At Halsford Park Junior School we believe everyone has the right to the best possible education regardless of starting point, Special Educational Needs or personal circumstances. We aim to ensure that each person within our community has every opportunity to reach their full potential, in this case through effective use of technology.
Technology is everywhere, entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most importantly learn. It has changed the learning environment so that learning is more interactive, engaging and relevant.
We wish to expand learning horizons with access to modern computing. In this case children will access entirely new, up to date Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and learn how to support other members of the community in their access to this technology. It will give the children not only skills in modern computing but also open them to the enrichment of compassion for others of an older generation.
Why do we need Tech Know How?
ICT plays an increasingly important role in the way we communicate, learn and live. Ofcom found 62% of 5 to 15-year-old children use mobile phones and 67% use computers, tablets or notebooks. Also, according to Ofcom, more than 7.5 million adults have never used the internet. Many of these are older - two-fifths are over 75.
The challenge is to effectively harness these technologies in a way that serves the interests of learners and the larger teaching/learning community:
- Children need ICT skills as computing devices are shaping the world they grow up in. When these young children enter the employment market, they will need to understand logic-based thinking at some level.
- Older people are facing one of their biggest threats-loneliness. Access and skills in technology will allow the older generation to interact with others online. Knowing how to access communication apps like Skype will help alleviate this.
What is our Vision?
We aim to educate our pupils in ICT skills throughout their schooling. The older pupils will use these skills in our FREE inter-generational technology support group for older people. It'll be led by young volunteers and IT professional parents.
With a cup of tea and a smile, our volunteers will lead members of our local elderly community through the maze of modern technology. From how to fire up a Kindle and how to use a touch screen tablet through to internet banking and Skype, this scheme aims to assist the older generation in their ICT skills to become independent technology users.
Why is this project needed?
According to studies, relating to older adults can be challenging for young people. This project will give our volunteers opportunities to interact with a different generation and;
- Provide an opportunity for both to learn new skills
- Give the child and the older adult a sense of purpose
- Help to alleviate fears children may have of the elderly
- Invigorate and energise older adults
- Help reduce the likelihood of depression through loneliness in the elderly
- Reduce the isolation of older adults
- Fill a void for children who do not have grandparents available to them
- Help keep family stories and history alive
- Aide in cognitive stimulation as well as broaden social circles when our volunteer introduces technology into the life a senior
Why do we need the funding now?
The ICT currently in place is out of date and many of our laptops and touch pads no longer work. The school needs to catch up with modern technology to be relevant to the STEM* education of our children. Technology moves at a frenetic pace and we need to stay abreast of it to offer the best learning experience we can.
- 67% of 5-7s and 80% of 8-11s use tablets to access digital information, it is important to teach the safe use of ICT from the start of school then harness and grow their ICT literacy to their advantage.
- 77% of older people would need someone to help walk them through the process of setting up a new device.
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths
How can we make this happen?
This project is run by volunteers both pupils and parents. They will be donating their time to the Tech Know How Cafe. In order for them to do that we need access to the school media suite out of school hours and to have the appropriate working technology, which is the fundamental focus of this project.
"The use of technology for enabling social contact and participation can be very successful, but many older people need help at the start and some need ongoing support or reassurance." Ageuk
Your donations will make a difference.
Please consider contributing to our project, no matter how small, it will positively impact the education of both our young and elderly communities.