At ICHK, we are committed to harnessing the positive aspects of digital technology, whilst also striking a balance in its use.
Our aim is to develop learners who are confident and effective users of ICT, who can evaluate its benefits and its impact on society, and who can make sensible decisions about when and where it serves them to good advantage.
Whilst we recognise that the ability to use ICT effectively is a vital life skill, we have become increasingly aware of its disruptive power and the difficult battle that young people face in their capacity to use devices wisely.
Having witnessed the extraordinary developments in digital technology in recent years, we have radically revised our ICT policies.
Across both schools we continue to deliver an exciting and relevant ICT curriculum, whilst also giving students plenty of opportunities to explore both real world interactions and experiences.
Devices are rarely used in Kindergarten and are further introduced in Primary, as a tool to support innovative teaching and learning. Students have access to iPads, ChromeBooks, MacBooks and cameras, and ICT is integrated into classroom learning. But the focus is very much about making them thinkers and creators, rather than consumers.
At Secondary the school laptop is the primary device for learning. The emphasis is on its positive use, balanced with other expressive technologies, including hand crafted notes, diagrams, simulations and prompts to thinking.
Mobile phone use in school is strongly discouraged, with Year 7-11 students being encouraged to dock their phones in designated lockers each morning. Those students who find this problematic receive guidance and support in order to establish more healthy habits. Break times are protected as non-ICT time.
Students are given many new opportunities to develop their learning. Under our pioneering Free Learning project, they are given the choice of a huge variety of different ICT study options, starting in Year 7. Topics include information literacy, web design, game development, and electronics teardown and rebuild.
And our unique Human Technologies curriculum supports our students in becoming intelligent, confident, critical users of all technologies, whether digital or otherwise.
As part of our commitment to community learning, we offer Parent ICT courses and Maker Nights where families can learn together in a fun way.
We suggest that the use of digital technology is progressing too far, too fast, and without proper reflection in the wider world. At ICHK we are wholly committed to using ICT to further school centred learning. But we are also striving to provide a space where it is less prevalent, less intense, less pervasive, and more explicitly the subject of critical analysis and sustainable practice.