- Mrs C Hollywood (HoD)
- Mr JP O Hare
Computing/ICT is one of the most important subjects to be delivered in schools. Technology has changed the ways in which we learn, communicate, enjoy leisure time and live our lives. Our aim within the Computing/ICT department is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to participate in todays' technology driven society.
Due to the dynamic nature of the subject, the department are constantly modifying and enhancing the curriculum in order to ensure that our students are studying a curriculum that is suitable for 21st century learning. The Computing/ICT department at St Colman's aims to provide students with skills they can take forward with them into the future and to develop confidence in the use of ICT.
Computing/ICT is taught as a separate subject within the curriculum and is also used extensively as a tool within other subject areas.
In Year 8 students study ICT two periods per week, used to ensure that pupils have the skills they will need to be able to use ICT effectively within other curriculum areas. During ICT lessons pupils learn the basics of how to use the St Colman's network, how to work online collaboratively, and how to use the Internet safely and successfully as well as how to use a variety of software including Microsoft Office products, Photostory, Audacity and Moviemaker .Pupils will also develop their programming and game making skills using Scratch and learn how to edit sound graphics and video. During KS3 the ICT department co-ordinates a cross-curricular approach to ICT, with many departments in the school enabling development of ICT skills. Pupils undertake the CCEA Key Stage 3 ICT Accreditation Scheme which is intended to provide a framework to develop and enhance ICT skills. At the end of Year 10 successful pupils will receive a certificate recognising their level of ICT competence.