Throughout the school we aim to ensure that students and teachers have the opportunity to achieve computer and internet literacy and to equip themselves with the necessary ICT skills. Technology is developing at a blistering pace. It is changing the way we do things, including the way we learn and teach.
The three main areas where computers are used are as follows:
- Teaching basic computer applications, Microsoft Office and Web Design
- Teaching computer science, including programming, contributing to the development of literacy and numeracy skills and preparing students for further education at third level.
- Using IT as a tool to help learning in all areas of the curriculum.
At Junior Cycle we aim to give students the basic skills necessary to use the computer as an aid to learning. The skills we teach at this stage include:
- Keyboard skills
- Researching projects on the internet and internet safety.
- Basic Word Processing and a basic introduction to Spreadsheets, PowerPoint and Publisher.
- An Introduction to Computer Programming using the Scratch Language.
Scratch makes it easy to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations on the web. As you create and share projects with Scratch, you learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. It is available for free download from the Scratch website.
These skills are valuable in learning and presentation across the curriculum and also aid in students’ engagement in extra-curricular events and charities. Students present typed projects, make posters for events such as cake sales and use spreadsheets to present information on charts.
Transition Year and Senior Cycle
During transition year and Senior Cycle all students are given the opportunity to attain the ECDL – European Computer Driver’s License. St Joseph of Cluny is an accredited test Centre for ECDL
Modules covered are:
- Word processing
- Excel Spreadsheets
- Access Databases
- File Management
- PowerPoint Presentations
- Internet Explorer