Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
At St. George’s, we use technology to transform learning in order to create critical thinkers, collaborative workers, and global communicators. We endeavour to bring authentic experience and feedback to our students so the learning will be deeper and more meaningful.
Our goal is to have information & communication technologies (ICT) seamlessly integrated into our curriculum, ensuring the focus remains on the learning and not the technology.
Students in Grades 3 through 11 enjoy the advantages of a “one-to-one” laptop program. Placing computers with our students, in the classroom, allows for better “hands-on” instruction and more importantly, greater individual or differentiated instruction. Our students work on MacBook Air laptops; iMacs are placed in the K-3 classrooms, elementary school library, and multimedia lab in the high school. Mobile technology is facilitated in the classroom with an assortment of iPads and iPod Touch devices allowing for very effective anytime/anywhere learning.
Our ICT program equips our learners with important 21st century skills. We use technology to enable our students to research, create, communicate, collaborate and reflect. Learning has gone from passive to active. Today’s students have easy access to vast amounts of information; our job is to teach them how to find and recognize what is pertinent and then communicate the materials they have gathered in a meaningful way.
Teaching and supporting the use of technology and multimedia in projects are important features of our program and through project work, our students are taught that communication skills should be broad and use a variety of media. These projects, produced at every grade level, have the support of an ICT integrator and a technical support professional providing assistance and/or guidance as needed.
In addition to teaching our students how to be effective researchers, we have gathered an array of websites to help guide learners from Kindergarten to Grade 6 through a variety of subjects covered in our curriculum. These sites are designed to aid students on all levels, allowing each child to progress independently. The sites are mostly hands-on and dynamic and mesh well with the use of Smartboards in our classrooms. Each grade level has access to Language Arts and Math, as well as Science, Art and Music support sites all the while learning appropriate computer skills apropos to the subject matter.