How is ICT integrated into your curriculum?
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.”
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