Belvedere College - ICT

ICT

ICT

Our Aims

The aims of the IT department are:

  • To equip all students with the necessary transferrable skills enabling them to make full use of Information Communication Technology across curriculum areas and empowering them as future digital citizens

  • To facilitate students engagement, enjoyment and achievement in all aspects of Information Communication Technology

Staff

Miss N Russell Head of IT/ IT Integrator
Ms. J Wenham
Mr Phillip Mulvaney Network Manager
Miss Sinead Caprani IT Technician
Mr G Mangan IT Technician
 

Curriculum

These are exciting times for IT with the onset on the new Junior Cert short courses Digital Media and Programming.

 

Current Programme of Study

Elements students have one discrete period of IT per week. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for their digital lives as global citizens and is closely linked to European models of study. Specific topics include game making, software development, coding and languages, web design and the use of multiple digital platforms to communicate and collaborate with peers. This creative strand compliments the business modules , using Microsoft applications to develop necessary business skills. In addition to the dedicated IT classrooms Elements students now use one to one educational devices to support their learning across curriculum subjects.
Assessment is continuous and derived from class based practical tasks. Students submit work using a virtual learning environment and receive teacher feedback online.

Rudiments students have one discrete period of IT per week. The curriculum is designed to facilitate the need for transferable skills across curriculum areas. Students explore a range of applications focused on Digital Media Literacy and Programming skills. Activities are designed to encourage collaboration, innovation and promote entrepreneurial skills involving project work and extended tasks.
Assessment is continuous , incorporates structured self and peer assessment activities encouraging students to reflect on individual learning styles.

Grammar students have one discrete period of IT per week. The curriculum is designed to challenge students’ knowledge of current technological innovation and developments within the sector. Additionally, practical activities offer opportunities to work on coding, specifically HTML, Visual Basic and Python. 

 

Transition Year students have one discrete period of IT per week. Students have access to online resource materials and receive frequent feedback on progress. Practical assessments are skills based in preparation for the world of work and further study. The strand of study focuses mainly on Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite. 

 

Future Developments

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, NCCA ” ICT has become an integral and accepted part of everyday life for many people. ICT is increasing in importance in people’s lives and it is expected that this trend will continue, to the extent that ICT literacy will become a functional requirement for people’s work, social, and personal lives”

Useful links

For more information on Curriculum developments and changes to the Junior Cert
please follow the following image link to the NCCA website



To view the Department of Education and Skills consultative paper on digital strategy
please follow the following image link to the DES website

Facilities and Recourses

  • There are over 400 desktop PC’s on the college campus, two dedicated IT suites and at least one computer in every teaching area. The department also support teacher laptops, Mac books and mobile devices. Students and staff also have access to an IPad trolley and a Macbook trolley which are mobile shared resources across curriculum areas.

  • As part of the IT Strategy we have recently completed an IT infrastructure upgrade, focusing on wired and wireless provision to meet the growing needs of our students.

  • There are a large number of data projectors , interactive whiteboards , visualizers and video recording equipment throughout the campus and we are constantly seeking new innovations to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Additional Information

It is the policy of the IT department to procure hardware and software which has a positive impact on staff and students learning and teaching experience. We review, renew and deploy resources in line with the college development plan and subject improvement plans. We are currently implementing the findings of an action research project exploring the educational benefits of electronic textbooks and IPads as a learning tool in the classroom.

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