ICT

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Introduction

Our College endeavours to strive for teaching excellence by recognising the value of integrating ICT into teaching and learning methodologies in the classroom.

Adapting our classrooms and equipping our staff with modern, up to date Technologies provides our students with greater opportunities to acquire diverse skills in keeping with the modern world.

Objectives

  • To extend and build upon the IT skills of students entering our college.
  •  To engage students to learn using ICT as an integrated teaching methodology in their subject.
  • To encourage responsible use of using ICT in their studies at home
  • To embed technology into everyday learning in our classrooms.
  • To enhance the teaching and learning in a subject.
  • To encourage and support teachers in the use of ICT in education.
  • To build on our current model of open teacher access of shared subject information on our common server in an organised way.
  • To use assistive Technologies with students with Special Educational needs.

 

College Profile

Computer Labs  

  • Four fully equipped large computer labs with networked PC’s in each.   All have Windows 7 Professional, High Speed Broadband Internet Access and a range of applications software including MS Office 2010, Photoshop, Moviemaker etc.  All rooms also have a fixed digital projector and a shared printer.  All classes are timetabled for the computer rooms as much as possible there is open access for students at four times each day

 

ICT in Course Areas

  • The classrooms are well equipped with ICT resources, all classrooms have a fixed digital data projector, all teachers have access to a laptop (either provided by the college or their own personal one) and all have internet access through our wireless network.   This facilitates the use of ICT in all classes. 
  • Students have individual usernames and passwords for privacy, security and accountability.
  • Students and Staff use our VLE Moodle on a daily basis to support face-to-face teaching and learning
  • A good range of resources has been developed across the various departments. Individual teachers have also collated some very good resources and are sharing these resources through a shared staff drive on the colleges network.
  • A range of digital devices such as digital cameras and digital video (DV) cameras are readily available.

 

ICT as means of Communication

  • Our college website www.moatebusinesscollege.com reflects all aspects of college life and is updated on a regular basis. Information relevant to all partners in our educational system is contained on the website.
  • Inside the college two plasma screens are used to communicate with students, teachers and visitors.

 

College Policy on Internet Usage

  • As set out by Moate Business Colleges Internet Usage Policy. This can be downloaded and students from the college website www.moatebusinesscollege.com

 The proper use and respect of the facilities is monitored by teachers and the policy is reviewed on a regular basis.

Supervision

  • The internet service is filtered and it is and the college rules state that no student is unsupervised in either of the Computer labs and no food or drink is allowed in any computer lab.

 

Roles and Responsibilities


Students

  • When using the college’s facilities, all students must comply with the rules and regulations of the college and the computer room and must accept the internet usage policy.

 

Teachers

  • Endeavour to incorporate ICT into their teaching and learning in the classroom.
  • Avail of the educational website that is available for college wide use
  • Professional Development IT training was provided by the IT staff to all staff; this included training on how to use data projectors, Moodle and how to create and enhance power-point presentations.

 

Special Needs / Learning Support Teachers

  • Plan, encourage and engage with students to increase their learning outcomes in required subject areas.
  • Use assistive technologies where available for students with special educational needs.

 

Effectiveness of the Policy

  • Accreditation given to college - ECDL Centre
  • Computer Rooms  1, 2 and 3 are accredited ECDL testing centres.
  • Number of students completing various modules, projects etc
  • Increased use of internet, data projects and laptops.
  • Teachers attending various ICT courses to update their skill set for using computers and software.
  • Review of policies in College Development and Planning.
  • Course department meetings to review and plan.
  • Certification for students.

 

Green ICT

  • End of use electrical items are recycled locally.
  • Ink and toner cartages are donated to the Jack & Jill Foundation and recycled.
  • Energy saving procurers includes:
      • Logging off PC’s in each of the computer rooms and in the staffroom throughout the day and shutting them down at the end of last class scheduled for the rooms in the day.
      • Data Projects are to be turned off when not in use.


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