“Technology offers students an avenue to succeed as citizens in a global society in which information technology is growing at an incredible rate. Technology can improve communication, enhance thinking skills, make instruction more efficient and effective, and develop life skills critical to success.”
A.B. Paterson College looks at tomorrow’s technology today and infuses this within the Technology curriculum, together with 21st century skills’ learning. The aim is to impart the skills that students can use to launch themselves into further study in the area of IT, or to equip them as responsible digital citizens with skills that will enhance whatever career choice they make. Technology brings the tools of empowerment into the hands and minds of those who use them.
In just under a year, England will become the first country in the world to mandate computer programming in primary and secondary schools.
The Daily Telegraph Nov 2013
In the Junior School, students are offered a variety of technology related subjects to develop their IT skills, as well as theoretical skills. By Years 4-6, they are learning to program the NXT Lego Mindstorm Robots to follow a route, moving towards developing complex programs that take into account sensors, loops and ‘if’ statements.
Students utilise the program Scratch to develop their animation sequences, as well as coding an interactive game. These are some of the highlights for the students in Years 4 - 6.
At A.B. Paterson College, students spend a term in the Senior School workshop developing their skills and knowledge of working with a variety of materials from wood, to plastics, to simple electronics.
The courses offered are not only engaging, but embrace the components of a 21st century learner:
- Planning, critical thinking and reasoning
- Personal and social responsibility
- Strong communication skills
- Cultural understanding
- Visualising and decision-making
- Knowing how and when to use technology
- Choosing the most appropriate tool for the task
At A.B. Paterson College, students seize tomorrow today!