The term ICT stands for Information and Communication Technology which aims to develop autonomous and life long learners. The ICT course helps students to develop essential skills for success in today’s world which are broadly categorised in the areas of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. 21st Century skills are the building blocks to learning and citizenship. During ICT lessons students have access to iPads and other technology. We have a 1:1 iPad program at MEF IS Primary in Grade 4 and 5, and pods of iPads for class use in the other grades.
In the Early Childhood Center, the view of technology is broad. It does not necessarily imply screen time. In the ECC, technology is any tool used to solve a problem. We are focused on developing the use of technology for problem-solving through tinkering and the implementation of a program that includes a variety of loose parts. Loose parts develop the intellect of the child as they learn to think critically (hypothesise, analyse, compare and contrast). When students use loose parts to build and design they are exploring engineering and mathematical concepts. The children in the ECC will be using simple tools for tinkering and loose parts for design and engineering.
In Kindergarten ICT students learn about searching on Google, creating posters, making digital stories, making voice memos amongst others. Students also engage in unplugged activities to learn more about computational thinking. They learn how to control a robot by programming it with a set of instructions known as block programming which can be figured out easily. Kindergartners get hands-on experience in controlling a real robot.
The IB PYP programme and us here at MEF IS see ICT as a tool to enhance learning throughout the transdisciplinary programme of inquiry, across subject areas, the IB learner profile, and the essential elements of the PYP.