Mrs A Quinn – BSc(Hons), PGCE – Head of Department
Mrs H Irvine – Subject Teacher
Mrs E Graham – Subject Teacher
The ICT department aims to ensure that pupils at Omagh High School acquire the knowledge and skills they need for the emerging information society in which they live, work and learn and seeks to promote continuity, coherence and progression at all stages. We want our pupils to master the tools and technology needed for the digital world in which we live and equip them for their future.
Our ICT Facilities
Omagh High School has invested heavily over the past year in new IT infrastructure. The school currently has three fully equipped IT suites with state of the art computers.
The pupils have access to the facilities during lessons or during their free time when they need to complete homework.
There are ICT facilities in various areas of the school where the use of specific software is necessary. Those areas are Art, Music and Technology.
There is a significant number of ICT resources and printing facilities in the Sixth Form centre which pupils in Year 13 and 14 can access at any time.
Key Stage 3
In addition to the cross-curricular ICT provision across all areas of Study we also have discrete ICT classes. All pupils receive two periods of ICT in Years 8-10. KS3 ICT focuses on introducing pupils to common software applications as well as placing emphasis on the safe use of the internet. They obtain skills necessary to become skilful ICT users and this learning is consolidated through collaborative tasks within other subjects.
• Office 365 (OneDrive, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Class Notebook, Stream, Sway, Forms, Teams)
• Microsoft Access
• Desk Top Publishing
• Web Design
• Games Development
• Programming – Scratch / Python / BBC Micro Bit
GCSE Digital Technology
Many pupils select to study Digital Technology at GCSE. The course is taught in 5 x 35min periods in Year 11 and 12.
Students acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of digital technology in a variety of contexts. They also develop creative and practical digital technology skills, either using a range of generic software or in an object-oriented environment. They explore the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental impact of digital technology. This qualification also helps them to develop transferable skills such as creative problem-solving and teamwork.
This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Cross-Curricular Skill of Using ICT.
This qualification is available as:
– GCSE Digital Technology (Multimedia)
– GCSE Digital Technology (Programming)
Route A – Multimedia
|Compulsory Core Units||Unit 1: Digital Technology||
|Multimedia Units||Unit 2: Digital Authoring Concepts||
|Unit 3: Digital Authoring Practice||
Route B – Programming
|Compulsory Core Units||Unit 1: Digital Technology||
|Programming Units||Unit 2: Digital Development Concepts||
|Unit 3: Digital Development Practice||
GCE Digital Technology
Many pupils select to study Digital Technology at A Level. The course is taught in 8 x 35min periods in Year 13 and 9x 35min periods in Year 14.
The CCEA GCE Digital Technology specification is for students interested in current and emerging technologies, the impact they have and how to use them effectively.
In the AS units, students explore approaches to the development of complex digital technology systems, the key stages in the process and the outputs produced. They also develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of any digital technology system, such as data representation, computer architecture, software and the user interface.
Students who continue to A2 develop knowledge and understanding of concepts such as computer networks, databases, mobile technologies, cloud computing, legislation, and moral and ethical issues. They apply their skills, knowledge and understanding to develop an application that solves a problem for a specified client.
|AS 1: Approaches to Software Development||
|AS 2: Fundamentals of Digital Technology||
|A2 1: Information Systems||
|A2 2: Application Development (Case Study)||
Skills Developed in this Subject
- The capacity to thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
- The skills to work collaboratively;
- Problem solving skills;
- The ability to appraise and make critical judgments about the use of IT systems.
- The key skills needed for the world of work: application of number, communication, improving their own learning and performance and digital technology.
Digital Technology provides opportunities for students to progress to career paths leading to professional IT management and responsible use of IT within industry. It also provides a basis for all computer related careers and in particular that of a Systems Analyst. IT has become a core skill and is highly desirable in most careers.
• Project Manager
• Systems Analyst
• Network Administrator
• Computer Sales Advisor
• Applications Developer
• ICT Trainer
• Software Engineer
• Website Designer
• Computer Aided Design
• Database Administrator
• Multimedia Production Assistant
• Software Support Technician
• Network Engineer
• Civil Servant
• Customer Service/Support
• ICT Consultant
• ICT Infrastructure Designer