IT (Information Technology) in Greenhills
The use of ICT is integrated across the curriculum in Greenhills. Teachers in many subjects bring their students to one of our three computer rooms when available. Computers are taught in second year as below and in transition year where the ECDL is undertaken.
IT in Second Year
In second year, in Activities, students have one class a week of computers for the full year. During this class they may learn how to use a range of different applications including Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc., albeit at a more basic level than in Transition year. They may also learn typing skills, basic graphic design, computer programming, web design or skills in other areas depending on the interests of the students and their teachers.
The following file is available for download. It contains a basic introduction to computer programming in Java, in particular how to set up a PC to allow you to program and basic instructions for writing, compiling and running your first program. The instructions however should be followed with caution as it is possible to make mistakes and change the path to other programs on your computer. Restarting should cure any problem caused by changing the path incorrectly. Students interested in programming should Google Java programming basics, Hello World, MSDOS and other key phrases as there is a wealth of information on programming on the internet.
JavaProgrammingBasics.doc - a Word document with basic instructions on how to set up your PC for programming, and how to write your first program.
JavaProgrammingBasics.pdf - The same file, perhaps updated less often, for those who cannot open Word files.
Other useful resources related to programming can be found on Google`s Call to Code website where under Resources you can learn Scratch, Blockly and Jave programming, to name but a few. In the Spring of 2014 a number of students from various years competed in the competition run on this site.
[Mr. J. Loughran, May 2014]
On Thursday 8th May members of Our Lady's IT group attended Monaghan Education Centre to partake in a workshop on IT in schools called Switch On. Pictured above (soon) with Minister Pat Rabbitte are Ms Yvonne Fagan and Mr C Conway.
Switch on is a Government initiative under the National Digital Strategy and is undertaken in partnership between the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, the department of Education and Skills, and PDST Technology in Education.
The workshop focused on effective use of digital technology and online resources in schools and it aimed at assisting the school to review its vision and planning for how ICT can be used within the whole school environment. This is to enhance teaching and learning in Greenhills.
Our Lady's has been a part of the roll out of 100 Mbit/sec broadband. This is the next phase in bringing the school in line with best practice in schools. The meeting explored how technologies such as cloud computing, wireless networks, mobile learning devices and other technologies have the potential to positively impact on teaching and learning in the school.
A big event in IT in Greenhills was our participation in SIP (the Schools Integration Project) from around 1998 to 2000. This was an initiative overseen by NCTE (National Centre for Technology in Education) in which 70 schools from the primary and postprimary sectors of Irish education were selected by open competition to produce IT packages that could be replicated for use by other schools. The package produced was to involve students and teachers working together and the work and end product was to be an example of best practice in the IT area.
In our Greenhills project we aimed to produce a a CD-ROM for use in the teaching/study of First Year Science. The purpose of the CD is to awaken a greater interest in science among girls so that more girls will consider keeping on science as a subject for Junior Cert and for Leaving Cert and will consider career options in the science area. With our achievements in the Aer Lingus and Esat Young Scientists' competition over many years and our committment to furthering the sciences in Greehills and having been involved in the pilot scheme for the gender-related Girls into Technology initiative we felt that this topic was a natural choice for us.
Our SIP co-ordinator was Mrs. Geraldine Mulvihill and under her guidance a Steering Committee and a Co-ordinating Committee were set up and project proposals have been submitted by science teachers. We were conscious of the huge demands that participation in SIP would make on many people in the school over the year and also of the need for expert help from outside the school. We were fortunate to have offers of such expert help.
In the end the project was completed within the year. It involved many hours concentrated effort in the computer room. First, all the teachers and students had to be trained up in the use of Hyperstudio, a multimedia authoring package, in an after school course delivered by Mr. Loughran. Following this, many students and teachers gave up their free time to design and write the package which was sent eventually to the Department of Education. The school was rewarded by the department by a top of the range computer, scanner and printer which are still in the computer room.
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Internet Use in Our Lady¡¦s College
The AUP is a form which is filled out by students as they enter the school. A pdf version is available for download and printing from the Board page. Its contents are as below.
Internet Terms and Conditions:
1. Students are responsible for their own behaviour on school computers. General school rules for behaviour in keeping with Our Lady¡¦s College Code of Behaviour apply.
2. The internet is provided for students to conduct research. Access to the internet is granted to students who agree to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. Access is a privilege. Inappropriate use or behaviour on the part of an individual will result in cancellation of Internet privileges for the remainder of the year.
Inappropriate use or behaviour consists of:
- Intentionally damaging computers
- Attempting to download or print material from the internet without the teacher¡¦s permission
- Consistently not attending to the teacher¡¦s instructions
- Attempting to access inappropriate sites
- Attempting to access e-mail, social network sites or chat room accounts other than those associated with school based assignments
(Please detach and return the bottom portion)
I have read the AUP for Internet Use in Our Lady¡¦s College, Greenhills. I agree to follow the rules contained in this document. I understand that if I violate any of these rules I will lose my Internet privileges for the remainder of the school year and I may face other disciplinary measures.
Student`s Name (please print):______________________________ Class: _________________
Student`s signature: ______________________________________ Date: _________________
As the parent/legal guardian of the student signing above, I have read the AUP and grant permission for my daughter to access the internet. I also understand that Our Lady¡¦s College, Greenhills cannot be held responsible for sites that are deemed as inappropriate but the Staff of Our Lady¡¦s College has taken every precaution within its power to provide for online safety. I understand that my daughter will be held responsible for violations.
Parent`s/Guardian`s Name (please print): ____________________________________________
Parent`s/Guardian`s Signature: _______________________________ Date: ________________
Logins on the Student Network
On Windows 7 computers, on the student (olc) network, students or teachers should log in as follows:
Username: olc\username, where username is normally firstnamesurname with no punctuation or special characters e.g. "olc\aineoreilly".
Password: pres. Passwords are normally reset to 'pres' at the start of each year, and students must reset this password on first use.
If a student has forgotten their password temporary login is available as explained on a notice on the door of each computer room. Their work will be saved in a general student folder and will not be private.
A list of usernames is available in a folder on the teacher`s desk in each computer room.
On the student network (olc\) students should save their work to the H: drive, not to the Documents folder. Saving to the Documents folder saves it to that machine only and their work will not be available if a student logs on to a different machine.
To save to the H: drive:
Open "My Computer" and click on the Folders icon near the top.
Underneath the Computers folder, as a subfolder of it (you may have to click on the + symbol) find the drive marked H as:
where username is the student`s name e.g.
Within the H: drive students can make a Documents folder etc. as they wish.
[J. Loughran, Sept. 2012]