“A community which uses technology to Learn, Innovate and Collaborate”.
ICT Masterplan 4 is gaining momentum in St Patrick’s School. With the goal of “Quality Learning in the Hands of Every Learner –Empowered with Technology”, the ICT department gears itself for the deeper ICT integration in curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy, by strengthening the four areas below.
To provide an ICT infrastructure that supports learning anytime, anywhere, we have expanded the wireless internet network to cover the entire school for not only school devices but also personal devices. We now have a school-wide wireless network with wider coverage at a faster than ever speed.
On top of that, the school maintains four fully-equipped computer labs, three half-labs, and a media resource library equipped with more than 160 ipads and 300 laptops available to facilitate one-to-one learning.
Currently, the infrastructure is already supporting the e-assessments in the national exams like the normal technical English and all the Mother Tongue language (MTL) oral exams as well as the MTL ‘B’ syllabus written exams and MTL listening comprehension exam.
Teachers are now not only expected to be pedagogical experts with content knowledge but must also be equipped with technological know-how which can effectively integrate ICT into their delivery so as to be designers of learning, experiences and environments.
So, at St Patrick’s School, we structured an in-house training/sharing session throughout the year during our time-tabled time in the hope that we would all be equipped with ideas and tools that can complement our pedagogy and to also speak the same language when it comes to designing ICT in teaching and learning. The volume of sharing has created a need for us to launch the ICT@SPS website as a one-stop repository for teachers to obtain resources shared during our in-house trainings.
The school is also fortunate to have with us four ICT mentors who play a big role in the ICT mentoring programme with their respective colleagues to champion the use of ICT within their departments.
At the end of the year, the school organizes a learning festival meant for the sharing of meaningful lesson ideas and projects between teachers. It is hoped that the sharing will spark further ideas in the participants.
As our kids immerse themselves into ICT, it is important for them to develop an instinct to be safe and responsible online, to respect self and others, and, eventually, being a positive influence to their peers. In school, they are exposed to lessons and assembly talks on cyber wellness and our student-led outreach and awareness projects on cyber-bullying, netiquette and cyber issues.
However, we strongly believe that the home environment is key in shaping a child’s online behaviour. Therefore, it is our hope that parents role-model and actively build a positive relationship with their child.
MOE has also created an app which can help facilitate conversation between parents and children on cyber wellness. The “C-Quest” app can be downloaded from iTunes Store or Google Play
The development of 21st Century Competencies will help our students to embody the Desired Outcomes of Education of which a key student outcome include being a Self-directed Learner who questions, reflects, and takes responsibility for his own learning. With that in mind, teachers will occasionally set online assignments as homework for our students and, for one day in the year, the school sets aside an e-learning day for all students to stay home to complete their online assignments.
As for those who couldn’t afford a personal computer with internet, our computer labs are opened for them. Alternatively, the IDA’s NEU PC plus programme allows them to obtain one at a discount. The form can be obtained from the general office or https://www.imda.gov.sg/community/consumer-education/digital-inclusion/neu-pc-plus-programme.