The ICT department aims to encourage pupils to become both independent enquirers and creative thinkers. The work is designed to challenge the students to create ICT solutions to key tasks and problems in the real world. In our dedicated ICT suite the boys are taught how to become efficient users of digital technology, ranging from essential office skills to programming and sequencing.
In this ever changing digital world our ultimate objective is to move pupils from being consumers of information, to becoming producers of products and solutions.
We have a central teaching room with networked PC computers and printers. In each division, there is a networked computer and in the senior Divisions there is an extra computer to allow the boys access the intranet and Internet in lessons. We have a rolling programme of modernisation and our ICT steering committee guides the updating schedule.
When the boys first arrive, our priority is to ensure they are familiar and confident when using their email and the school network. Touch typing and basic office skills are also taught. An ICT contract is discussed and signed by each boy. This outlines the expectations and code of conduct for using all forms of ICT whilst at Ludgrove.
All boys have one lesson per week and the ICT room is open at all times to allow emailing and other work. In addition to ICT lessons, the ICT room is available to book for other subject lessons.
The importance of Internet safety and using the web efficiently are impressed upon the boys throughout their time at Ludgrove. As the boys progress through the school, the entire Microsoft Office package is used, mostly in cross curricular schemes of learning, to give further purpose to the skills being taught.
Basic computer programming and other learning activities are provided and these are very popular.