LNS and Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Here at Lusk NS, we have made exciting advancements in our use of ICT to enhance the delivery of the curriculum to every single child in the school. Through teaching and learning with ICT we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world, where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way.
We have invested generously in ICT over the last number of years, through grants, schools funds, and voluntary contributions. As a result every class is fully equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB), two computers, and a scanner or visualiser. Every class also has access to a central printer and various auxillary ICT equipment. We also have a super Computer suite which is designed to facilitate whole class lessons.
An additional and exciting opportunity to gain ICT skills in school is through the Computer Club…..
The computer club meets each year in the third term, after Easter. This club is an after school club aimed at 5th class pupils. Ms Canny, Ms Kearney and Ms Halpin run the computer club each year.
During the duration of the club, the pupils are introduced to many different computer skills. They are given time to practise these new skills and create different things that are displayed around the school.
Some of the skills that are learned at computer club include:
- Basic Word skills
- Editing documents in Word
- Creating PowerPoint presentations
- Creating and editing slideshows in Moviemaker
- Creating and editing posters for school activities e.g. Sports Day
We are already looking forward to the next computer club in 2013!
The computer club has been extremely successful over the last two years. Children from fifth class have taken part and have very much enjoyed the club.
It runs after school from 3 – 4pm for six weeks. In the computer club the children learn how to create folders, save files and they learn basic skills when writing, including, font size, page orientation, italics, copy and paste and surfing the internet.
The children have also learned how to make posters. Last year the children created posters giving information about sports day and added images from clip art and from Google images. These were then put up around the school and were admired by the pupils and staff. A favourite lesson amongst the children was learning how to make a video story. The children picked something that they have a keen interest in and they created a video film using words, music and pictures.
Myself and Ms. Kearney look forward to the computer club after the Easter holidays this year. It is a very enjoyable after school activity and I hope the children who take part this year will enjoy it.