IB Primary Years Programme
The role of ICT in a PYP school
This document provides information on the role of information and communication technologies (ICT)in the PYP, and should be read in conjunction with
Making the PYP happen: A curriculumframework for international primary education
Beliefs and values about ICT in the PYP
Today’s educators must provide a learning environment that takes students beyond the walls of their classrooms and into a world of endless opportunities... by ensuring that digital-agestudents are empowered to learn, love, and work successfully today and tomorrow.
International Society for Technology in Educationhttp://www.iste.org/standards.aspx
In the PYP, the ever-increasing impact of
information and communication technologies
(ICT) onteaching and learning is an important consideration. Through ICT, we have greater opportunities for interactive communication and exchange of information through global collaboration, authenticlearning, expansion of the learning community and empowerment for all learners.In this constantly evolving digital age, ICT is progressively becoming a ubiquitous part of a learner’s lifeat school and beyond – from learning, working, innovating, creating, responding, problem-solving,problem-posing, to socializing and playing. Students inhabit a world saturated with information,images, and sound. Students in the PYP continually explore creative and innovate uses of emergingtechnologies beyond their basic functional applications, discovering new ways of engaging withcontent meaningfully, and participate fully in today’s world.ICT is a powerful conduit through which learners construct a sense of self, develop an understandingof, and become an active participant in, the world around them. It provides learners with a wide rangeof tools, mediums, learning environments and opportunities to construct meaning, create newknowledge, share, and continually reflect upon their understandings.ICT provides opportunities for the transformation of teaching and learning and enables students toinvestigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize and take responsibility for their own learningand action. It allows students to make connections and reach a deeper understanding of its relevanceand applicability to their everyday lives. Through the use of ICT, lifelong learners develop and applystrategies for critical and creative thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections, and apply newunderstandings and skills in different contexts. With the rapid pace of technological change, we mustbe reflective lifelong learners who engage with and adapt to new ideas brought about by technology.The IB learner profile is integral to teaching and learning in the PYP because it represents the qualitiesof effective learners and internationally-minded students. The learner profile, together with the fiveessential elements of the programme – concepts, knowledge, skills, attitude and action – informs theintegration of ICT in planning, teaching and assessing in the PYP.
Good ICT practice
ICT is one of the connecting elements across the curriculum. As students engage with ICT across andbetween the subject areas, they come to a deeper understanding of its relevance and applicability totheir everyday lives. Appropriate attitudes and behaviours are also modelled within the school and theschool community.
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