Holy Family Junior School has
a staff of 16 teachers. All members of staff have completed Phase 1 and
Phase 2 of NCTE Training. However there was a general feeling amongst
teachers that more specific guidance was needed if Computer Hardware and
Software was to be used successfully as an educational tool in the classroom.
Ongoing training with relevance to teachers' immediate needs was required.
It was suggested that interested
and available teachers would meet on a Tuesday evening after school to
share expertise and to support each other in exploring ICT. The duration
of each session would be thirty minutes.
Support Group Objectives
Information Age Town
- To share ideas on the integration
and appropriate use of school software in the Curriculum.
- To experiment with this
software and to become familiar with it.
- To swap ideas and to share
- To learn how to use peripherals
such as the scanner and the digital camera thus making them more inviting
to use during the school day.
- To find solutions to immediate
ICT Problems that teachers were experiencing.
- To investigate ways of
using ICT to enhance learning, visual display and classroom/school organisation.
The group meets weekly in the Computer Room. An agenda is set during
the previous week based on suggestions from members of staff. Presently
the Computer Resource Teacher facilitates the group, however class teachers
with expertise in the Topic of the Day lead the group for that particular
session. Sessions are short but practical.
Examples of topics covered:
- Saving to folders/floppy
- Changing words on the scrolling
- Teacher Options in Wordshark
- Digital Camera Photography
- Making flashcard/charts
using MS Word and many more…….
We have given ourselves the time to think and learn.
- Teachers are happy to attend
the session as discussion and practice are relevant and helpful.
- Teachers help each other
during the session and this co-operation continues during the week.
We are all becoming experts in different areas, thus the same teachers
are not always being called upon to solve the problem.
- Confidence is building.
- We are now beginning to
value ICT in Education when it is used in an educational and integrated
This model of in-house training is only in its infancy. We hope to keep
up the good practice and continue on the infinite learning curve of
Holy Family Junior School