ST. MARY’S SECONDARY SCHOOL, MALLOW
Revised Sept, 2011
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow aims to educate staff and students to use ICT effectively to support and develop their lifelong learning.
To use ICT as an effective and efficient teaching, learning, communication and management tool throughout the school.
The school’s policy is to use and develop the opportunities provided by ICT to benefit the entire school community. This includes communicating with parents.
The school website (www.stmarysmallow.com) gives relevant information for individuals, parents/guardians on parents association, BOM and other school committees.
IT Curriculum issues
Teaching staff continue to review all teaching and learning in line with current ICT good practice.
A whole-school network supports curriculum delivery for all subject areas in providing networked resource materials, teacher-researched Internet links for student use and material for staff curriculum related professional development.
The network is maintained and developed by the IT Technician.
Students are facilitated with supervised use of ICT. Several departments also ensure that pupils have access to ICT in their subject area via
a booking system of Computer Room and Language Room. It is important that ICT is used effectively to support access to the curriculum for
all students.Identified students may have access to additional resources such as laptops with specific software to support curriculum access.
All members of staff are offered training to improve their ICT capability and have a responsibility to keep abreast of developments in ICT.
The IT Technician can be contacted to request additional support and training in the use of ICT.
There is continuous attention to improving the quality of staff computers throughout the school subject to budgetary control.
Staff and students have access to reliable and industry-standard hardware and software in order to use ICT effectively as a teaching and learning resource. It is also used as a working tool for management and administration.
Every classroom has at least one PC and Overhead projector for staff use.
All staff and student users have access through the school’s network to their personal data areas and shared data.
All applications are held locally except for Internet.
Computers for staff/student use
Teaching of core ICT and ICT within subjects is mainly in the Computer Room and Language Room. "Free" slots are can then be booked in any of the rooms by any member of staff when needed.
A policy of integrating ICT into teaching and learning across the curriculum has been reflected in the provision of a PC and digital projector in all classrooms and also by providing teachers with ICT access outside the main ICT rooms and classrooms. Teachers have also been provided secure network access for personal laptops and use the same Anti-virus software as school provided equipment. This access is maintained by the IT Technician.
Security and backups
In order to maintain a smooth running network, disc space available for individual users to save data is limited using network management software. This fosters good file management and facilitates a nightly backup of user data, meaning that it can be recovered if accidentally deleted. The media used to backup is rotated on a weekly basis.
More space can be granted for specific projects and courses (subject to availability).
Computers in Language Room and Computer Room can be monitored by either teachers within the classroom or remotely by the IT Technician.
To maintain network security, the wireless access points that are in use around the school use either WEP or WPA encryption.
ESET Anti-Virus is installed on every networked computer in the school and also on teacher’s personal laptops that access the school network. The software updates itself daily, and constantly scans for viruses to keep the network secure.
Upon entering the school pupils and their parents/guardians are required to sign an, “Acceptable Use Agreement” for computer use and internet access at school.
Procedures can be put in place for staff to be able to block pupil’s internet access at school for a period of time as a sanction for inappropriate use of the internet. In the event of this occurring, parents/carers are informed through a letter sent home.
Pupils’ network access can also be blocked at the discretion of the IT Technician in the event of more serious network abuse. In the event of pupils hacking into the network or attempting to disrupt the smooth running of the network, they can be suspended at the discretion of the Principal or Deputy Principal
On-site technical support for the curriculum network is provided by the IT Technician who is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the network infrastructure, all hardware and software owned by the school, and the provision of technical support for all ICT users.
The administrative network, Facility Administration, is supported by the IT Technician, with assistance of Office Staff.
The ICT inventory is incorporated within the schools asset records, and is updated every 6 months to show current locations, and other pertinent information for all ICT hardware.
An up to date record of all networked software and license information is kept. Networking data including the assignment of static IP address and nodes for networking equipment is also maintained and updated by the IT Technician
Technical support routines and procedures are continuously reviewed and developed to ensure the sustainability of the network infrastructure, hardware and software.
The whole school asset register provides a continuously-updated audit of hardware that facilitates decisions on repair, replacement and development.
The whole school annual budgetary cycle provides the opportunity to identify maintenance, replacement and development needs for ICT infrastructure, network services, technical support, equipment and software. The “core” annual budgets are ICT General and Capital.
Before being disposed of, all ICT equipment is firstly made safe and removed from the schools register of assets. All hard drives are either destroyed or reformatted to wipe all data stored for possible reuse. Equipment is then stored in a secure location on site and then removed to the local recycling facility,
In an ever increasing world of ICT developments it is important we try to keep abreast of emerging technologies and review their potential impact on teaching, learning and communication within the school and beyond. To support this representatives of the school attend the annual JMB ICT Conference and other relevant conferences as appropriate.
Teachers are encouraged to attend in-service on the use of ICT in the classroom.
If a development in (hardware or software) is deemed to have the potential to improve teaching and learning or administration it will be reviewed, trialled and, if proved to be successful, incorporated into whole school use depending on budgetary constraints.
Information about the school, including the newsletter, is made available to staff, students, parents/guardians and the general public on the school’s website.
Each year, parents/guardians of 1st Years are made aware of, and asked to support the school’s policy on internet use when they receive an “Acceptable Use Agreement” They are required to read and sign the agreement, as are the 1st Years students.
Parents/Guardians are informed if their child is found to be using the network or the internet in any way that contravenes the “Acceptable Use Agreement”.
The school website is kept up to date by the IT Technician. All staff members are encouraged to inform her of any changes that need to be made.
Ratified by Board of Management : 22nd February 2012
To be reviewed : February 2014
Acceptable Use Agreement
The purpose of the Computer Resources policy is to provide a framework for the use of ICT by students and staff. The school has provided ICT equipment for use by students offering a vast amount of information and offering great potential to support the curriculum.
In this policy, computing resources are defined as those computers, computer software, networks, and electronic messaging systems (e-mail, voice mail, facsimile and imaging systems) operated by or for the benefit of the students of the school. The use of these resources is a privilege, not a right and inappropriate use will result in that privilege being withdrawn. It is the student’s responsibility to use these resources in a manner that is efficient, ethical and legal.
Data Security & Privacy
All Data is stored in accordance with provision of the Data Protection Act: 1998