Using ICT for Learning
All students at King James’s are encouraged to make full use of the wide range of ICT facilities on offer. Subject departments have timetabled access to computer rooms – there are twelve fully-equipped suites that offer multimedia resources and support a range of leading software applications. The school has also invested in a range of state-of-the-art mobile equipment for classroom use. Interactive touchscreen panels are increasingly being made use of along with LCD projectors and Smartboard technology to enhance lessons. The curriculum network extends throughout the school, allowing users to share resources and work from different locations.
We have a filtered internet service and all our workstations provide access to internet sites using the latest broadband technology, enabling students and staff to benefit from an information-rich learning environment.
Access to the internet is an integral part of the curriculum at King James’s School and is incorporated into planned lessons, as well as being used for research purposes outside lessons. As a matter of course, all students are given access to the internet at the beginning of Year 7, but only after appropriate advice, information and guidance regarding online safety have been issued. Students are asked to sign an ICT user policy in their planners.
Internet provision is currently via a dedicated 1 Gigabit broadband connection through Schools Broadband. The content allowed via this connection is fully filtered through industry leading filtering and firewall hardware. Regular checks are carried out by the school’s IT staff. However, it must be emphasised that no filtering can be 100% effective. Improper use by any student of the internet at school will result in their access being denied for a period of time.
Unless parents specifically request that their child be denied access, all students will be given internet access as outlined above when they start at King James’s.