School Strategic Thrust 2 :
Students will be engaged through a relevant and differentiated curriculum in all subjects leveraging on ICT meaningfully.
ICT Department Vision
Students, Staff and Stakeholders use
Technology seamlessly in
Areas of their teaching, learning, work, & communication in a
Respectful, responsible and ethical way.
GOALS – CARE
To leverage on the use of ICT:
- To deliver an engaging and relevant Curriculum.
- For Administration excellence.
- To develop the confidence and competency to use IT to support teaching & learning and accomplish Real-life tasks.
- To promote Ethical use of ICT.
The school has a wireless environment. There are 8 computer labs, inclusive of two special labs – Innovation Lab and Animation Lab.
ICT labs are designed to facilitate 1-to-1 learning as well as encourage collaborations and discussions among students. By enabling teachers to conduct lessons that involve collaborative learning, students can pick up soft-skills like team-work and facilitation skills.
The Innovation Lab is designed to facilitate research and collaborations with potential partners and institutions. Teachers can also leverage on the facility as a test-bed to carry out innovative lessons involving the use of interactive ICT tools like IPADs or emerging technology like 3D printers.
The Animation lab is designed to facilitate a one-stop video production house that is equipped with sight and sound equipment, and software for teachers and students to embark on motion projects.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the three core curricula under the Foundation Education Programme at NorthLight School. Students follow a formal course of study from Years 1 to 3 in this programme and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in other areas throughout their stay at NorthLight School.
The programme aims to provide opportunities for students to function effectively in school, community and workplace through developing:
- Competency in ICT knowledge and skills.
- Confidence and desire for life-long learning in ICT.
- Character Education – be aware of the value and impact of ICT and put this knowledge and skill into action.
Structure of Programme
The ICT programme comprises four components, Skills, Cyberwellness, Emerging Technologies and Habits of Mind.
The Skills component impart students in Year 1 and 2 with Microsoft Office skills and they learn to apply these skills through project work. In Year 3, students are exposed to different media and new technologies (eg, 3D modelling and printing, animation and visual programming) with the aim of creating awareness of Emerging Technologies and helping them see the relevance of their uses at the workplace.
The Cyberwellness component is aligned to MOE’s Cyber Wellness Framework and advocates a Sense-Think-Act-Responsibly approach when in cyber space.
The Emerging Technologies component revolves around 4 pillar of focus:
- Interact, (Learning with Communication)
- Probe, (Learning with Searches)
- Operations, (Basic Operations of Computers, IT Devices)
- Data collection (Learning with Data Collection Tools)
The Habits of Mind (HOM) component is incorporated into the ICT curriculum, in line with the whole-school approach to inculcate good learning habits and thinking dispositions amongst our students.
Transcending across all subjects, it aims to equip our students holistically for the challenges of the 21st century.
NorthLight School Cyberwellness programme is designed to create cyber awareness by instilling values in our students so that they can be safe and make respectful and responsible decisions online.
The school reaches out to students through classroom teaching, assembly talks, learning journeys and campaigns.
The curriculum is guided by the two foundational principles of ‘Respect for Self and Others’ and ‘Safe and Responsible Use’ and delivers four key messages:
- Embrace ICT yet maintain balanced lifestyle between the physical and cyber world
- Harness the power of ICT for positive purposes
- Maintain a positive presence in cyber space
- Be a safe and responsible user of ICT
Lessons are delivered through four themes:
- Cyber Use – balanced life and balanced use
- Cyber Identity – healthy self-identity
- Cyber Relationships – safe and meaningful relationships
- Cyber Citizenship – positive presence
Newspaper articles and video clips are used as content for lessons. These articles and clips are grouped into the different principles to inculcate the habit amongst students to Sense, Think, Act Resposibly in their online activities. These materials are used as discussion points in the lessons.
ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION
The school’s aspiration is to help every child become a confident and competent learner and contribute to society when he graduates. Though many may not have a computer at home, every child can still be IT savvy through the school’s curriculum so as to enhance their employability in future. As such the ICT department embarked on developing a curriculum that meets the demands of the digital age, especially when infocomm technology is widely used at home and at the workplace today. Beside acquiring the necessary skills, the students are provided with the opportunity to attain an internationally recognised ICT certification.
All students are trained and given the opportunity to sit for the International Computer Driver License (ICDL) certification, endorsed by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) as a Workplace Employment Skills WSQ ICT programme. ICDL is the world’s leading computer skills certification. To date, more than 14 million people have engaged with the ICDL programme in over 150 countries. The ICDL programme defines the skills and competencies necessary to use a computer and common computer applications.
The department hopes that students can leverage on this internationally recognised certification when seeking employment or further education upon completion of their programme in NLS.