The generous ICT provision is integral to the teaching, learning and leisure time at Moreton. Currently, children from Year 1 upward have ICT lessons in their curriculum and have ready access to computers, laptops, data-loggers and other hardware wherever they are in the school. The two ICT suites, the library and the boarding house computers are accessible through the working day, in the evenings and weekends and the study bedrooms of the older students have internet access points, and in addition in recent years, the school has invested in a fibre optic broadband connection and WiFi access points around the school to enable a seamless broadband experience. A recent development has seen the WiFi speed trebled to meet the demands of change.
Many of the students have their own laptops and other devices and receive support from our technicians. All students are encouraged to gain formal ICT qualifications, and Computer Science and Programming is available to anyone with an interest in a career in ICT and Computing. All students learn to program in Python and use Raspberry pi computers. All main teaching rooms are equipped with data projectors and interactive whiteboards and teaching staff integrate ICT as an added dimension to their lesson delivery and administration.
The school has embraced the use of cloud facilities to allow for collaborative group work in and outside of the classroom, and for students to share their work with their teachers for feedback and improvement in real time. The addition of the VLE (virtual learning environment) for use by the whole school has equally enhanced students’ learning through their easy access to resources and supporting materials for their studies, at school and at home. More recently, Parents were given access to the VLE to allow a view into key resources, subject content, tasks, and enhancement opportunities.
A BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy was put in place in September 2016, to allow students to use their own devices to enhance their learning experience. All of these developments are underpinned by a fast and secure wi-fi network, with students' e-safety at the heart of all ICT developments.
Students in Moreton First regularly use Chromebooks in their Computing lessons and enjoy the benefits of cloud storage and collaborative work with their peers and teachers. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards to support and enhance students' learning, and the use of tablets is integrated with this. Moreton First students also have the opportunity to work with Raspberry pi computers and to learn programming.
Assemblies, drama productions and Spoken English presentations are enhanced by projected images and video and the Upper Four produce personalised story books for children in a local junior school. Some of the Sixth Form are involved with a local hospital, producing medical teaching resources from videos they have taken there and the Remove Art classes make their clay models come to life using animation software. The Art Department has a dedicated ICT area with the full Adobe CS Suite. Girls have access to Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign both in the ICT area and on their laptops, by request. We encourage all the girls to learn Photoshop skills with which to manipulate their drawings, and photography work. Photo-Stencil Screen Printing facilities work well with this equipment and particularly enhance the work of our older girls. All our students, from Moreton First right up to the Sixth Form, have access to good quality digital cameras and are used to using Photography as a means by which to record and develop their ideas. Girls are encouraged to use film as part of their Art, and we have editing software iMovie with which to support this. In the Music department at all key stages, students’ performances are regularly recorded and videoed either in the classroom or, for GCSE and A level performances, by a professional sound engineer. Sibelius 6 is used to present compositional ideas and at GCSE and A Level it is an integral part of the composition element and helps to present work in a professional way.
Students’ safe use of the internet for both school and personal use is essential, and the school has an effective and appropriate e-safety program to ensure they are aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
As the world of technology evolves, we are constantly investigating ways that will allow us to be at the forefront of the use of ICT in teaching and learning.
We are happy to announce that Moreton Hall has been accredited as a Friendly WiFi site. This accreditation is a symbol that the WiFi access is safe in school.