How is ICT in­te­grated into your cur­ricu­lum?

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We have a large fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy and have 240 com­put­ers in the col­lege in to­tal. Th­ese com­put­ers are linked to a back­end vir­tual server en­vi­ron­ment, which is archived daily. We have five high-end colour and black-and­white mul­ti­func­tion print­ers for ac­cess by our staff and learn­ers. Learner at­ten­dance reg­is­ters are recorded through bio­met­rics, which feeds into our web-based school ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tem, Edad­min. This sys­tem no­ti­fies par­ents via SMS and email if learn­ers are not present. This sys­tem also runs all other as­pects of our school ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ev­ery class­room has a com­puter – one of which is a ded­i­cated Ap­ple lab­o­ra­tory. All class­rooms are tech­no­log­i­cally en­abled through wireless and wired con­nec­tiv­ity, to al­low ac­cess to the in­ter­net and our own ed­u­ca­tor-de­vel­oped in­tranet. Our in­tranet hosts our elec­tronic les­son con­tent and i s also ac­ces­si­ble f rom home. We also have in­ter­ac­tive white­boards that al­low us to host a 21st-cen­tury class­room where our learn­ers can be en­gaged in a true mul­ti­me­dia learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pod­cast-en­abled class­rooms al­low lessons to be cap­tured in video for­mat to be posted on our pod­cast server f or ac­cess when­ever a learner has been ab­sent, for re­vi­sion or for other study pur­poses.

Our ded­i­cated on-site sup­port team en­sures the con­tin­ued run­ning of our sys­tems. We have in­te­grated tech­nol­ogy i nt o our learner ’s timetabled lessons and sub­jects in or­der for it to be part of the les­son and not an ex­ten­sion of a sub­ject. Dis­play tele­vi­sions around the cam­pus show­case school events, matches, me­dia cam­paigns and other l earner-based me­dia con­tent. This is man­aged by the re­porters’ club who cap­ture, edit and pro­duce the con­tent.

We of­fer sub­ject ex­ten­sions aligned with in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, such as Com­pTIA A+ tech­ni­cian. Our Grade 7 to Grade 9 learn­ers fol­low the In­ter­na­tional Com­puter Driver’s Li­cense (ICDL).

We of­fer 3D an­i­ma­tion work­shops on week­ends and will be of­fer­ing an in­ter­net mar­ket­ing ap­pren­tice work­shop as well, which teaches learn­ers how to cre­ate niche mar­ket web­sites to gen­er­ate money through on­line ad­ver­tis­ing and on­line mar­ket­ing tech­niques.

Our learn­ers com­pete in many com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing Ap­ple’s iLife com­pe­ti­tion, the Com­puter Olympiad and, in the past, the Or­a­cle Thinkquest Com­pe­ti­tion, where we were placed in the top 10 in the world.

We keep abreast of cur­rent tech­nol­ogy t r ends by ex­pos­ing our l ear ners t o ot her soft­ware prod­ucts such as Adobe Flash and Pho­to­Shop, as well as Google Sketchup.

We have re­cently been fo­cus­ing on Ap­ple’s iLife Suite, which fa­cil­i­tates the easy cre­ation of me­dia-rich con­tent by our learn­ers and staff.

The chang­ing in­for­ma­tion land­scape of the 21st c e nt ur y de­mands that our stu­dents de­velop new skills of in­for­ma­tion lit­er­acy.

Our work in progress turns 30 in 2010. How the years have sim­ply van­ished, but I can say with con­fi­dence, that we have pos­i­tively touched the lives of thou­sands of chil­dren and con­tinue to do so as we build op­por­tu­ni­ties for each learner to cre­ate a suc­cess­ful present while work­ing to­wards a bril­liant fu­ture. Park­lands Col­lege is suc­cess­ful be­cause of the in­volve­ment, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of ev­ery role-player: learn­ers, par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors, prin­ci­pals.”

Call 021 521 2700 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or see the ad­ver­tise­ment on this page for de­tails.

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