ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support independent learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, Coppice needs to develop the use of these technologies in order to arm our students with the skills to access life-long learning and employment. Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including web-based and mobile learning.
It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
- Learning Platforms & Virtual Learning Environments
- Email and Instant Messaging
- Chat Rooms and Social Networking
- Blogs and Wikis
- Video Broadcasting
- Music Downloading
- Mobile/Smart Phones with text, video and/or web functionality
- Other mobile devices with functionality
Although ICT is exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, we must recognise that particularly web-based resources; are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these internet technologies.
At Coppice Performing Arts School, we understand the responsibility to educate our students on E-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.