beyond integration of technology in the
computer learning centre at Pridwin Preparatory School
is opened for new global learning system
changed the way we live, the way we work, the way
we learn and the way we teach. Thus the need for
us to constantly change and grow with technology
has become a way of life.
Principal of the
School, Mr Simon Weaver says, "It is for this
reason that Pridwin School joined the Knowledge
Network Partner Schools Programme at the beginning
of September 1999."
programme provides a progressive IT Curriculum
from Grade 0 to Grade VII, as well as the training
of teachers to present the curriculum.
The response from
the boys has been most encouraging, with many of
them going home each week to repeat the lesson.
Lateral thinking and creativity on the computer is
encouraged and the coping skills that the boys
have learnt in a short space of time have been
exciting. It was very pleasing that the Grade VII
boys qualified for a Knowledge Network Certificate
at the end of last year," says Weaver.
Network curriculum was successfully presented in
the Library Computer Centre during the last term
of 1999. The only problem was that the classes had
to be split, as there are only fourteen computers
in this Centre.
It was then decided
that a Computer Centre was needed which would be
able to accommodate a full class of pupils. Plans
to set up a new Centre were put into motion
immediately and negotiation took place between the
school and the assigned computer technician, Mr
Various options of
hardware were discussed, plans were made to have
electricity, desks, carpeting, blinds and
air-conditioning installed, and a number of floor
plan options were presented. After much
deliberation, the go ahead from the Board of
Governors was finally received towards the end of
November. As soon as the school closed for the
December holidays, the quiet Pridwin surroundings
became a noisy hive of activity as the contractors
arrived to complete their various tasks.
Once the carpeting,
electronics and air-conditioning were installed,
Mr Finlayson was able to move in with his team to
install the channelling and networking cables. The
excitement was almost tangible when the new
computers arrived and, after many hours of hard
work, often late into the night, the new Centre
for the Knowledge Network Curriculum was born.
The new Centre was
officially opened on Wednesday 26 January,
following which invited guests were given the
opportunity to see what the Centre, complete with
its 28 computers, has to offer. Fun was had by all
who tried out the various software programs.
Since the beginning
of the term, the pupils have thoroughly enjoyed
working in their new computer environment.
Technology has been successfully integrated into
the classroom, merging with lessons such as
Integrated Studies, where pupils have accessed
information electronically, created bookmarks and
brochures, and created their own Powerpoint
This is a new and
dynamic kind of education; something which has
never before been undertaken at the school. The
new Centre signals a new era of education, where
technology combines with other areas of learning
School are proud of their Computer Centre, and Knowledge
Network, their partner in technology and education, are
in turn proud to be a part of it!