by a post holder, Ms. Siobhán Fitzgerald. She assumes the role of ICT advisor, providing leadership in ICT throughout the school.
Ratified by School Manager in December 2015
This policy will be reviewed in November 2016.