Centre of Excellence (Information and Communication Technology)
Maris Stella High School (MSHS) has been a North Zone Centre of Excellence (COE) for ICT since 2005. In 2006, we were accorded the LEAD ICT status. As a LEAD ICT school, we have been working on a Media Development Centre project to foster the development of video and audio resources for teaching and learning across all subjects.
The mission of our COE ICT is to be the catalyst for greater integration of technology into classroom teaching and school administration to foster innovation at the work place and to enhance the learning experience of our students in achieving ICT mp3 goals and C2015 outcomes.
1 to 1 Learning Programme
Our 1 to 1 Learning Programme is an ICT-enabled learning environment that promotes student engagement in learning, thus achieving a higher quality of academic excellence. The 1 to 1 Learning Programme aims to:
- Leverage on a one student, one personalised learning device to provide students with maximum learning opportunities
- Improve on the quality of teaching and learning through an ICT-enabled and collaborative learning environment
- Enhance learning through collaboration with knowledge-building communities
- Customise learning content and modes of assessment to support students’ preferred learning styles
- Provide pupils with on-line media-rich resources
The school uses the Macintosh platform which is renowned in the industry for the creative arts and video production. It is widely used in higher educational institutions in the United States and Australia. The Apple platform works seamlessly with the lesson packages and online resources that the school has developed. Disruption to teaching and learning due to computer breakdown and virus attacks is minimal. A management system has been developed to monitor students’ use of computers.
Every student owns a MacBook which is configured to meet the school’s requirement for teaching and learning. He is able to take advantage of Apple applications and the processing capability of the platform to create rich digital media and resources. Our school is in partnership with Apple Inc (Singapore) for the 1 to 1 Learning Programme. The MacBook contains the latest learning software for 1 to 1 Learning Programme and will be configured in accordance to the requirements of the school’s network. The package includes a 4 year-warranty, configuration services and loaner sets when the Macbook is under repair at the service centre in Maris Stella High School.
The MacBook is also a student’s personalised learning device for self-directed learning and collaborative learning. For example, he may source for information from the Internet and access online lessons created by the teachers. He will also use digital authoring tools to create PodCasts and videos (e.g. digital story telling in Languages), for concept-mapping (in Science, Home Economics and Design and Technology), for writing journals (in Languages & Mathematics) and in discussion forums (Humanities). He will explore new ways of creating, publishing and communicating with others, while developing critical skills that will help him in his future education and employment.
We have designed and implemented the Personal Learning Device (PLD) Care Programme to promote the safe and proper use of the Macbook in school and also outside of school. The Secondary One Year Head and the Form-Teachers collaborate with the Pupil Development, Pupil Management, the ICT Department and the ICT in Education Committee to ensure pupils learn the right values in the responsible use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Lockers are put in place in every classroom for the safe storage of the MacBooks. Power distribution systems are also installed in the classrooms for immediate access to power and electricity.
ICT for Teaching and Learning
For the past decade, Maris Stella High School has built a strong culture in the use of ICT for learning and teaching. In line with the school’s disposition of embracing innovative approaches to enhance students’ learning, we embarked on the 1 to 1 Learning Programme in 2007 to provide more learning opportunities in a technology-rich learning environment for our pupils.
For students who are in need for financial assistance, financial assistance plans are available.
Many students choose to attend Maris Stella High School as they have a keen interest in ICT and believe in the advantages of using ICT in learning. In school, students are actively involved in using ICT, both in and out of the classroom. To enable them to assimilate into the 1 to 1 Classroom easily, all students undergo extra ICT courses to build up their technological skills. A good percentage of students also join infocomm-related clubs in the school as their CCA. At the end of their four years in Maris Stella, the culture of using ICT meaningfully for learning prepares our students to face future challenges.
Lower Secondary students will learn the following over 30 weeks of weekly ICT lessons conducted during curriculum time:
- Basic OS X and Macbook Operation skills
- Google Sites
- Google Docs
- Google Presentation
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Powerpoint
- Podcasting using Garageband
- iBooks Author
- Video Production (scripting, framing, storyboarding, shooting, and editing using iMovie)
- Photo editing using GIMP
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word (Intermediate)
- Microsoft Powerpoint (Intermediate)
- iBooks Author
- Web Development (HTML 5)
- Web Development (CSS 3 and DIV)
Upper Secondary students can take up Computer Studies (Syllabus 7017) as a GCE O-level subject. The purpose for offering this subject is so that students could gain knowledge of the nature of information processing and the broad range of its applications, together with a general understanding of how an information-processing system is designed to suit a particular application and how such a system works. This subject concentrates on the principles of information processing so that, although students will study contemporary hardware, software and applications as examples, they would be well equipped to appreciate future developments in the technology and its applications. Computing is an applied subject and, to reinforce the practical aspects, all students are expected to do practical work.
More than 10% of our students join one of the three infocomm-related clubs in the school. They are the Marist Information Technology Society (MITS), Digital Music and Art (DMA), and the Artificial Intelligence Club. All members undergo specialised training, such as:
- Xcode programming for iOS devices
- Video production
- Robotic (e.g. Micro-mouse) programming
Each year, students participate in various competitions and win numerous awards for the school.