Information and Communication Technology
Mrs Lynette Thackray Smith
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Mrs Jenny Rishworth
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Mrs Tabita Dlali
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We aim to develop the confidence and capability of all students by introducing and using ICT across the curriculum. In order to build important basic skills and competence, information and communication technology (ICT) is taught as a compulsory subject until the end Grade 11.
ICT uses the Knowledge Network® curriculum to enable the students to become computer literate.
The Progressive Learning Programme, using ILAMM (Integrated Learning and Mentoring Methodology) covers all computer disciplines including workplace skills, word processing, spreadsheeting, Desktop Publishing, presentations, graphics and multimedia presentations.
The function of ILAMM is to:
Promote accelerated learning
Develop ICT skills
At the same time, lateral thinking skills, logic and problem solving skills, life skills, self esteem, listening, concentration and memory skills, research, planning and time management skills are developed. Cross pollination of skills develops learner independence in using ICT and ensures the learners are able to move from different software applications quickly and easily. ILAMM actively promotes learning.
There are 5 Levels to the Progressive Learning Programme
12 ICT is not offered in Grade 12 11 Level 5 curriculum* Level 4 curriculum* 10 Level 4 curriculum* Level 3 curriculum* 9 Level 3 Extended curriculum 8 Level 1 curriculum (1st semester) Level 2 curriculum (2nd semester)
* depending on competency level achieved, and Certification obtained
Knowledge Network© Progressive Learning Programme for High Schools Level 1-5.
The Standard Curriculum includes drawing (Paint), Word Processing (MS Word), Spreadsheets (MS Excel) and Presentations (MS Powerpoint). The Level 3 Extended Curriculum also includes website design (MS Frontpage), database creation (MS Access) and Desktop Publishing (DTP) (MS Publisher.
All grades have 3 lessons in a 7-day cycle.
Each Level is assessed with tests and an examination, externally set by Knowledge Network®. Students qualify for a Knowledge Network® Certificate provided 70% has been achieved in the examination.
No homework is required, all projects/work is completed in class. The onus is on the learner to become familiar with the skills that have been covered in the lessons.
No textbooks or notes are used. ICT is a skill which requires practice. The onus is on the student to become familiar with the skills that have been covered in the lessons.
Progression through the Levels
The Grade 8’s complete Level 1 and Level 2 in the year, and Grade 9’s complete Level 3. Progression from one Level to the next is automatic until the end of Grade 9. At the end of Grade 9, students are placed in classes according to their examination result. A minimum of 70% is required to progress to the next in Grade 10, otherwise the Level is repeated. At the end of Grade 10, 70% is required to move to the next Level.
Should a student not have achieved the standard for a certificate, he has the option of sitting for a re-write examination 6 months later. It has been found that this time enables consolidation of skills. 70% is the minimum requirement for a certificate. Students can rewrite the various Levels as long as they are enrolled on the programme (until the end of Grade 11). Should they achieve the standard, they will be moved into a higher Level, but they may not skip a Level. Level 3 is the minimum standard that we expect our students to achieve before the end of Grade 11. Students are encouraged to register for the rewrite examinations when notified.
Click on the link below for further information about Knowledge Network, the curriculum and to have a look at some of the projects from Grey students.