The Information and Communication Technology department at Dukhan English School boasts four full-size ICT laboratories (further IT facilities exist in the Sixth Form and Design and Technology areas) and five full-time specialist ICT teachers. Each laboratory is fully networked and is equipped with upwards of twenty-one of the latest desktop machines supplied by Q.P., all connected to the internet. There are also both colour and black and white laser printers, together with data projectors for demonstration to the students.
At DES, all students have ICT lessons from Reception right through to Year 11, with a two year A-Level in Applied Information and Communication Technology being an option in the Sixth Form. From Year 1 through to Year 9, the students follow the UK National Curriculum in ICT (http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090608182316/http://standards.dfes.gov.uk/schemes2/it/?view=get), while in Year 10 and 11, the students follow the IGCSE in ICT from the Cambridge International Examinations board (http://www.cie.org.uk/). In Reception classes the students take part in activities designed to both support the work they do in their other classes and to prepare them for Year 1 in ICT. DES also offers evening classes for Beginners from the adult community in Dukhan.
As well as a wealth of specialised educational software such as modelling applications, drawing application and simulation applications, all students have the opportunity to develop their skills using the industry standard Microsoft Office suite of applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. The internet is an important part of the program of study and the students have many opportunities to develop their skills on the internet in a safe environment, including the use of e-mail. With Key Stage 3, 4 and the Sixth Form more and more of the content of the course is moving online using the school’s virtual learning environment called Moodle. This gives the students and parents the opportunity to access the content of the courses while at home, submit their homework online and receive teacher feedback online.
By the time the students finish compulsory ICT in Year 11, they have earned a formal qualification in IGCSE ICT that merges today's relevant ICT theory with high level skills in the practical use of computers that would put many adults to shame, preparing them for 21st century world of work.
Robotics is part of the STEM (science technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum that is being promoted in schools around the world. At Dukhan English School we welcome students from Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 to use their imagination and their curiosity in developing their creative and thinking skills. Using the Lego Mindstorms NXT and Ev3 software, students can build and program robots to perform different functions. The eventual aim is to compete at the National and World Robotic Olympiads.
More information about the World Robotic Olympiad can be found at: http://www.wroboto.org/