Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Department
The ICT department provides the essential ICT support so that teachers can leverage the concordances of technology to create and enact ICT-enriched lessons. To ensure that ICT positively impacts teaching and learning process, the school is guided by MOE IT Masterplans. The school recognises the following leverage points to achieve the goal of helping students develop 21st century competencies for self-directed and collaborative learning through the effective use of ICT as well as to help them become responsible users of technology.
1. Teacher Capacity– Teachers are trained and supported to plan and deliver ICT-enriched learning experiences for students. At GESPS, professional development is structured into the school calendar where teachers are introduced to ICT tools and pedagogies. With this support, teachers are able to build their capacity to develop ICT-enriched lessons in the classroom.
2. Opportunities for Students to use ICT– Students are given ample opportunities to use ICT to enhance their learning experiences. For example, in the lower primary classrooms, students make use of mobile devices to learn and apply new mathematical skills. With the Learning Management System (MCOnline) and Student Learning Space (SLS), the school will be able to better create and provide meaningful learning opportunities for the students to experience ICT.
3. Reliable ICT Infrastructure – A strong and reliable school infrastructure is necessary to create and sustain learning anytime, anywhere. The school is going through an upgrading to enhance the school network and ICT infrastructure to better cater for mobile learning and the development of 21st century competencies.
To better impart 21st century learners with the right values on and offline, the school put together a cyberwellness program that advocates students to exhibit positive behavior when using ICT. Students are taught and reminded of the cyberwellness messages during ICT programmes and lessons. The school also makes use of a cyberwellness day to go through cyberwellness messages to all students during assembly talk. Students are involved in activities to further reinforce their understanding about cyberwellness.