ICT & MRL

 

 

We cannot predict the future of tomorrow, but we know that technology is and always has been a bringer of change. The aim of our ICT programme is to allow pupils to learn to be competent and responsible in the use of current technology to create meaningful products for themselves, building the disposition necessary for the future.

 

Department Goal

To groom each pupil in GYPS to be a competent and responsible user of ICT

 

Approach

The ICT Department adopts a holistic approach to the learning of appropriate skills and values towards ICT usage.  Our programmes seek to enable pupils to become competent and responsible users of ICT.

The ICT Department is guided by its ICT Framework where the core values of the school are emphasized in the learning of ICT skills and cyberwellness lessons.  The learning of ICT skills is underpinned by the development of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and 21st Century Competencies.

The school seeks to expose pupils in the use of ICT in the various subject domains with the end goals of grooming users who are:
– IT-savvy and competent
– Safe and responsible
– Respectful of self and others

 

 Programmes

From Primary 1 to 4 – Students learn skills that are directly related to their other learning in school.

Lower Primary Skills covered Relevance/Assessment
Primary 1 • Introduction to PC log in and changing of password
• Introduction to Learning Management System (LMS) – MC Online
• TouchTyping skills – positioning of fingers
• Introduction to Microsoft Word – create document, insert and manipulate pictures, type and save a document. Produce a Word document.
• Lab etiquette and cyber wellness
Use Touch Typing skills and Microsoft skills to create a write-up on themselves.
Primary 2 • PC log in and changing of password
• Refresher of TouchTyping skills – positioning of fingers
• Refresher of MC Online
• Introduction to internet searching, using Google Search (incl. image search), navigate school website
• Introduction of Microsoft Powerpoint – create a file, insert and manipulate shapes, save the file.
Produce a Powerpoint presentation.
• Lab etiquette and cyber wellness
Use Microsoft Powerpoint to create a presentation on what they have learnt in Maths.
Primary 3 • PC log in and changing of password
• Refresher of TouchTyping skills
• Refresher of LMS system (MC Online)
• Refresher of internet searching, using Google Search (incl. image search)
• Microsoft Powerpoint – create a file, insert and manipulate pictures, insert audio, slide layout, animation, links, etc.)
• Introduction to applications such as Nearpod, Linoit, Quizlet and Kahoot
• Use of Adobe Spark to create graphics
• Lab etiquette and cyber wellness
Using Microsoft Powerpoint as a presentation tool in Social Studies

Application of skills in project work.

 

 

Lower Primary ICT Lessons: Basic Computer Skills and Touch Typing

From as early as Primary One, pupils are introduced to the basics of using the computer and typing skills. Here, they learn to sit in the correct typing posture, to type with two hands and how to access the typing program on their own.

With an interactive typing programme, pupils learn to type in an enjoyable way. Teachers also encourage pupils to guide one another.

 

Upper Primary Skills covered Relevance/Assessment
Primary 4 • PC log in and changing of password
• Refresher on Microsoft Powerpoint
• Microsoft Excel – create a worksheet, create a graph from data, creation of simple formulas
• Use of newsmaker to create a simple video
• Use of Adobe Spark to create graphics
• Lab etiquette and cyber wellness
Using Microsoft Excel in Science and Mathematics to tabulate and present data

Apply ICT skills in Project Work

Primary 5 • Research skills through usage of Internet search engine
• Photo manipulation and arrangement using Photoshop software
Create a digital image collage on an Artist’s life
Primary 6 • Capture images of building scapes portraiture using photography
• Photo manipulation and arrangement using Photoshop software
Create a digital surrealist self portrait

 

Upper Primary ICT Lessons: PowerPoint Presentation, Photography and Animation

After pupils are introduced to the basics of handling a camera, they also learn to take photographs with more advanced techniques, capturing shots from different angles and focusing on various subjects. Given a task, pupils work in teams to capture different shots of various subject matters.

Digital Art Classes

Technology has evolved in the learning of Art.  During digital Art lessons, Upper Primary pupils learn how to create a stop motion animation. Skills like video-editing, photography and inserting audio file are taught. The pupils enjoy using digital Art to express their thoughts, feelings and creativity.

P6 Video Editing

Pupils learn to act, film and edit their own videos in this module.

 

 

Cyber Wellness

GYPS Cyberwellness website: https://sites.google.com/moe.edu.sg/gypscyberwellnesssite/home

The Cyber Wellness (CW) programme in GYPS aims to raise awareness and equip pupils with sound values and life-long social-emotional competencies so that they can become safe, responsible and respectful users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The Cyber Wellness (CW) curriculum centers on two foundational principles (from the Cyber Wellness Framework), three big ideas and four themes. The three big ideas of Identity, Relationships and Choices are in line with the big ideas of Character and Citizenship Education (CCE).

The main platforms for the delivery of CW lessons are via the weekly Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP). Key Cyber Wellness topics are also incorporated into the formal curriculum through subjects such as English and Mother Tongue Languages where appropriate.

The school aims to reach out to GYPS school community and parents as well as to equip GYPS Cyber Wellness Ambassadors (CWA) to identify potential hazards in the cyberspace faced by their peers and provide solutions to address these concerns.

In GYPS, our Cyber Wellness programmes aim to educate our pupils to be safe and responsible online users. Termly assembly talks are conducted by external vendors or our Cyber Wellness Ambassadors on various key topics such as cyber bullying and netiquette. To reflect and consolidate their learning, pupils attend one hour classroom lesson during FTGP period. FTGP Cyber Wellness lesson plans are tailored and to suit the needs of each level.

 

 

 

Cyber Wellness Week 2019

Cyber Wellness Week 2019 was held in Term 2 Week 6 with a whole myriad of activities, spanning across pre-assembly, curriculum time as well as recess activities. During pre-assembly in the morning, our Principal presented the Cyber Wellness collar pins to our GYPS Cyber Wellness Ambassadors (CWAs). The collar pin signifies the importance of CWAs in Cyber Wellness Education and their roles in promoting a culture of positive peer influence. After which, the CWAs led the school in reciting the CW pledge to be safe and responsible Internet Users.

They also put up a dance for the Cyber Wellness song, titled ‘Who Do You Share Your Details With?’. The lyrics of the song served as a reminder to the pupils on the safe use of the Internet.

A story telling session was conducted by our English Senior Teacher(ST), Mdm Lazar and 2 CWAs from the Primary 5 level. The story titled ‘TEK’ is based on a story of a cave boy who was addicted to gaming which led to severe consequences.

During assembly, our CWAs conducted the assembly talks on the topics of ‘Healthy Gaming’, ‘Fake News’ and ‘Cyberbullying’ and were catered to lower, middle and upper primary levels respectively.

A series of Cyber Wellness related activities were carried out during both Lower Primary and Upper Primary Recess. CW activities include Wheel of CyberSafe, Cyber Wellness Photobooth, GYPS CW games website and tablet app games.

Pupils can access the CW games website here: https://sites.google.com/moe.edu.sg/gypscyberwellnesssite/home

Each pupil was given a chance to spin the wheel to answer questions related to Cyber Wellness in the topics related to cyberbullying, safeguarding private information and gaming addiction.

Pupils participated actively in the tablet app games which served to provide useful cyber wellness tips.

Upon completion of the various CW activities, pupils get to keep their very own CW bookmark and redeem attractive prizes at the redemption booth.

A Cyber Wellness Photobooth was designed by our very own CWAs. They also designed props that include key cyber wellness messages.

Introducing our GYPS Cyberbot 2019.

In Term 1 Cyber Wellness FTGP period, all Primary 2 to 6 pupils participated in the ‘GYPS Cyberbot Challenge’. The top cyberbot entries were selected and a prize presentation was presented during Cyber Wellness Week. In addition, pupils came up with creative and meaningful Cyber Wellness taglines and this year, we had selected ‘Cyber Wellness keeps you WELL’ as our GYPS CW Tagline!

During CW Week, all Primary 5 and 6 pupils also took part in the ‘Cyber Comic Challenge’ on the topic of ‘Cyberbully’ and a school-wide voting was carried out during recess and pupils voted for their favourite comic entry.

Finally, a big thank you to our P6 graduating CWAs who had worked hard and served the school for the past few years in promoting cyber wellness awareness.

Remember, Cyber Wellness Keeps you WELL!

ICT Training for ICT Monitors

The ICT Department provides ICT training for ICT Monitors once per semester as part of the leadership training programme. Two pupils per class are identified to be ICT Monitors. During the training, they learn about the good qualities of an ICT Monitor and how they can assist the teacher to set up ICT equipment in the classroom. They also learn how to do simple trouble shooting skills. Through the training, they develop confidence in managing ICT-related tasks and are able to mentor their classmates.
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Media Resource Library

Dr Seuss says “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” It has also been said that reading opens one’s mind to endless possibilities. However, the love for reading is one that only few children are engaged in at a very young age.

In view of this, the GYPS library constantly strives to create a positive and conducive learning environment for all pupils to develop their love for reading. The library carefully procures and stocks quality books annually and displays them at a prominent place in the library for easy access to pupils. Older books are replaced with newer ones. To further fuel the pupils’ passion for reading, iREAD books are conveniently placed in every classroom and rotated among the classes for pupils to read in class during their pockets of free time.

To allow pupils more time to borrow books, pupils are also immersed into the world of books  during visits to the library during their weekly library period. Teachers also harness this period to teach and advise pupils on how to select level-appropriate books.

Weekly storytelling sessions are conducted for Lower Primary pupils during recess by a dedicated team of parent volunteers. The library also hosts an annual Library Week that aims to bring interesting programmes such as storytelling, sharing of books to GYPS pupils to inculcate their love of reading. This year, the theme for Library Week was ‘Be inspired to read and to love reading’. Several teachers and pupils took turns to engage pupils by sharing their favourite story books during pre-assembly and recess. Parent volunteers also read to pupils “outdoors”, much to the delight of both our lower and upper primary pupils.

To encourage more pupils to read, Top Readers Awards are given to pupils. The Top readers from each class will be awarded with collar pins and the Top Readers of the level were given a book prize. The book reviews written by the Top Readers were displayed in the library.

This year, the school opened up a new reading corner known as “GYPS Cozy Corner” and a thematic room known as “GYPS Escape Room”. The thematic room will host books according to themes which will change from time to time. Quizzes and other library activities will also be conducted from time to time in line with the theme of the room. The school has also continued on with the successful sticker-rewards system entitled ‘GYPS Reads Daily.” This sticker program rewards pupils who are reading consistently and diligently immersed in the reading process.

In the year ahead, GYPS staff will continue to collaborate with our parent volunteers to model reading as well as foster a positive reading culture among GYPS pupils.

 

GYPS READS

5th – 8th February 2018
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Library week was held in term 1 week 6. It unveiled a slew of interesting and engaging activities for pupils. The programme is entitled “GYPS READS 2018” and the objective of this programme was to immerse all GYPS staff, pupils and parents to read together for pleasure.
Pre-assembly reading sessions

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Our Vice-Principal, Heads of Department (HODs) and the library committee engaged our pupils in literature, reading to them books as well as sharing inspirational anecdotes from their past childhood experiences on how they started reading. These stories touched the hearts of both teachers and pupils alike. Pupils were also exposed to an online platform entitled “Starfall” where audio books are readily available for their reading pleasure.
“Guest-star” Lower and Upper Primary recess reading
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Teachers volunteered to also share their favourite storybooks which inspired them during their younger days. These stories vary in genre and range from Classics to graphic novels or self-help books. This allowed pupils to be exposed to different literature and to broaden their general knowledge.
Book fair
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A wide range of books were readily available for pupils and parents to purchase.
New initiatives – GYPS Reads Daily stickers

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A new sticker initiative entitled “GYPS READS Daily” was launched to foster a positive reading culture and to develop a love for reading. Based on pre-determined guidelines of school core values of Diligence and Honesty, pupils can obtain these stickers from any teacher in the school.
Parent volunteers reading session
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Parent volunteers in action, reading to pupils during the Lower primary recess on Day 4 of GYPS Reads 2018.
Rules and Reminders
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The library committee shared library etiquette and rules/regulations of the library with pupils. They were also reminded to take care of books and to show their loyalty to the school by returning their borrowed books promptly.