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The mission of ICT department is to harness modern information technology for teachers to teach effectively and pupils to learn independently and creatively so as to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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Other than provision of the normal ICT support to the school, the department is also supporting the TLLM initiative (Teach Less Learn More) in enhancing the pupils’ academic achievements. Our school is also part of the LEAD ICT@ SCHOOLS scheme where we take the lead in integrating the usage of the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB), wireless network and tablet PCs through the setting up of a Smart Room (Tropical Paradise). Through the ICT Activists from the various departments, better teaching and learning is achieved for all pupils.

The department also conducts ICT courses and provides training both externally and internally for staff and students as well as provides technical skill training for class ICT representatives.

The school forms an ICT-pedagogy committee which sets ICT policies, explores and promotes pervasive use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

As part of professional sharing and development, five teachers from the ICT department shared at the National ICT sharing session on the use of ICT for learning and teaching. The theme for the sharing is “Breaking new grounds in learning through ICT to facilitate self directed and collaborative learning.” Our teachers shared effective methods on how technology can be leveraged upon to bring about enhanced learning in classrooms. Feedback from the teacher participants from other schools revealed that they have benefited tremendously from the ideas shared.

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The following facilities are available for online booking:

1. Computer Laboratories

There are three full computer laboratories and three IT-resource rooms available for use.
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 Spring Rhapsody Summer Concerto Autumn Symphony
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 Tropical Paradise (Smart Room 1) Ocean Retreat (Smart Room 2)


2. Creativity Room

This is where the staff leadership time, workshops and enrichment programmes are held.
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 Creativity Room
  

3. AV Theatrette

It is used for seminars, talks, cluster events and school mass lectures.
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AV Theatrette
  

4. Collaborative Learning Hub

In a bid to encourage collaborative learning to take place, we have set up a Collaborative Learning Hub in the school premises in January 2011. Students can work and collaborate in respective groups through the use of large LCD TV screens.
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Lead ICT @ School

Anglican High School was selected as one of the potential schools in the “LEAD ICT @ Schools” Scheme in 2006. This is a 3-year project (2006 - 2008) which allows the participating schools to have a flexibility to pioneer and explore the best practices pertaining to ICT-based pedagogies. The creation of the “SMART Classroom” in Anglican High School is to play a supporting role to produce a conducive and fun environment for teaching and learning. This is also in line with MOE’s initiative of “Teach Less Learn More” where the school discovers revolutionary ways and creative means to better engage pupils in learning.

The Anglican High SMART classroom is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard, a wireless LCD projector, 20 sets of Tablets PCs, classroom management system and wireless internet access for independent / group learning. The participating level is the Secondary One cohort. The ICT activist teachers of Aesthetics, Chinese, English, Humanities, Mathematics and Science subject teachers take their Secondary one classes to SMART classroom for lessons with pedagogical designs.

This project leverages on the attraction of teenagers to technology. Pupils nowadays are no longer passive learners and will definitely learn better when they participate actively in the lesson. The Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) which is effective in creating an interactive and dynamic learning environment and the Tablet PCs, with the inking technology can be used to make lessons more fun and interesting. Coupled with cooperative / collaborative learning approaches, pupils are grouped in Learning Islands to perform task-based activities through collaboration. Whenever there are brainstorming sessions, web-quests or even group presentations, the pupils can record their findings or discussions on Tablet PCs instead of OHTs or mahjong papers. Pupils’ presentations using the Tablet PCs can be projected on the screen for sharing / comments via the wireless LCD projector.

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A student making annotations on an interactive Whiteboard.
 Learning in SMART classroom
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 Pupils work in pairs, recording their discussions on a Tablet PC.

To date, feedback received from LEAD ICT activists and the pupils on SMART classroom have been very positive and encouraging. This group of LEAD ICT activists has formed “Learning Circle” to critique their SMART lessons and experiences based on their use of SMART classroom. SMART Lessons can then be refined and subsequently be shared within departments, across departments and even at cluster levels. This ensures that the knowledge and the pedagogies with the use of technology will be cascaded to the teaching community.