In S1 pupils begin improving their Word Processing skills. We use school produced worksheets along with computer programs and Internet sites that enable the pupils to improve their skills by playing typing games. We also have small end of term assessments. In S1 we also use a Presentation package to create slideshows. The pupils use the digital cameras to record sounds, pictures and movies to insert in their slideshows. Throughout the year the pupils will develop their searching and researching skills using teacher produced worksheets.
The S2 programme of study focuses on the skills of database interrogation. The students will learn to follow directional instructions, control a screen image through simple instructions and control a floor robot. They will compare methods of communication, manage an electronic mailbox and describe issues surrounding responsible use of e-mail. They will create a document using increasingly complicated text handling features.
Use hardware and a variety of software safely and in so doing:
Load, operate, exit, save and print from different programs.
Input alphanumeric data with a word processing program – using upper and lower cases correctly and amend text accurately.
Produce hard copies of appropriately amended exercises.
Use a Search Engine to locate information and create multimedia presentations.
Use hardware and a variety of software correctly and safely. Pupils will investigate several software packages and identify and use different features of the package. Work towards completing assessments. Carry out practical tasks in a given time. Develop confidence in using different features of software packages.
Develop an awareness of simple administrative tasks, develop the ability to use basic functions of word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Carry out simple administrative tasks basic skills in using appropriate current technologies to gather and communicate administration-related information. Use a variety of software applications correctly and safely. Pupils will investigate several software packages and identify and use different features of the package. Work towards completing assessments. Carry out practical tasks in a given time. Develop confidence in using different features of software packages.
In ICT pupils are offered National 2 ICT Applications and National 3 Administration and I.T.
The ICT department collaborates with different departments throughout the school. Presently, ICT and Home Economics are working together to produce short films. The pupils are filmed cooking and food tasting. They research different foods and compare brands. Once filming is complete the pupils use software to put together a presentation of their work. This project has been very favourably received by the pupils.