Information Communication Technology (ICT) plays a major role in 21st century education.
We embraced ICT in our school curriculum because it enables our pupils to search for the information they need and to organize what they have found. As the children progress through the school system, they become increasingly responsible for their own learning. We believe that ICT needs to be integrated into our curriculum so as to produce computer literate, independent learners.
ICT has helped our pupils to achieve better results in other subjects by enabling them find what they need and use this information in specific ways. We found it important that our pupils become familiar with ICT at an early age, as they progress through their education and in adult life.
Early reading – With our practice in phonics teaching, there is a wide range of software available to support early reading using synthetic phonics. Through the use of ICT-based phonics books, clear connections are made between sounds and letters on a page. Learning to read is a long and difficult process, and many pupils struggle to concentrate when using books alone – increasing concentration and attention time is a key advantage to ICT. Many pupils view software differently from ICT – perceiving it to be more exciting. There are lots of audio-based reading schemes at school, many of which offer significant advantages over books. For struggling readers, we have many software-based reading intervention programs available that can dramatically improve pupils’ achievement. Some feature speech recognition software and integrated assessment for learning.
Vocabulary – The interactive dictionaries are invaluable in the classroom. The days of having to refer to a weighty volume in the corner of the classroom are long gone, and the essential development of vocabulary is made easier through interactive resources.
Sentences – ICT makes sequencing words easier. There are many products available to help with sentence writing skills, such as Textease or Clicker, and many offer added speech facilities to help our pupils check their work.
Comprehension – The use of ICT resources that include aural and visual comprehension activities make a significant difference to our pupil’s development. Pupils acquire listening skills, which they will need in all areas of the curriculum. If the only voice they ever hear is the teacher’s, this can prove difficult. Many products are available that offer paper-based comprehension activities alongside sound, animations and video. These multimedia products open up a world of experiences to our pupils, allowing them to develop core comprehension skills without even realizing it.