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ICT & MRL

 

 

We cannot predict the future of tomorrow, but we know that technology is and always has been a bringer of change. The aim of our ICT programme is to allow pupils to learn to be competent and responsible in the use of current technology to create meaningful products for themselves, building the disposition necessary for the future.

 

Department Goal

To groom each pupil in GYPS to be a competent and responsible user of ICT

 

Approach

The ICT Department adopts a holistic approach to the learning of appropriate skills and values towards ICT usage.  Our programmes seek to enable pupils to become competent and responsible users of ICT.
The ICT Department is guided by its ICT Framework where the core values of the school are emphasized in the learning of ICT skills and cyberwellness lessons.  The learning of ICT skills is underpinned by the development of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and 21st Century Competencies.
The school seeks to expose pupils in the use of ICT in the various subject domains with the end goals of grooming users who are:
– IT-savvy and competent
– Safe and responsible
– Respectful of self and others

 

Programmes

From Primary 1 to 6 – Pupils learn skills that are directly related to their other learning in school.

Lower Primary Skills covered Relevance/Assessment
Primary 1 • Login and changing of password in IAMS and LMS
• Introduction to Learning Management System (MC Online LMS) (Basic navigation of system)
• TouchTyping skills, positioning of fingers (to be assessed)
• Microsoft Word – create document, insert and manipulate pictures, type and save a document. Produce a Word document.
• Lab etiquette and cyber wellness
Use Touch Typing skills and Microsoft skills to create a write-up on themselves
Primary 2 • Login and changing of password in IAMS and LMS
• Refresher of TouchTyping skills, positioning of fingers (to be assessed)
• Refresher of LMS system (MC Online)
• Introduction to internet searching, using Google Search (incl. image search), navigate school website.
• Microsoft Powerpoint – create a file, insert and manipulate shapes, save the file. Produce a powerpoint presentation.
• Lab etiquette and cyber wellness
Use Microsoft Powerpoint to create a presentation on what they have learnt in Maths.
Primary 3 • Login and changing of password in IAMS and LMS
• Refresher of TouchTyping skills
• Refresher of LMS system (MC Online)
• Refresher of internet searching, using Google Search (incl. image search)
• Microsoft Powerpoint – create a file, insert and manipulate pictures, insert audio, slide layout, animation, links, etc.)
• Lab etiquette and cyber wellness
Use Microsoft Powerpoint as a presentation tool in Social Studies

Apply ICT skills in Project Work.

 

 

Lower Primary ICT Lessons: Basic Computer Skills and Touch Typing

From as early as Primary 1, pupils are introduced to the basics of using the computer and typing skills. They learn to sit in the correct typing posture, type with two hands and how to access the typing program on their own.

With an interactive typing program, pupils learn to type in a fun and an enjoyable way. Teachers also encourage pupils to guide one another.

 

Upper Primary Skills covered Relevance/Assessment
Primary 4 • Login and changing of password in IAMS and LMS
• Microsoft Excel – create a worksheet, create a graph from data, creation of simple formulas
• Use of newsmaker to create a simple video
• Microsoft Powerpoint – refresher on creating a file, insert and manipulate pictures, insert audio, slide layout, animation, links, etc.) insert video.
• Lab etiquette and cyber wellness
Using Microsoft Excel in Science and Mathematics to tabulate and present data

Apply ICT skills in Project Work.

Primary 5 • Digital Manga Drawing
• Use a programme like photoshop to create a Digital Artwork
Use photoshop to create a Manga Artwork based on their ambition
Primary 6 • Poster Design
• Use a programme like photoshop to create a Digital Artwork based on an artist of their choice
Use photoshop or equivalent software to create a poster based on an artist of their choice.

 

Upper Primary ICT Lessons: PowerPoint Presentation, Photography and Animation

After pupils are introduced to the basics of handling a camera, they also learn to take photographs with more advanced techniques, capturing shots from different angles and focusing on various subjects.

Given a task, pupils work in teams to capture different shots of various subject matters.
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Digital Art Classes

Technology has evolved in the learning of Art.  During digital Art lessons, Upper Primary pupils learn how to create a stop motion animation. Skills like video-editing, photography and inserting audio file are taught. The pupils enjoy using digital Art to express their thoughts, feelings and creativity.

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P6 Video Editing

Pupils learn to act, film and edit their own videos in this module.

 

Cyber Wellness

The Cyber Wellness (CW) programme in GYPS aims to raise awareness and equip students with sound values and life-long social-emotional competencies so that they can become safe, responsible and respectful users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

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The Cyber Wellness curriculum centres on two foundational principles (from the Cyber Wellness Framework), three big ideas and four themes. The three big ideas of Identity, Relationships and Choices are in line with the big ideas of Character and Citizenship Education (CCE).

The main platforms for the delivery of CW lessons are via the weekly Form Teacher Guidance Period. Key Cyber Wellness topics are also incorporated into the formal curriculum through subjects such as English and Mother Tongue Languages where appropriate.

In addition, GYPS also sets aside an annual Cyberwellness Week, where the school promotes and actively displays Cyberwellness messages to pupils. A whole myriad of activities would be lined up in school spanning across pre-assembly to curriculum time as well as recess time activities.

The school aims to reach out to GYPS school community and parents as well as to equip GYPS cyber wellness ambassadors to identify potential hazards in the cyberspace faced by their peers and provide solutions to address these concerns.

A 30-minute classroom lesson and an assembly talk each term help to consolidate their learning about cyberspace and practical steps to protect themselves.
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During the Cyber wellness and Library Week, the P5 and P6 cyber wellness ambassadors put up two skits on gaming addiction and copyright during the morning assembly to show their peers on how to react to cyberspace risks.

During recesses that week, e-books and videos on cyber wellness were screened in the canteen. Laptops were set up for pupils to play games and learn about cyber wellness. Pupils also did a reflection on themes related to the assembly talks and pledged that they will be responsible internet users.
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MTL teachers also told the pupils stories with embedded values during that week. After listening to the stories, pupils were involved in decision making. Selected pupils role played the characters. A puppetry show titled “MomoTaro” was put up by Primary 4A pupils in the library during recess.

To reach out to parents, the school works with School Family Education (SFE) which conducts workshops to educate parents to better help their child manage cyber space risk. The workshop topics were aligned with pupils’ cyber wellness programme topics so that parents can be updated as well as reinforce their child’s learning during school holidays.
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Values In Action (VIA) with Senior Citizens

In collaboration with Bishan East Community Centre, eager GYPS pupils were enthusiastic in sharing their IT knowledge and skills as facilitators for the Senior Citizens in the community.

Pupil leaders explaining the simple functions on keyboard & operating system.
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It was a great opportunity for GYPS pupils to interact with the elderly folks and show them the various social media that the youths are using, which included Facebook!

ICT Training for ICT Monitors

The ICT Department provides ICT training for ICT Monitors once per semester as part of the leadership training programme. Two pupils per class are identified to be ICT Monitors. During the training, they learn about the good qualities of an ICT Monitor and how they can assist the teacher to set up ICT equipment in the classroom. They also learn how to do simple trouble shooting skills. Through the training, they develop confidence in managing ICT-related tasks and are able to mentor their classmates.
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Media Resource Library

Reading feeds the imagination, opens doors and expands horizons. Hence, reading is a very important skill that every child must be encouraged to develop.
In view of this, the GYPS library aims to create a conducive place for pupils to build their love for reading. During English and Mother Tongue periods, pupils immerse themselves in the world of books as they make their weekly visits to the library. To further fuel their passion for reading, iREAD books are conveniently placed in every classroom and rotated among the classes for pupils to read in the classrooms during their pockets of free time. In addition, storytelling sessions are conducted three times a week for the Lower Primary during their recess which our GYPS pupils look forward to.
The library also hosts an annual Library Week that aims to bring interesting programmes such as storytelling, sharing of award-winning books and e-books to GYPS pupils to inculcate their love of reading.
This year, the theme for Library Week was ‘Reading Together for Pleasure’. School leaders and several teachers took turns to engage pupils by reading their favourite storybooks during pre-assembly and recess.

 

In line with Speak Good English Movement (SGEM), Lower Primary pupils enjoyed a skit by Readers’ House entitled “Make Good English Stick” during Assembly. It highlighted the importance of using Standard English while communicating. Upper Primary pupils had the opportunity to be inspired by local Sci-Fi Novelist and Comic Artist Otto Fong’s “Orphans Versus Empires” author talk. He focussed on “From Imagination to Images and Imageries“.

 

During the Library Week, parent volunteers kick-started a reading programme during Lower Primary recess. Following this, parents who had read to pupils have expressed an interest to forge a partnership with the school to continue reading to our pupils on a regular basis.

 

To encourage more pupils to read, new books were purchased to improve the current library’s collection. Older books are given place to newer ones. Top Readers Awards are given to pupils. The Top readers from each class were given collar pins and the Top Readers of the level were given a book prize. The book reviews written by the Top Readers were displayed in the library.

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