Access to technology is no ‘magic bullet’ to improve educational outcomes, but can be an effective tool when integrated and utilised thoughtfully. Its inclusion in the new National Curriculum demonstrates the direction of twenty first century learning and teaching, and PCS is embracing this in a purposeful way.
Junior School students have access to a variety of technology designed to enhance their learning experience. All students have their own personal profile with user name and password access. This includes an email account, and access to the internet. Classrooms are all equipped with Interactive whiteboards or touch screen (giant) TV sets. Students also receive weekly lessons to help them develop skills necessary to be able to effectively utilise technology in their studies as they grow.
Junior School also has access to a number of iPads, which will be added to over time. Other portable computing devices are utilised by stage 2 students regularly to research and compose work. There are a number of important subscriptions that PCS is signed up to, which our students are able to access for free; these include an online version of the school’s ‘Clickview’ video materials and also World Book online.
Access to such powerful tools comes with responsibilities. Parents sign the PCS Computer and Internet Agreement Policy when students are enrolled. This details appropriate use of technology and requires all users to agree to these terms. Parents agree on their child’s behalf due to their age, and the responsible use of technology is gradually explained to students throughout Junior School. By Middle School they have enough maturity and understanding to sign this agreement on behalf of themselves.