At Craigclowan, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is used as an integral part of many lessons across the curriculum. In addition, pupils have regular sessions in the ICT room from Pre-school age until they leave at the end of Form 8.
Forms 1 - 5 also have access to a class set of Google Chromebooks which are used for a variety of tasks in the classroom.
In Form 6 pupils receive their own Chromebook which they keep until they leave Craigclowan School. The Chromebook comes with the Google Education Suite. Teachers and pupils use this software in all classes for a variety of purposes. There are online Google Classrooms for each subject where homework can be set, handouts and revision notes can be uploaded and class notices can be posted.
By Form 3 pupils are familiar with both the Chromebook and the school system. They can log in, open and save work with ease. In Form 4 they begin using MS Excel to create simple charts and graphs, they learn specific word processing and desk top publishing skills, and learn how to create simple graphics. In Form 5 pupils use the internet to undertake specific research and develop their desk top publishing skills further to produce fact sheets. They develop their spreadsheet skills by learning simple formulae and setting up spreadsheet models. In Form 6 pupils develop their DTP and presentation skills further. They also become accustomed to using the Google Classroom and to working collaboratively on documents. In Form 7 pupils develop their spreadsheet skills further by creating more sophisticated models and using the model to make predictions. In Form 8 pupils use their ICT skills to produce their CE Geography project which combines spreadsheets, desktop publishing and word processing skills. They also work on an entrepreneurial project, designing websites, marketing materials and packaging designs.