e_Learning Policy

St. Colman’s e-Learning Plan
This plan; which was developed in May-June 2013 by staff of St. Colman’s as part of a review and updating of our former ICT Policy; is being amended January 2015 as a result of increased I.T. usage in the school.
Mission Statement.
As well as being an important educational resource, the ability to use I.T. effectively is a vital life skill in modern society. Our aim is to produce learners (pupils and staff) who are confident and effective users of IT. We strive to achieve this aim by:
• I.T. should further the holistic development of all the pupils.
• Integrate the latest technology at our disposal into as many aspects of the Revised Curriculum as possible.
• I.T. should be inclusive of all ages and abilities including pupils with special needs.
• Encourage the use of technology outside and beyond the school.

Rationale
Why does our school require I.T.?
1. To provide the best possible education for all our pupils
2. To provide a powerful and up to date teaching resource for all our teachers
3. To allow for more effective administration
4. To help provide more effective communication with staff and parents
5. To communicate with teachers and pupils in Europe and further afield
6. To prepare children for life in a technologically advanced world.
Special Needs

1. In St. Colman’s N.S. we believe that I.T. should cater for all abilities with particular emphasis on pupils with Special needs.
2. Pupils with special needs have priority use of a computer in their classroom. Programmes included are Lexia, Maths Invaders, Maths Made Easy, Reading for Literacy, Planet Maths resources.
3. Pupils with special needs are greatly empowered through the use of I.T.

Overview of existing Resources
Infant Room
Interactive White Board
Teacher Laptop
PC and Printer
Visualiser

Senior Room
Interactive White Board
Teacher Laptop and Printer
PC and Printer
Visualiser

Learning Support
Laptop
PC and Printer

Other Equipment for Whole School Use
Photocopier/printer/scanner combined
2 Printers
A3 Photocopier
6 laptops 4 of which are on loan from the Teach Ceoil.
3 DVD Players
Digital Camera
Microphone Easi-Speak
6 PCs which are on loan from the Teach Ceoil.
Uses of I.C.T.

1. Administration.
2. Research and project work.
3. Drill and practice.
4. Adventure games.
5. Word processing and use of graphics to illustrate work.
6. Communication via e-mail.
7. Research using the Internet.
8. Computer graphics (art)
9. Aid for pupils with special needs
10. Storage of Records, School Policies and Plans.
11. Data Processing of Standarised Tests – www.scorz.ie
12. Computer programming – Scratch
13. Map work Activities – geography – Geo Aze and Know Your Europe
14. Twitter – communication with other schools and parents.

15. School blog – communicating upcoming events and projects in school, links to educational websites for children to use, links to book company websites which have interactive activities based on the school books we are using. Assessment: children in the senior room will occasionally post comments on their school work or school events.
16. Increasingly we are using IT as a key methodology in all subjects and have replaced the text books with websites and programmes.
English: My Spelling Workbook – CD –ROM and website 1st – 6th Classes
Irish: Bun go Barr 1st – 2nd Classes interactive activities on each unit; on-line posters- oral language and audio activities
Maths: Planet Maths website – all classes – interactive activities, explanatory videos, quizzes.
Khan Academy – Mathletes .ie – 4th, 5th and 6th Classes – problem solving and explanatory videos, assessment tracker.
Scratch – programming
Daydream Maths Software – interactive posters with fun activities and quizzes
SESE: Senior Classes
Science – Science Fusion.ie has replaces the text book in 3rd to 6th classes
Daydream Software – science posters – interactive lessons, quizzes and fun activity.
Geography: Geo Aze – interactive activities on Ireland.
Know your Europe – interactive maps and activities on Europe
Geography Quest – CJ Fallon’s website – links to relevant websites for each lesson/topic.
History: History Quest –CJ Fallon’s website – links to relevant websites for each lesson/topic.
Arts: Fís – Project Work – Making our own videos, animations.
We have recently downgraded our content filtering level to allow access to Youtube which is a great resource we use across the arts.
SPHE and RSE – Stay Safe images are discussed with the aid of a visualise,
Busy Bodies DVD (HSE) is used in 5th and 6th .
Actual usage of IT in St. Colman’s
Children will acquire a certain level of competency at using computers. Skills to be learned are outlined below:

Junior and Senior Infants:

• Be able to turn on and off (shut down) the computer
• Insert and eject discs and CDs
• Manipulate mouse and keyboard
• Become familiar with basic computer terms – monitor, keyboard, mouse, enter, return, space bar, delete
• Through curriculum integration improve reading/writing/maths/art skills through games etc.
First and Second Classes:

• Understand the use of basic function keys – caps, space, delete, fada etc
• Format text e.g. Change to bold, underline etc
• Change fonts and font size
• Insert and manipulate an image/picture
• Print and save their work

Third to Sixth Classes:

• Use drop-down menus and select function
• Integrate with reading words such as enter/click/double-click/delete/return
• Curriculum integration reading and writing (word processing), maths, spelling, tables etc.
• Keyboard skills
• File management
• Editing
• Word processing
• Printing
• Use internet for information gathering
• Running/loading software.
• Editing of digital video Fís
• Set up teacher’s laptop to IWB as a daily chore.
• Post a comment on the Blog
• Send a tweet using twitter (5th and 6th Classes)
• Compose a blog post or page on school website/blog.

Ongoing Professional Development
Teachers required relevant skills in use of Laptops. Courses attended in Mayo Education Centre.
In school training in Film making and editing.
Tutor training on IWB.
Attended course on setting up school blog
Inclass scratch lessons

Advantages of I.C.T.

1. The most up to date information is accessed speedily.
2. Presentation of work is greatly enhanced especially those with poor writing and presentational skills.
3. Pupils with special needs are greatly empowered through the use of I.T.
4. The computer is ideal for drill and practice and can be set at various levels to suite individual differences, abilities and progress. Instant records and progress reports are always available.
5. Children find computers attractive and fascinating sources of learning; this attraction can often be a great stimulant for creativity.
Health and Safety.

All new computers purchased will comply with European regulations regarding radiation.
Dedicated power points are/will be installed for all computers, and fused plugs used.
Appropriate seating is being made available.

1. Power points and wiring should be inspected regularly for damage/trailing cables.
2. An adult should strictly monitor all Internet usage and e-mails.
3. Anti virus software should be used on all computers connected to the Internet.

Maintenance
• Each Teacher is asked to delete any confidential information before passing it on to another member of staff.
Ratification and Review

This plan will be implemented immediately and will be presented to the B.O.M. in this school year 2015 and will be reviewed in January 2019 unless a need arises in the interim.
Signed:________________________ Chairperson B.O.M.

Date: _____________________

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