Brescia House School has a connected classroom policy; it feels that modern knowledge is all about collaboration to achieve an end.
The connected classroom is about being open minded and using progressive thinking skills to show how pupils understand what they have learnt and how teachers have accomplished their goals.
- Not taught in isolation using skills based training
- Learned through use
- Learned through the application in integrated lessons
- Learned through using classroom content
ICT is not a separate skills-based lesson series in the curriculum, rather it is an effort at using an outsourced program of lessons (Computers 4 Kids) to integrate classroom content with ICT learning. This lesson is done once a week for 50 minutes.
Educators have access to a variety of pre-created lesson plans which integrate ICT learning with classroom content that they are using at the time for every grade.
At this stage there is one educator responsible for ascertaining the classroom content being done in every class and then choosing the relevant lesson plan accordingly.
Learners are also encouraged to use the ICT room to complete classroom projects, which they do often. This contributes to their ICT skill learning.
- Enjoy using ICT and tackle all applications with confidence and a sense of achievement and purpose.
- Develop practical skills in the use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to the solving of relevant and worthwhile problems.
- Understand the capabilities and limitations of ICT and the implications and consequences of its use.
- Be open minded in their approach to ICT so that they will be able to adapt easily to the ICT systems and approaches they will encounter in their future lives.
- Be offered equal opportunities in ICT irrespective of gender, class level or school attendance.
Pupils have the opportunity to work both co-operatively and individually with the following Information and Communication Technology resources:
- Each classroom is equipped with a Promethean interactive whiteboard and projector.
- The girls have access to two sets of 32 Promethean Active Response Systems.
- The Primary School Computer Lab has 30 networked Dell Touch-screen Windows 10 computers, access to the school network, a colour printer and the Internet.
- Each Grade R class has a classroom set of 5 iPad-minis for excusive use in their classroom.
- Each class Grade 1 to Grade 3, in the Foundation Phase, has a clasroom set of 9 iPads with wireless access Internet, for use in their classroom.
- Each Grade 4 to Grade 6 class has a set of 10 Dell Venue 10 Windows 9 Tablets for exclusive use in their classroom.
- A set of software is available on the network, backed by a centrally stored resource of cross-curricular material.
- Other items of hardware and equipment including Promethean document views, digital cameras, microphones and headphones.
The learner laptop program provides opportunities for deeper involvement in learning for both the girls and staff, by providing more in-depth exposure to current resources.
All girls from Grade 7 to 12 have a personal Dell Laptop, with which they have access to the School Network, the Internet and colour printers.