The role of ICT

In the PYP, the ever-increasing impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on teaching and learning is recognized. It is recommended that all staff be trained to learn how to use any technologies provided for them by the school, and that the use of the available technologies be integrated into student inquiries.

Many students will bring previous experience and knowledge that can be drawn upon to enhance the learning of others, including that of the teacher. In fact, it is in this area that a PYP classroom most often resembles a community of learners.

ICT provides opportunities for the enhancement of learning, and may significantly support students in their inquiries, and in developing their conceptual understanding. It is best considered as a tool for learning, albeit with its own set of skills, as opposed to an additional subject area. ICT skills should be developed and learned in order to support the needs of individual learners in their inquiries.

The use of ICT:

  • can document the learning, making it available to all parties
  • can provide opportunities for rapid feedback and reflection
  • can provide opportunities to enhance authentic learning
  • can provide access to a broad range of sources of information
  • can provide students with a range of tools to store, organize and present their learning encourages and allows for communication with a wide-ranging audience.

A PYP school community should collaboratively identify and agree on the need for, and aims of, the use of ICT. ICT tools should be used critically, with integrity, and there should be specific attention given to the validity and reliability of information gained through their use.

Source: Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education (2009)

 

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