|Following strategic planning sessions during
1995 and a fact finding mission to the World Conference on Computers in Education in the
United Kingdom, on the role of Computers in Education, the executive of St. Peter's
Preparatory School joined forces with Knowledge Network to achieve their objective of
radically expanding the use of technology in the School.
The move represents a departure from an individual running the computer centre to
a corporate responsibility.
The decisions taken were:
- to train all staff to be competent in the use of the
packages available on the school computers to be used by the pupils
- to further train those who so wished to an advanced level
in both applications software and technical aspects of the network available in the
- to allow the pupils to grow in the area of the use of
computers in their academic work through educationally related software and activities
- to expose the pupils and the staff to the exciting,
educational world of the Internet and e-mail
- to enable both the pupils and the staff to engage actively
in the information technology revolution to the benefit of all, and to become the testing
ground for new educational software coming on the market.
In what is widely believed to be a first amongst
preparatory schools, all the staff of St. Peter's Preparatory School have undergone an
intensive 48-hour, hands-on training programme run by K-Net.
The course was designed for St. Peter's by Knowledge
Network and included training on MS Office products.
Knowledge Network's innovative integrated training and
mentoring methodology (ILAMM) has allowed the staff to become aware of the possibilities
offered by the flexibility of the programs and how they can be applied to their daily
The process will continue with more advanced training for
the staff, followed by courses on hardware and network maintenance.