Mission / Objectives of Department
- Students as Innovative and Discerning users of IT.
- To provide the infrastructure support and learning resources that will enable effective teaching and learning.
- To integrate IT in the instructional programme in order to facilitate the development of 21st century competencies and to empower students in becoming effective life-long learners.
- To lead in creating a SMART school.
- To lead and foster a learning community among teachers in the teaching and learning with technology.
Programmes and Activities
The ICT Department takes charge of the ICT development roadmap of Dunman Secondary school in terms of IT infrastructure, students and staff training. We look into the technological, pedagogical and social affordances of ICT tools for teaching and learning. In addition, the ICT Department is also responsible for the Media Resource Center (MRC), Media Resource Library (MRL), the Computer Applications (CPA) teaching programme and the Infocomm Club co-curriculum.
Sec 1 Media Literacy Programme (MLP)
The objective of the Media Literacy Programme (MLP) is to introduce and equip our students with the necessary media literacy skills so as to prepare them for a future where social and work literacy and competencies are increasingly being re-configured in web-based and media-centric environments.
Media literacy refers to “the ability to access, analyse, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms”. This definition affirms the need for a media-literate person to both understand (critique/analyse) and produce (create) media. Hence, the media literacy programme will aim to nurture media-literate students who can critically evaluate and create media on their own. The design of the MLP, including curriculum is guided by the following key principles.
- All media messages are ‘constructed’
- Each media has its unique creative language with its own rules
- All messages are culturally mediated
- Media have embedded values and both overt and covert ideologies
- Media messages have intent as well as implications
The MLP will focus on the essential media literacy, as well as skills to handle cyber wellness issues. Basic media literacy include the ability to access, analyse, evaluate and create print as well as non-print media in a variety of forms, such as interpreting sources in newspapers, websites, creating a blog or webpage, posting original artwork, photography, stories and videos online, or remixing online content to create new products.
Sec 2 Code for Fun
All Sec 2 students will undergo a 4 hours workshop where they learn to create animations through visual programming software.
Code for Fun is our platform to increase students' exposure to coding and computational thinking.
Sec 2 ICT-Driven Project Work - Apps Making, 3D Printing and Micro:bit Programming
All Sec 2 students will have an IT training component in their Project Work (PW) where they learn to create Apple Apps through coding software, to create 3D printed artefact through 3D modelling software, or to create programs using micro:bit as solutions for science-related projects.
ICT-Driven project work develops pupils' learning in two ways, Self-Directed Learning (SDL) and Collaborative Learning (CoL). Knowledge application and communication skills are essential for such learning to take place.
SDL is one critical process as pupils need to research on information that will be used as contents in their apps. SDL allows students to make meanings and to construct their own understanding of a concept or real-life situation.
CoL, on the other hand, requires students to be an active and effective co-worker in a group. Pupils, in groups, synthesize their new found knowledge and to create their understanding of the subject collaboratively. CoL calls for good and effective communication amongst its team members.
Sec 3 Productivity Tools
All Sec 3 students will undergo a 2 hours training workshop in the use of word processing, spreadhseet and presentation software.
Sec 1 Mac Experience Workshop
All Sec 1 students will undergo a 2 hours introductory workshop in the use of Macintosh computers and its suite of productive and creative applications.