ICT at West Croft
West Croft Junior School has an ICT suite of 33 PCs, sufficient for every child in a class to use. These computers are networked so each child has their own login and filestore. Use of the ICT suite is timetabled so that every class gets to spend at least one session there each week. In addition each classroom has 2 PCs, one connected to an interactive whiteboard and data-projector, which is used in day to day teaching. Other resources include microphones, cameras, video cameras and data loggers.
School Software Packages
We use a variety of software packages in the classroom and we choose the best packages for our different age groups.
This is a simple yet powerful free-hand drawing software package helping children to develop their creativity.
Textease is a multi-use package. It is child friendly and simpler than the Microsoft equivalent. It is useful for early years where Microsoft Office is too complex. You can purchase the software through the school at a discount.
Google Earth is a 'map' of the earth, fully rotatable and scaleable, it can be used to provide valuable information in Geograpghy, it gives a much better sense of scale compared to a conventional atlas.
This is a powerful piece of software allowing the composition of a pop song, complete with drums, bass line and samples. It has proved to be immensely popular since we began using it. There is an "Electronic Music" school club that mainly uses this programme.