We believe that digital technology can be a powerful tool for enhancing learning, and assisting with all forms of communication. Digital technology has become an integral part of our day-to-day lives in the College and we have enthusiastically embraced the use of technology in our learning. St Paul’s have three fully developed computer rooms one of which is dedicated to Technical Graphics.
Undoubtedly, digital and interactive technologies can bring a new richness of resources to the classroom and to learning and teaching in general. We aim to embed these technologies across our curriculum to enhance our established educational excellence. However, we do recognise that the use of digital technology should have relevance in our teaching practice and that it forms part of our holistic approach to quality education.
Over the last few years we have developed our facilities to complement our innovative teaching staff. Every classroom has a networked computer with access to high speed broadband as well as a fixed projector. Every department has a visualiser at its disposal and many teachers are using an iPad to support their teaching. All of our classrooms are equipped with wireless access to high speed broadband to support students who have already received Laptops form the Department of Education to aid their learning.
The prevalence of digital technology requires us to ensure that our pupils are capable of full participation in this digital world. In recognition of this, our pupils are encouraged to engage with technology. All have the possibility of creating a Microsoft account, have their own network profile to save their work and assignments and have wireless access to the Internet in most areas around the college. Timetabled Computer Studies classes reinforce their digital literacy while the ICT department can be called upon for help.
As with learning, digital technology plays a crucial role in all aspects of communication in a school like St Paul’s College. We endeavour to keep parents informed about pupils and events as much as possible through email, our website, Komeer and texting systems. We are in the process of moving our communications from Text to Komeer (A downloadable App which is secured and personal to each subscriber.