ICT Department Vision (STAR)
S tudents, Staff and Stakeholders use
T echnology seamlessly in
A reas of their teaching, learning, work, & communication in a
R espectful, responsible and ethical way.
ICT Department Goals (CARE)
To leverage on the use of ICT:
- To deliver an engaging and relevant C urriculum.
- For A dministration excellence.
- To develop the confidence and competency to use IT to support teaching & learning and accomplish R eal-life tasks.
- To promote E thical use of ICT.
The school has a total of 8 computer labs which includes two special labs which provides flexible learning space to facilitate collaborative learning and project experimentation.
ICT labs are designed to facilitate 1-to-1 learning as well as encourage collaboration and discussions among students to develop soft skills such as teamwork and facilitation skills.
The availability of a wide range of mobile learning devices (e.g iPads, tablets, mobile smart panels) supports teaching and learning within and beyond the classroom environment.
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 Year 1 to 3 and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in other subject disciplines and areas.
The design of the curriculum aims to provide opportunities for students to perform 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
|Skills|| The Skills component equips students to be competent users of productivity tools and they learn to apply these skills through project tasks.
The project tasks encompass hands-on learning experiences of emerging technologies which aims to create awareness and exposure in our students about the ever-changing technological environment.
|Cyberwellness|| The Cyberwellness component is aligned to MOE’s Cyber Wellness Framework and advocates a Sense-Think-Act-Responsibly approach in the use of cyber space.
Cyberwellness education is integrated as part of the ICT curriculum and supplemented with school-based programmes.
|Emerging Technologies|| The Emerging Technologies component revolves around 4 pillars of focus:
|Habits Of Mind||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 among our students.|
NorthLight School Cyber Wellness 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 Responsibly 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. Besides 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.