Enrichment activities expand on pupils' learning in ways that differ from the methods used during the usual school day. They are often interactive or project-focused. They enhance a pupils' education by bringing new concepts to light or by using old concepts in new ways. These activities are fun for the pupils, but they also, and most importantly, impart knowledge. They allow the participants to apply knowledge and skills stressed in school to real-life experiences. In addition, enrichment activities educate our pupils in the areas of social skills, teamwork, leadership, competition, and discipline. They ensure that academic concepts are taught through a fun, engaging activity rather than by direct instruction.
Information and Communication Technology is here to stay and is forming an ever-increasing part of children's lives. Desktop PCs, laptops, netbooks, mobile telephones, smart phones, MP3 players, fax machines, bar codes in supermarkets, automatic doors, cash dispensing machines etc. are all part of everyday life to today's pupils.
The explosion of technology during the last 10 years in particular has been astounding. It was only 10 years ago that people truly began to embrace mobile telecommunications, where they would have bulky devices that they would carry around with them to speak to and text people from a remote location. In the space of 10 years these handheld devices have become smaller, quicker, more powerful and now have the ability to record video, capture photographs, send emails, play music and much, much more.
In terms of computing, if you turned the clock back 10 years and you attempted to make a wireless connection to the internet (WI-FI), then you would have been met with an extremely difficult task because that technology was only in its developmental stages, and was not really available to the public.
When you think in terms of the aesthetics and functionality of computers, they have changed dramatically over the last decade. No longer do we operate slow loading, bulky personal computers that require a lot of space. Our personal computers are now sleek, quick and practical. Our pupils live in a society that relies heavily on technology and based on its growth during the past decade, this reliance is ever increasing. The pupils in our school need to be exposed to and skilled in all facets of information technology as an essential means of developing their appreciation and understanding of technological world they live in, as a 21st Century learner.