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Young people of today are increasingly using Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in schools and in the home. This guide provides guidance to help understand how students use ICT in school and a link to the NSPCC containing e-safety issues and risks, and guidance on how parents and carers can protect their children at home.
How your son or daughter uses ICT in school
ICT in schools is taught as a subject in its own right and also supports students’ learning in other subjects, including English and mathematics. Within ICT lessons students learn to use a wide range of ICT including:
- Word Processing to write essays, news articles or letters
- Databases to record information, e.g. GCSE data handling project
- Spreadsheets to create tables, charts and graphs
- Desktop Publishing to design posters, leaflets or cards
- Multimedia Presentation to present text, pictures and sound
- Drawing Programs to create pictures and designs in Art and Technology lessons
- Internet and the VLE to access research for project work
- Email to contact friends and email coursework to teachers
- Electronic Sensors to record changes in light, sound and temperature
- Control software to give instructions and make something happen
- Simulations to explore real and imaginary situations
- Website Publishing to create their own websites.
- Design software to create and edit images and videos.
eSafety contact in School
Guidance and advice on using ICT safely at home, visit the NSPCC Online Safety page.