School ICT Policy

  • Computers are an essential part of the educational curriculum of Castleknock National School.
  • Computers are used by Class, Resource, and Language Support Teachers.
  • Any assistive technology(for example laptops or tablets) assigned to a child by the Department of Education remains the property of the school. This equipment must remain within the school at all times and is not to be taken to and from school.  When the child leaves the school the assistive technology will remain the property of the school.
  • A Cyber Bullying Policy is in place to deal with cases of cyber bullying
  • Computers are also available for planning, preparation and research of materials by teachers.
  • In all classes computers will be seen as an aid and a tool to further the pupils’ education and an emphasis will be put on the learning to use computers rather than learning about computers.
  • It is our aim that all pupils would leave our school ‘computer literate’. We define ‘computer literate’ as being able to use a computer with ease and speed to access information from a wide range of sources and represent and communicate that information in a suitable format utilising a variety of tools. This definition would include use of the Internet, word-processing, manipulation of photographs and images.
  • Each classroom has at least one computer with internet access connected to the printer in the computer room
  • It is our intention to introduce teachers to the full possibility and use of software and hardware already in the school so that all resources are fully utilised.
  • Every assistance and encouragement will be given to staff members in their pursuit of personal development in this area of the curriculum.

 

Organisation of Computer Room

 

  • Computer room access is organised on a timetable basis. Each class having been designated an hour a week. This allows a number of free periods for classes to use the computer room for other curriculum areas.
  • Teachers are responsible for the setting up of the Computer Room for their class.
  • Teachers must oversee the quality of the work produced in the computer room by their class.
  • Unnecessary overuse use of the printers is to be avoided due to the expense involved.
  • Each teacher will have to be vigilant with his/her class in the computer room to ensure children do not access inappropriate material. Especially while using the internet.
  • No children are permitted to use the computer room without a teacher present in the room
  • A filtered version of Google is in use
  • Children and staff members log in with separate passwords, this allows the children to use a restrictive account.
  • There is a shared account available for staff to allow resources and files to be shared, while each staff member also has a personal account.
  • Children with learning difficulties that would benefit from access are accommodated in the schools Resource timetable.

 

Computer Hardware List

 

  • 30 PC’s Networked
  • 2 Servers
  • Each child has their own headphones (stored in the school)
  • 1 B/W Laser Printer
  • 8 Digital Cameras
  • 1 Computer in each classroom
  • Office area is also networked and given internet access

 

Computer Software List

 

  • Computer Classroom Junior Infants to Senior Infants (English and Maths)
  • Wordshark (English phonics)
  • Number shark (on limited number of computers)
  • Reading Tracks (English)
  • 2Type (English)
  • Mathletics and Reading Eggs accounts for all children
  • General Internet – Numerous Educational resources

 

 

School Website

 

The school website address is www.castleknocknationalschool.com

The website is used as a tool to:

  • promote the school in the local community
  • showcase the children’s work
  • provide information for parents and prospective parents

 

 

The Acceptable Use Policy should be read in conjunction with this policy.  It deals specifically with the rules regarding ICT use within the school.  It also details school policy with regard children appearing on the school website.  Parents of each child must sign a copy of this document once their child has started school in Junior Infants or when a new child joins the school.

 

This policy was reviewed and updated October 2017