Using ICT is one of the three Cross-Curricular Skills at the heart of the curriculum. Developing children’s ICT skills encourages them to handle and communicate information, solve problems, pose questions and be creative in using digital technology.
The creative use of ICT can improve children’s thinking skills and encourage them to become independent, self-motivated and flexible learners.
Teachers can develop children’s Using ICT skills by giving them opportunities to:
- engage in meaningful research and purposeful activities set in relevant contexts;
- process, present and exchange their ideas and translate their thinking into creative outcomes that show an awareness of audience and purpose; and
- use ICT to:
- handle and communicate information, solve problems, pose questions and take risks;
- collaborate within and beyond the classroom;
- share and exchange their work; and
- exhibit and showcase their learning.
Schools should embed e-safety education into teaching and learning in the Areas of Learning through relevant topics. This will give children opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of e-safety.
For more information on internet safety education for children, see the Department of Education’s article on Education in Safe and Effective Practices.
The Department of Education’s 2016/27 circular on e-safety provides guidance about keeping children safe online and prioritising online safety within a school’s curriculum and safeguarding policy.