At Dunannie we have a purpose-built, networked computer suite and we use standard Microsoft applications as well as age appropriate software to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. There are also computers in the corridor and classrooms.
Each class has access to an Interactive Whiteboard with audio-visual facilities enabling the whole class use of applications, websites, video, radio and CD resources. The children can also use the photocopier, video, and digital cameras, sound recorders and CD players. Through teaching children how to use these tools effectively we provide them with the means to actively participate in our rapidly changing world.
Children are encouraged to use ICT adventurously, learning new skills through the results of their exploration and gaining the confidence to explore further
Children are encouraged to use ICT adventurously, learning new skills through the results of their exploration and gaining the confidence to explore further. All the classes have lessons that develop their ICT skills and use ICT to complement and enhance other areas of the curriculum in imaginative exciting ways. For example, Nursery may tell the story of the three little pigs by making a slide show and recording their voices and Reception may use their digital camera to take pictures of sculptures around the Bedales Estate and then use the whiteboard software to make a map of their route with pictures. Children also use remote control toys and programmable robots and programs that allow them to experiment with simulated environments such a designing a town.
All children from Nursery to Year 3 have the opportunity to work in the 'ICT' suite. They learn to research using the internet and create word processed documents or slide show presentations.
They learn to refine their use of graphics software for use in art lessons and begin to learn to make and use databases.
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